Quotes by Henry David Thoreau

Simplify, simplify.
- Henry David Thoreau
To be awake is to be alive.
- Henry David Thoreau
Being is the great explainer.
- Henry David Thoreau
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Faith never makes a confession.
- Henry David Thoreau
Things do not change; we change.
- Henry David Thoreau
Live the life you've dreamed.
- Henry David Thoreau
The heart is forever inexperienced.
- Henry David Thoreau
Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
- Henry David Thoreau
'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.
- Henry David Thoreau
What is once well done is done forever.
- Henry David Thoreau
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Truths and roses have thorns about them.
- Henry David Thoreau
The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
- Henry David Thoreau
Men have become the tools of their tools.
- Henry David Thoreau
Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.
- Henry David Thoreau
The perception of beauty is a moral test.
- Henry David Thoreau
The rarest quality in an epitaph is truth.
- Henry David Thoreau
Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
- Henry David Thoreau
The universe is wider than our views of it.
- Henry David Thoreau
Be not simply good - be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau
It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.
- Henry David Thoreau
That government is best which governs least.
- Henry David Thoreau
Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
- Henry David Thoreau
The savage in man is never quite eradicated.
- Henry David Thoreau
There is no remedy for love but to love more.
- Henry David Thoreau
In wildness is the preservation of the world.
- Henry David Thoreau
There is no just and serene criticism as yet.
- Henry David Thoreau
This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
- Henry David Thoreau
Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
- Henry David Thoreau
It is never too late to give up our prejudices.
- Henry David Thoreau
If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated?
- Henry David Thoreau
How can any man be weak who dares to be at all?
- Henry David Thoreau
Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
- Henry David Thoreau
An unclean person is universally a slothful one.
- Henry David Thoreau
Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau
Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.
- Henry David Thoreau
Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
- Henry David Thoreau
How sweet is the perception of a new natural fact!
- Henry David Thoreau
That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.
- Henry David Thoreau
If misery loves company, misery has company enough.
- Henry David Thoreau
Every people have gods to suit their circumstances.
- Henry David Thoreau
Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
- Henry David Thoreau
Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
- Henry David Thoreau
After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.
- Henry David Thoreau
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
- Henry David Thoreau
Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.
- Henry David Thoreau
The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.
- Henry David Thoreau
There is but one stage for the peasant and the actor.
- Henry David Thoreau
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
- Henry David Thoreau
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
- Henry David Thoreau
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
- Henry David Thoreau
Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.
- Henry David Thoreau
Instead of noblemen, let us have noble villages of men.
- Henry David Thoreau
We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
- Henry David Thoreau
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
- Henry David Thoreau
Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
- Henry David Thoreau
Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.
- Henry David Thoreau
The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
- Henry David Thoreau
The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do?
- Henry David Thoreau
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
- Henry David Thoreau
What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.
- Henry David Thoreau
Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify.
- Henry David Thoreau
It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
- Henry David Thoreau
I have been as sincere a worshipper of Aurora as the Greeks.
- Henry David Thoreau
Do what nobody else can do for you. Omit to do anything else.
- Henry David Thoreau
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.
- Henry David Thoreau
Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau
May we so love as never to have occasion to repent of our love!
- Henry David Thoreau
I have found that hollow, which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau
We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect.
- Henry David Thoreau
To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.
- Henry David Thoreau
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
- Henry David Thoreau
Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so.
- Henry David Thoreau
It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
- Henry David Thoreau
Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau
I cannot read a single word of the Hindoos without being elevated.
- Henry David Thoreau
It is the greatest of all advantages to enjoy no advantage at all.
- Henry David Thoreau
Those whom we can love, we can hate; to others we are indifferent.
- Henry David Thoreau
It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.
- Henry David Thoreau
It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.
- Henry David Thoreau
There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.
- Henry David Thoreau
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
- Henry David Thoreau
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau
Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant.
- Henry David Thoreau
Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
- Henry David Thoreau
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
- Henry David Thoreau
We shall see but a little way if we require to understand what we see.
- Henry David Thoreau
How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
- Henry David Thoreau
All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau
Before printing was discovered, a century was equal to a thousand years.
- Henry David Thoreau
The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.
- Henry David Thoreau
Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.
- Henry David Thoreau
I have always been regretting that I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau
They can do without architecture who have no olives nor wines in the cellar.
- Henry David Thoreau
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
- Henry David Thoreau
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
- Henry David Thoreau
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
- Henry David Thoreau
A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.
- Henry David Thoreau
Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
- Henry David Thoreau
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.
- Henry David Thoreau
Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.
- Henry David Thoreau
God reigns when we take a liberal view, when a liberal view is presented to us.
- Henry David Thoreau
There is more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.
- Henry David Thoreau
The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.
- Henry David Thoreau
The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.
- Henry David Thoreau
It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.
- Henry David Thoreau
Is the babe young? When I behold it, it seems more venerable than the oldest man.
- Henry David Thoreau
Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.
- Henry David Thoreau