Henry David Thoreau Quotes

Who was Henry David Thoreau?

Henry David Thoreau was an American philosopher, naturalist and author who lived in a cabin in the woods. He is the author of the classic book Walden.

Born July 12, 1817
Died May 6, 1862
Aged 44 years old

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Best 49 Quotes by Henry David Thoreau – Page 1 of 2

“A man can suffocate on courtesy.”

“A man may be very industrious, and yet not spend his time well. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of life getting his living.”

“Be yourself, not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.”

“Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.”

“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”

“Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.”

“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.”

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“Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin!”

“Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.”

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

“He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.”

“He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.”

“How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.”

“I can alter my life by altering my attitude. He who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers.”

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“I make myself rich by making my wants few.”

“I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion. Let us see who is the strongest.”

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“I began learning long ago that those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”

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“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”

“If a man does not keep pace with his
companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let
him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple-tree or
an oak. Shall he turn his spring into summer?”

“If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.”

“If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.”

“In what concerns you much, do not think that you have companions: know that you are alone in the world.”

“It is never too late to give up our prejudices.”

“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. What are we busy about?”

“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.”

“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.”

“Men are born to succeed, not to fail.”

“Men have become the tools of their tools.”

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with their song still in them.”

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“My friend is one... who take me for what I am.”

“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.”

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“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”

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