Henry David Thoreau Quotes

Who is 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 06, 1862

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“Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.”

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

“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.”

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”

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“To be awake is to be alive.”

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“What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.”

Henry David Thoreau

“What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?”

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“A man can suffocate on courtesy.”

Henry David Thoreau

“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.”

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

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

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“Peace is always beautiful.”

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

“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?”

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

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“If, by chance, someone among those men of extraordinary talent is found who has firmness of soul and who refuses to yield to the genius of his age and to debase himself with childish works, woe unto him! He will die in poverty and oblivion.”

Discourse on the Sciences and the Arts


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