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Henry David Thoreau Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by Henry David Thoreau.

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

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The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
- Henry David Thoreau PHOTO

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence.
- Henry David Thoreau PHOTO

Could a greater miracle take place
than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
- Henry David Thoreau PHOTO

 

As you simplify your life,
the laws of the universe will be simpler;
solitude will not be solitude,
poverty will not be poverty,
nor weakness weakness.
- Henry David Thoreau

Live the life you've dreamed.
- Henry David Thoreau

Through our own recovered innocence
we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
- Henry David Thoreau

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Nay, be a Columbus to whole new
continents and worlds within you,
opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
- Henry David Thoreau

You must live in the present,
launch yourself on every wave,
find your eternity in each moment.
- Henry David Thoreau

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.
- Henry David Thoreau

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal,
and then leap in the dark to our success.
- Henry David Thoreau

What old people say you cannot do,
you try and find that you can.
Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake,
not by mechanical aid, but by
an infinite expectation of the dawn.
- Henry David Thoreau

Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations.
For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is what a man thinks of himself
that really determines his fate.
- Henry David Thoreau

Be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you,
opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
- Henry David Thoreau

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
- Henry David Thoreau

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in them.
- Henry David Thoreau PHOTO

The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
- Henry David Thoreau

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important
as what you become by achieving your goals.
- Henry David Thoreau

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
- Henry David Thoreau

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed,
and in such desperate enterprises?
If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.
- Henry David Thoreau

Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.
- Henry David Thoreau

The man who goes alone can start today;
but he who travels with another
must wait till that other is ready.
- Henry David Thoreau

To have done anything just for money
is to have been truly idle.
- Henry David Thoreau

The heart is forever inexperienced.
- Henry David Thoreau

Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

The universe is wider than our views of it.
- Henry David Thoreau

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
- Henry David Thoreau

If a man loses 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.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is never too late to give up our prejudices.
- Henry David Thoreau

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

Being is the great explainer.
- Henry David Thoreau

Is the babe young? When I behold it,
it seems more venerable than the oldest man.
- Henry David Thoreau

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
- Henry David Thoreau

What is once well done is done forever.
- Henry David Thoreau

If we will be quiet and ready enough,
we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.
- Henry David Thoreau

We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

Many men go fishing all of their lives
without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
- Henry David Thoreau

Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit
which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.
- Henry David Thoreau

I did not wish to take a cabin passage,
but rather to go before the mast
and on the deck of the world,
for there I could best see
the moonlight amid the mountains.
I do not wish to go below now.
- Henry David Thoreau

Aim above morality.
Be not simply good,
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
- Henry David Thoreau

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
- Henry David Thoreau

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
- Henry David Thoreau

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life
are not only not indispensable,
but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
- Henry David Thoreau

Do not be too moral.
You may cheat yourself out of much life.
So aim above morality.
Be not simply good;
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
- Henry David Thoreau

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
- Henry David Thoreau

Books can only reveal us to ourselves,
and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
- Henry David Thoreau

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

No face which we can give to a matter
will stead us so well at last as the truth.
This alone wears well.
- Henry David Thoreau

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is not desirable to cultivate
a respect for the law,
so much as for the right.
- Henry David Thoreau

Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
- Henry David Thoreau

Ignorance and bungling with love
are better than wisdom and skill without.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
- Henry David Thoreau

May we so love as never to have occasion
to repent of our love!
- Henry David Thoreau

Truths and roses have thorns about them.
- Henry David Thoreau

If one advances confidently
in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live
the life which he has imagined,
he will meet with success
unexpected in common hours.
- Henry David Thoreau

The perception of beauty is a moral test.
- Henry David Thoreau

Do what you love.
Know your own bone;
gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it,
and gnaw it still.
- Henry David Thoreau

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
- Henry David Thoreau

Things do not change; we change.
- Henry David Thoreau

Simplify, simplify.
- Henry David Thoreau

If it is surely the means to the highest end we know,
can any work be humble or disgusting?
Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder,
the means by which we are translated?
- Henry David Thoreau


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