240+ Henry David Thoreau Quotes to learn about life

Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American essayist, poet, and philosopher. A leading transcendentalist, he is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay “Civil Disobedience” (originally published as “Resistance to Civil Government”), an argument for disobedience to an unjust state. He was a lifelong abolitionist, delivering lectures that attacked the Fugitive Slave Law while praising the writings of Wendell Phillips and defending the abolitionist John Brown. Thoreau’s philosophy of civil disobedience later influenced the political thoughts and actions of such notable figures as Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr. Thoreau is sometimes referred to as an anarchist. Though “Civil Disobedience” seems to call for improving rather than abolishing government—”I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government”—the direction of this improvement contrarily points toward anarchism: “That government is best which governs not at all;’ and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have.” We bring you the compilation of the best Henry David Thoreau Quotes, hope you like it.

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240+ Henry David Thoreau Quotes to learn about life

However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. -Henry David Thoreau

The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way.— Henry David Thoreau

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. -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

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of   being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.— Henry David Thoreau

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

He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul’s estate.— Henry David Thoreau

A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend. -Henry David Thoreau

None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty.— Henry David Thoreau

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

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. -Henry David Thoreau

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.— Henry David Thoreau

Shall a man go and hang himself because he belongs to the race of pygmies, and not be the biggest pygmy that he can? -Henry David Thoreau

Live each season as it passes breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.— Henry David Thoreau

Do not despair of life. Think of the fox, prowling in a winter night to satisfy his hunger. His race survives I do not believe any of them ever committed suicide.— Henry David Thoreau

How sweet it would be to treat men and things, for an hour, for just what they are!— Henry David Thoreau, Simplify Simplify

We are armed with language adequate to describe each leaf of the filed, but not to describe human character.— Henry David Thoreau

240+ Henry David Thoreau Quotes to learn about life

There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.— Henry David Thoreau

Petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of reality.— Henry David Thoreau, Walden

We shall see but a little way if we require to understand what we see.— Henry David Thoreau

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

The highest law gives a thing to him who can use it. -Henry David Thoreau

The only obligation which I have a right to assume, is to do at any time what I think right.— Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobience

I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.— Henry David Thoreau

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity. I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumbnail. -Henry David Thoreau

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Man is the artificer of his own happiness. -Henry David Thoreau

Whatever we leave to God, God does and blesses us. -Henry David Thoreau

Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.— Henry David Thoreau,

Where there is a brave man, in the thickest of the fight, there is the post of honour. -Henry David Thoreau

[Water is] the only drink for a wise man.— Henry David Thoreau

To regret deeply is to live afresh.— Henry David Thoreau

It takes two to speak truth  One to speak, and another to hear.— Henry David Thoreau

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. -Henry David Thoreau

Society is commonly too cheap. We meet at very short intervals, not having had time to acquire any new value for each other. We meet at meals three times a day, and give each other a new taste of that old musty cheese that we are. -Henry David Thoreau

240+ Henry David Thoreau Quotes to learn about life

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.— Henry David Thoreau

In what concerns you much, do not think that you have companions: know that you are alone in the world.— Henry David Thoreau

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is in prison.— Henry David Thoreau

Voting for the right is doing nothing for it.— Henry David Thoreau, “An Essay on Civil Disobedience,” 1849.

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. -Henry David Thoreau

Beware all enterprises that require new clothes. -Henry David Thoreau

There is not so good an understanding between any two, but the exposure by the one of a serious fault in the other will produce a misunderstanding in proportion to its heinousness. -Henry David Thoreau

It takes two to speak the truth, one to speak, and another to hear. -Henry David Thoreau

I do not propose to write an ode to dejection, but to brag as lustily as chanticleer in the morning, standing on his roost, if only to wake his neighbours up— Henry David Thoreau, Walden; Where I Lived, And What I Lived For

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand. …Simplify, simplify. -Henry David Thoreau

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.— Henry David Thoreau

All good things are wild, and free.— Henry David Thoreau

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the roots. -Henry David Thoreau

We falsely attribute to men a determined character  putting together all their yesterdays  and averaging them  we presume we know them. Pity the man who has character to support  it is worse than a large family  he is the silent poor indeed.— Henry David Thoreau

Life should begin with age and its privileges and accumulations, and end with youth and its capacity to splendidly enjoy such advantages.— Henry David Thoreau

There is no remedy for love but to love more.— Henry David Thoreau

I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind,  will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.— Henry David Thoreau, “Walden”

240+ Henry David Thoreau Quotes to learn about life

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

What is morality but immemorial custom? Conscience is the chief of conservatives. -Henry David Thoreau

To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge. -Henry David Thoreau

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may, Old time is still a-flying. And this same flower that smiles today, Tomorrow will be dying. -Henry David Thoreau

Faint heart never won true friend. O my friend, may it come to pass, once, that when you are my friend I may be yours.— Henry David Thoreau

To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, an they who edit and read it are old women over their tea.— Henry David Thoreau

Water is the only drink for a wise man. -Henry David Thoreau

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I hear many condemn these men because they were so few. When were the good and the braver every in a majority— Henry David Thoreau

I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.— Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Economy.

How often we find ourselves turning our backs on our actual friends, that we may go and meet their ideal cousins. -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

Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.— Henry David Thoreau, Wednesday, A Week on the Concord and Merri

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought , and attended to my answer.— Henry David Thoreau

Say what you have to say, not what you ought. any truth is better than make Believe!— Henry David Thoreau, Simplify Simplify

The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time. -Henry David Thoreau

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.— Henry David Thoreau

240+ Henry David Thoreau Quotes to learn about life

Shall a man go and hang himself because he belongs to the race of pygmies, and not be the biggest pygmy that he can? -Henry David Thoreau

The faultfinder will find faults even in paradise. -Henry David Thoreau

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

It takes two to speak the truth – one to speak, and another to hear. -Henry David Thoreau

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

What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.— Henry David Thoreau

Friends will not only live in harmony, but in melody. -Henry David Thoreau

I do not wish to kill nor to be killed, but I can foresee circumstances in which these things would be by me unavoidable.— Henry David Thoreau

Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short.— Henry David Thoreau

We must have infinite faith in each other. -Henry David Thoreau

What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?— Henry David Thoreau

I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion.— Henry David Thoreau, “Resistance to Civil Government”

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

The lawyer’s truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.— Henry David Thoreau

This life is not for complaint, but for satisfaction. -Henry David Thoreau

Colour, which is the poet’s wealth, is so expensive that most take to mere outline sketches and become men of science. -Henry David Thoreau

240+ Henry David Thoreau Quotes to learn about life

What a man thinks of himself, that is what determines, or rather indicates, his fate. -Henry David Thoreau

Most men would feel insulted if it were proposed to employ them in throwing stones over a wall, and then in throwing them back, merely that they might earn their wages. But many are no more worthily employed now.— Henry David Thoreau

The man for whom law exists  the man of forms, the Conservative, is a tame man.— Henry David Thoreau

The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible And indescribably as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little stardust caught, A segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.— Henry David Thoreau

What does education often do It makes a straightcut ditch of a free, meandering brook.— Henry David Thoreau

Do what nobody else can do for you. Omit to do anything else.— Henry David Thoreau, Vol. 2, p.318 Houghton Mifflin

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

The highest law gives a thing to him who can use it. -Henry David Thoreau

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.— Henry David Thoreau

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.— Henry David Thoreau

A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance. Observe how the greatest minds yield in some degree to the superstitions of their age.— Henry David Thoreau

However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in Paradise. Love your life. -Henry David Thoreau

Man is the artificer of his own happiness. -Henry David Thoreau

Most people dread finding out when they come to die that they have never really lived.— Henry David Thoreau

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.— 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. -Henry David Thoreau

240+ Henry David Thoreau Quotes to learn about life

We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy.— Henry David Thoreau

In wilderness is the preservation of the world.— Henry David Thoreau

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at its root.— Henry David Thoreau

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison. -Henry David Thoreau

I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than to be crowded on a velvet cushion. -Henry David Thoreau

The eye is the jewel of the body. -Henry David Thoreau

channels, not of trade, but of thought. Every man is the lord of a realm beside which the earthly empire of the Czar is but a petty state, a hummock left by the ice.— Henry David Thoreau

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

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I have learned this at least by my experiment that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he   will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.— Henry David Thoreau

It is life near the bone, where it is sweetest. -Henry David Thoreau

Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more   than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!— Henry David Thoreau, WALDEN: Or, Life in the Woods

Many go fishing without knowing it is fish they are after.— Henry David Thoreau, ?

Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life We are determined to be starved before we are hungry. Men say that a stitch in time saves nine, and so they take a thousand stitiches today to save nine tomorrow.— Henry David Thoreau

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

There are nowadays professors of philosophy but not philosophers.— Henry David Thoreau

We like that a sentence should read as if its author, had he held a plough instead of a pen, could have drawn a furrow deep and straight to the end. -Henry David Thoreau

240+ Henry David Thoreau Quotes to learn about life

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity. -Henry David Thoreau

If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated— Henry David Thoreau

We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect. -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

What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.— Henry David Thoreau

Events, circumstances, etc., have their origin in ourselves. They spring from seeds which we have sown. -Henry David Thoreau

You cannot receive a shock unless you have an electric affinity for that which shocks you. -Henry David Thoreau

He is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing life. -Henry David Thoreau

Imaged, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours. -Henry David Thoreau

Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul.— Henry David Thoreau

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

What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.— Henry David Thoreau, in Walden, “Economy”

In solitude especialy do we begin to appreciate the advantage of living with someone who can think.— Henry David Thoreau

We seem but to linger in manhood to tell the dreams of our childhood, and they vanish out of memory ere we learn the language.— Henry David Thoreau

If I knew … that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life. -Henry David Thoreau

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. -Henry David Thoreau


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