Henry David Thoreau Quotes

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

The path of least resistance leads to crooked rivers and crooked men. – Henry David Thoreau

A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone. – Henry David Thoreau

Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams. – Henry David Thoreau

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings. – Henry David Thoreau

Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself. – Henry David Thoreau

All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be. – Henry David Thoreau

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

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

I have an immense appetite for solitude, like an infant for sleep, and if I don’t get enough for this year, I shall cry all the next. – Henry David Thoreau

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

It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about? – Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes. – Henry David Thoreau

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

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

When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest. – 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

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new. – Henry David Thoreau

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. – Henry David Thoreau

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

Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. – Henry David Thoreau

This world is but canvas to our imaginations. – Henry David Thoreau

All good things are wild and free. – Henry David Thoreau

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. – Henry David Thoreau

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately… – Henry David Thoreau

Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star. – Henry David Thoreau

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. – Henry David Thoreau

It is never too late to give up your prejudices. – 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

It is not worth the while to let our imperfections disturb us always. – Henry David Thoreau

Dreams are the touchstones of our characters. – Henry David Thoreau

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

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

The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. – Henry David Thoreau

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live. – Henry David Thoreau