Henry David Thoreau Quotes

I stand in awe of my body.
“I stand in awe of my body.”
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.
“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.”
It is not enough to be busy? The question is: what are we busy about?
“It is not enough to be busy? The question is: what are we busy about?”
The true price of anything you do is the amount of time you exchange for it.
“The true price of anything you do is the amount of time you exchange for it.”
Not till we have lost the world do we begin to find ourselves.
“Not till we have lost the world do we begin to find ourselves.”
We are constantly invited to be who we are.
“We are constantly invited to be who we are.”
An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.”
All good things are wild and free.
“All good things are wild and free.”
I make myself rich by making my wants few.
“I make myself rich by making my wants few.”
Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.
“Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.”
Simplify, simplify.
“Simplify, simplify.”
The sun is but a morning star.
“The sun is but a morning star.”
Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.
“Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.”
I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.
“I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude.”
Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”
A man thinking or working is always alone.
“A man thinking or working is always alone.”
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.
“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.”
Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.
“Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.”
Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”
That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.
“That man is richest whose pleasures are cheapest.”
There is no remedy for love but to love more.
“There is no remedy for love but to love more.”
There is no remedy for love than to love more.
“There is no remedy for love than to love more.”
Even trees do not die without a groan.
“Even trees do not die without a groan.”
Death is beautiful when seen to be a law, and not an accident.
“Death is beautiful when seen to be a law, and not an accident.”
Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.
“Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.”
When it's time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.
“When it's time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.”
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
“If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
“Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.”
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.”
A goal is a dream taken seriously.
“A goal is a dream taken seriously.”
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”
Faith moves mountains, but you have to keep pushing while you are praying.
“Faith moves mountains, but you have to keep pushing while you are praying.”
Man is the artificer of his own happiness.
“Man is the artificer of his own happiness.”
What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.
“What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.”
There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.
“There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.”
Humility, like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.
“Humility, like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.”
The only way to tell the truth is to speak with kindness. Only the words of a loving man can be heard.
“The only way to tell the truth is to speak with kindness. Only the words of a loving man can be heard.”
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. That is where they should be. Now put the foundation under them.
“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. That is where they should be. Now put the foundation under them.”
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.
“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.”
Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
“Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.”
Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.
“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.”
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
“The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.”
You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.
“You cannot dream yourself into a character; you must hammer and forge yourself one.”
The world is but a canvas to the imagination.
“The world is but a canvas to the imagination.”
Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.
“Write while the heat is in you. The writer who postpones the recording of his thoughts uses an iron which has cooled to burn a hole with. He cannot inflame the minds of his audience.”