July 12, 1817 - May 6, 1862


150 Greatest Quotes By Henry David Thoreau

In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood. Henry David Thoreau
Wealth can't buy heath, but heath can buy wealth. Henry David Thoreau
The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams. 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
The silence sings. It is musical. I remember a night when it was audible. I heard the unspeakable. 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
Life in us is like the water in a river. 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
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 will come to you, my friend, when I no longer need you. Then you will find a palace, not an almshouse. Henry David Thoreau
It is the marriage of the soul with nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination. Henry David Thoreau
Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence. Henry David Thoreau
It is truly enough said that a corporation has no conscience. But a corporation of conscientious men is a corporation with a conscience. Henry David Thoreau
It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise. Henry David Thoreau
Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes. Henry David Thoreau
This curious world we inhabit is more wonderful than convenient; more beautiful than it is useful; it is more to be admired and enjoyed than used. 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
Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake. 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
Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed in them. Henry David Thoreau
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all. Henry David Thoreau
My desire for knowledge is intermittent; but my desire to bathe my head in atmospheres unknown to my feet is perennial and constant. Henry David Thoreau
Perfect sincerity and transparency make a great part of beauty, as in dewdrops, lakes, and diamonds. Henry David Thoreau
Let nothing come between you and the light. Henry David Thoreau
I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well. Henry David Thoreau
All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be. Henry David Thoreau
The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend. Henry David Thoreau
If there is any hell more unprincipled than our rulers, and we, the ruled, I feel curious to see it. Henry David Thoreau
It's the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us. The question is not what you look at but what you see. Henry David Thoreau
Think for yourself, or others will think for you without thinking of you. Henry David Thoreau
What sort of philosophers are we, who know absolutely nothing of the origin and destiny of cats? Henry David Thoreau
Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. Henry David Thoreau
As far as I have heard or observed, the principal object is, not that mankind may be well and honestly clad, but, unquestionably, that corporations may be enriched. Henry David Thoreau
In short, all good things are wild and free. 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
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. Henry David Thoreau
I have no time to be in a hurry. Henry David Thoreau
I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright. 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
Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand. Henry David Thoreau
Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams. Henry David Thoreau
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity. Henry David Thoreau
be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be. 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
There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself. Henry David Thoreau
In my opinion, the sun was made to light worthier toil than this. Henry David Thoreau
A lake is a landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. Henry David Thoreau
To have made even one person's life a little better, that is to succeed. Henry David Thoreau
Since most of us spend our lives doing ordinary tasks, the most important thing is to carry them out extraordinarily well. Henry David Thoreau
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. Henry David Thoreau
All things in this world must be seen with youthful, hopeful eyes. Henry David Thoreau