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50 Famous Henry David Thoreau Quotes, Sayings & Quotations

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Beautiful Henry David Thoreau Quotes

“A man’s interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town.”

“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.”

“Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.”

“A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.”

“Front yards are not made to walk in, but, at most, through, and you could go in the back way.”

“Alas! how little does the memory of these human inhabitants enhance the beauty of the landscape!”

“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”

“An unclean person is universally a slothful one.”

“Before printing was discovered, a century was equal to a thousand years.”

“As for doing good; that is one of the professions which is full. Moreover I have tried it fairly and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution.”

“Being is the great explainer.”
“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.”

“A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man’s life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars.”

“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.”

Awesome Henry David Thoreau Quotes

“Be not simply good – be good for something.”

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.”

“Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.”

“All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one… characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers.”

“Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.”

“After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.”

“Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes.”

“As in geology, so in social institutions, we may discover the causes of all past changes in the present invariable order of society.”


“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”

“Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends… Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.”

“Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.”

“Books are to be distinguished by the grandeur of their topics even more than by the manner in which they are treated.”

“Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?”

“Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.”

“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.”

“God reigns when we take a liberal view, when a liberal view is presented to us.”

Great Henry David Thoreau Quotes

“Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.”

“All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning.”

“Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.”

“Faith never makes a confession.”

“Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”

“Every people have gods to suit their circumstances.”

“Do what nobody else can do for you. Omit to do anything else.”

“Every man casts a shadow; not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit. This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will, it falls opposite to the sun; short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it?”

“Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still.”

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

“Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.”

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

“Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.”

“Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.”

“Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.”

“Dreams are the touchstones of our character.”

“The language of friendship is not words but meanings.”

“All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.”

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

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