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Henry David Thoreau
Born: 1817-07-12
Birthplace: Concord, MA
Died: 1862-05-06
Location of Death: Concord, MA
Field: Author
Info: Walden

Henry David Thoreau Quotes


It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.

More Henry David Thoreau Quotes


  1. A grain of gold will gild a great surface, but not ...
  2. A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who d ...
  3. A man is rich in proportion to the number of thing ...
  4. A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, an ...
  5. A simple and independent mind does not toil at the ...
  6. Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good fo ...
  7. All good things are wild, and free. ...
  8. All perception of truth is the detection of an ana ...
  9. All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable her ...
  10. Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind i ...
  11. Arthur Schopenhauer Only he is successful in his b ...
  12. As for the pyramids, there is nothing to wonder at ...
  13. As if there were safety in stupidity alone. ...
  14. As if we could kill time without injuring eternity ...
  15. Be not simply good - be good for something. ...
  16. Be true to your work, your word, and your friend. ...
  17. Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes ...
  18. Books are the carriers of civilization. Without bo ...
  19. Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise ...
  20. Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes. ...
  21. Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of ...
  22. Do not despair of life. Think of the fox, prowling ...
  23. Do not hire a man who does your work for money, bu ...
  24. Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. Fo ...
  25. Do what nobody else can do for you. Omit to do any ...
  26. Dreams are the touchstones of our character. ...
  27. Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which ...
  28. Every creature is better alive than dead, men and ...
  29. Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but f ...
  30. Every man is the builder of a temple called his bo ...
  31. Faint heart never won true friend. O my friend, ma ...
  32. Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say ...
  33. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Li ...
  34. Good poetry seems too simple and natural a thing t ...
  35. Goodness is the only investment that never fails. ...
  36. Government never furthered any enterprise but the ...
  37. Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay do ...
  38. He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his ...
  39. Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads ...
  40. Heroes are often the most ordinary of men. ...
  41. How many a man has dated a new era in his life fro ...
  42. How often we find ourselves turning our backs on o ...
  43. How sweet it would be to treat men and things, for ...
  44. How vain it is to sit down to write when you have ...
  45. However mean your life is, meet it and live it do ...
  46. I came into this world, not chiefly to make this a ...
  47. I derive no pleasure from talking with a young wom ...
  48. I do not propose to write an ode to dejection, but ...
  49. I do not wish to kill nor to be killed, but I can ...
  50. I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through th ...
  51. I have learned this at least by my experiment that ...
  52. I have lived some thirty-odd years on this planet, ...
  53. I have never found a companion that was so compani ...
  54. I hear many condemn these men because they were so ...
  55. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unques ...
  56. I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that i ...
  57. I love to be alone. I never found the companion th ...
  58. I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a ...
  59. I say beware of all enterprises that require new c ...
  60. I see young men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it ...
  61. I should not talk so much about myself if there we ...
  62. I stand in awe of my body. ...
  63. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, mor ...
  64. I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after ...
  65. I went to the woods because I wished to live delib ...
  66. If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated ...
  67. If a man does not keep pace with his companions, p ...
  68. If a man walks in the woods for love of them half ...
  69. If one advances confidently in the direction of hi ...
  70. If the day and the night are such that you greet t ...
  71. If you have built castles in the air, your work ne ...
  72. If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do ...
  73. Ignorance and bungling with love are better than w ...
  74. In dreams we see ourselves naked and acting our re ...
  75. In solitude especialy do we begin to appreciate th ...
  76. In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Th ...
  77. In what concerns you much, do not think that you h ...
  78. In wildness is the preservation of the world. - fr ...
  79. It is an interesting question how far men would re ...
  80. It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate ...
  81. It is never too late to give up our prejudices. ...
  82. It is not enough to be busy the question is what a ...
  83. It is only when we forget all our learning that we ...
  84. It is pleasant to have been to a place the way a r ...
  85. It is something to be able to paint a particular p ...
  86. It takes two to speak truth - One to speak, and an ...
  87. It's not what you look at that matters, it's what ...
  88. Let your life be a counter friction to stop the ma ...
  89. Life should begin with age and its privileges and ...
  90. Live each season as it passes breathe the air, dri ...
  91. Live your beliefs and you can turn the world aroun ...
  92. Make the most of your regrets. . . . To regret dee ...
  93. Man is the artificer of his own happiness. ...
  94. Many men go fishing all of their lives without kno ...
  95. Men are born to succeed, not to fail. ...
  96. Men have become the tools of their tools. ...
  97. Money is not required to buy one necessary of the ...
  98. Most men would feel insulted if it were proposed t ...
  99. Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called com ...
  100. Most people dread finding out when they come to di ...
  101. Must be out-of-doors enough to get experience of w ...
  102. My friend is one... who take me for what I am. ...
  103. Nature abhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk wit ...
  104. Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invit ...
  105. Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and wor ...
  106. None are so old as those who have outlived enthusi ...
  107. None can be an impartial or wise observer of human ...
  108. Not that the story need be long, but it will take ...
  109. Not till we are lost, in other words, not till we ...
  110. One may discover a new side to his most intimate f ...
  111. Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are ...
  112. Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest ma ...
  113. Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake ...
  114. Petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow ...
  115. Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me t ...
  116. Say what you have to say, not what you ought. any ...
  117. Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I ...
  118. Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as wh ...
  119. Success usually comes to those who are too busy to ...
  120. Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as ...
  121. That government is best which governs least. - fro ...
  122. That man is the richest whose pleasures are the ch ...
  123. The bluebird carries the sky on his back. ...
  124. The character inherent in the American people has ...
  125. The cost of a things is the amount of what I call ...
  126. The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom ...
  127. The finest workers in stone are not copper or stee ...
  128. The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was ...
  129. The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of ...
  130. The language of friendship is not words but meanin ...
  131. The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency o ...
  132. The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to u ...
  133. The man for whom law exists -- the man of forms, t ...
  134. The man who goes alone can start today; but he who ...
  135. The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. ...
  136. The most I can do for my friend is simply be his f ...
  137. The only obligation which I have a right to assume ...
  138. The price of anything is the amount of life you ex ...
  139. The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as i ...
  140. The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to ...
  141. The ways by which you may get money almost without ...
  142. The world is but a canvas to the imagination. ...
  143. There are a thousand hacking at the branches of ev ...
  144. There are now-a-days professors of philosophy but ...
  145. There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consu ...
  146. There is no remedy for love but to love more. ...
  147. There is no rule more invariable than that we are ...
  148. Things do not change; we change. ...
  149. Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. ...
  150. To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gos ...
  151. To affect the quality of the day that is the art o ...
  152. To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle t ...
  153. To reget deeply is to live afresh. ...
  154. True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does ...
  155. Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, t ...
  156. Voting for the right is doing nothing for it. ...
  157. Water is the only drink for a wise man. ...
  158. We are always paid for our suspicion by finding wh ...
  159. We are armed with language adequate to describe ea ...
  160. We are sometimes made aware of a kindness long pas ...
  161. We do not learn by inference and deduction and the ...
  162. We falsely attribute to men a determined character ...
  163. We must have infinite faith in each other. If we h ...
  164. We must walk consciously only part way toward our ...
  165. We seem but to linger in manhood to tell the dream ...
  166. We shall see but a little way if we require to und ...
  167. What a man thinks of himself that is what determin ...
  168. What does education often do It makes a straight-c ...
  169. What is a country without rabbits and partridges T ...
  170. What is called genius is the abundance of life and ...
  171. What is called resignation is confirmed desperatio ...
  172. What is human warfare but just this; an effort to ...
  173. What is the use of a house if you haven't got a to ...
  174. What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are ...
  175. What men call good fellowship is commonly but the ...
  176. What old people say you cannot do, you try and fin ...
  177. What people say you cannot do, you try and find th ...
  178. Whatever sentence will bear to be read twice, we m ...
  179. When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulner ...
  180. When I read some of the rules for speaking and wri ...
  181. Why should we be in such desperate hast to succeed ...
  182. Why should we live with such hurry and waste of li ...
  183. You must live in the present, launch yourself on e ...

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