Quotes of Henry David Thoreau

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

- Henry David Thoreau

“ The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ Every man is the builder of a temple called his body. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ I stand in awe of my body. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ In wildness is the preservation of the world. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ It is pleasant to have been to a place the way a river went. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ Things do not change; we change. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ When a dog runs at you, whistle for him. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ [Water is] the only drink for a wise man. ”

- 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

“ Men are born to succeed, not fail. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

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

- Henry David Thoreau

“ I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ Many go fishing without knowing it is fish they are after. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ Man is the artificer of his own happiness. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ [Water is] the only drink for a wise man. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ We cannot but pity the boy who has never fired a gun; he is no more humane, while his education has been sadly neglected. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ When some of my friends have asked me anxiously about their boys, whether they should let them hunt, I have answered yes-- remembering that it was one of the best parts of my education-- make them hunters. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ There is no remedy for love but to love more. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

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

- Henry David Thoreau

“ Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ In wildness is the preservation of the world. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ It is pleasant to have been to a place the way a river went. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ It is never too late to give up our prejudices. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

“ Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler. ”

- Henry David Thoreau

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

- Henry David Thoreau
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