Henry David Thoreau, born David Henry Thoreau

Henry David
Thoreau, born David Henry Thoreau
1817
1862

American Essayist, Naturalist, Poet, Abolitionist, Naturalist, Tax Resister, Development Critic, surveyor, Historian, Philosopher and Leading Transcendentalist

Author Quotes

The universe is wider than our views of it.

The savage in man is never quite eradicated.

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.

That government is best which governs least.

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.

Men have become the tools of their tools.

Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.

Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.

Live the life you've dreamed.

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

It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?

It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.

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.

It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.

In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.

Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.

If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things.

If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated?

How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?

Every people have gods to suit their circumstances.

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

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

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

Author Picture
First Name
Henry David
Last Name
Thoreau, born David Henry Thoreau
Birth Date
1817
Death Date
1862
Bio

American Essayist, Naturalist, Poet, Abolitionist, Naturalist, Tax Resister, Development Critic, surveyor, Historian, Philosopher and Leading Transcendentalist