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

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

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

After the first blush of sin comes its indifference.

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.

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.

When a man's conscience and the laws clash, it is his conscience that he must follow.

What I must do is what concerns me, not what people think.

What the first philosopher taught the last philosopher will have to repeat.

We can never have enough of nature. We are enabled to apprehend at all what is sublime and noble only by the perpetual instilling and drenching of the reality that surrounds us.

Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be.

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

The world is but a canvas to our imaginations.

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.

Liberty produces wealth and wealth destroys liberty.

It is not a man's duty, as a matter of course, to devote himself to the eradication of any, even the most enormous wrong; he may still properly have other concerns to engage him; but it is his duty, at least, to wash his hands of it, and, if he gives it no thought longer, not to give it practically his support. If I devote myself to other pursuits and contemplations, I must first see, at least, that I do not pursue them sitting upon another man's shoulders.

Law never made men a whit more just.

If you give money, spend yourself with it.

It is never too late to give up your prejudices.

How vain it is to sit down and write when you have not stood up to live.

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.

How can we expect a harvest of thought who have not had a seedtime of character?

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.

Between whom there is hearty truth, there is love.

As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way: government, society, and even the sun, moon and stars.

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined.

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