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

There is no remedy for love but to love more.

The wisest man preaches no doctrines; he has no scheme; he sees no rafter, not even a cobweb, against the heavens. It is clear sky.

There are thousands hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.

The spirit abhors a vacuum more than nature.

The ways by which you may get money almost without exception lead downward.

The poet is a man who lives... by watching his moods.

The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.

The only way to speak the truth is to speak lovingly.

The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend.

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till the other is ready.

The human soul is a silent harp in God's quire, whose strings need only to be swept by the divine breath to chime in with the harmonies of creation.

The intellect of most men is barren. They neither fertilize or are fertilized. It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, that gives birth to imagination.

The heavens are as deep as our aspirations are high.

The eye is the jewel of the body.

The government does not concern me much, and I shall bestow the fewest possible thoughts on it. It is not many moments that I live under a government, even in this world. If a man is thought-free, fancy-free, imagination-free, that which is not never for a long time appearing to be to him, unwise rules or reformers cannot fatally interrupt him.

That virtue we appreciate is as much ours as another’s. We see so much only as we possess.

The church is a sort of hospital for men’s souls, and as full of quackery as the hospital for their bodies.

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only. Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul.

Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.

Speech is fractional, silence is integral.

Shams and delusions are esteemed for soundest truths, while reality is fabulous.

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all.

Only that traveling is good which reveals to me the value of home, and enables me to enjoy it better.

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