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 more of good nature than of good sense at the bottom of most marriages.

The millions are awake enough for physical labor; but only one in a million is awake enough for effective intellectual exertion, only one in a hundred millions for a poetic or divine life.

The whole duty of life is implied in the question, how to respire and aspire both at once.

The highest law gives a thing to him who can use it.

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.

The heart is forever inexperienced.

So far as thinking is concerned, surely original thinking is the divinest thing... We check and repress the divinity that stirs within us, to fall down and worship the divinity that is dead without us.

That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.

Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. What a man thinks of himself, that is what determines, or rather, indicates, his fate.

Silence is the communion of a conscious soul with itself.

Our thoughts are epochs in our lives; all else is but as a journal of the winds that blow while we are here.

Our whole life is startlingly moral. There is never ran instant’s truce between virtue an vice. Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. With respect to luxuries and comforts, the wisest have ever lived a more simple and meager life than the poor.

Our life is frittered away by detail... Simplify, simplify.

Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.

Men have a singular desire to be good without being good for anything.

It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination.

It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.

It is the man determines what is said, not the words.

It is easy to repeat, but hard to originate.

It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

It is a pleasant fact that you will know no man long, however low in the social scale, however poor, miserable, intemperate, and worthless he may appear to be, a mere burden to society, but you will find at last that there is something which he understands and can do better than any other.

In dreams we see ourselves naked and acting out our real characters, even more clearly than we see others awake.

In the long run you hit only what you aim at. Therefore, though you should fail immediately, you had better aim at something high.

If misery loves company, misery has company enough.

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