Quotes by Henry David Thoreau

Not till we are completely lost or turned around… do we begin to find ourselves.
– Henry David Thoreau

One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.
– Henry David Thoreau

In the long run men hit only what they aim at.
— Henry David Thoreau

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing it is not fish they are after.
– Henry David Thoreau

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

Nature is as well adapted to our weakness as to our strength.
– Henry David Thoreau

Nature is slow, but sure; she works no faster than need be; she is the tortoise that wins the race by her perseverance.
– Henry David Thoreau

The lawyer’s truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.
– Henry David Thoreau

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.
– Henry David Thoreau

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
– Henry David Thoreau

The greatest art is to shape the quality of the day.
– Henry David Thoreau

The hero is commonly the simplest and obscurest of men.
– Henry David Thoreau

The eye is the jewel of the body.
– Henry David Thoreau

Only what is thought, said, or done at a certain rare coincidence is good.
– Henry David Thoreau

The sun is but a morning star.
– Henry David Thoreau

The stars are the jewels of the night, and perchance surpass anything which day has to show.
– Henry David Thoreau

If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.
– Henry David Thoreau

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
– Henry David Thoreau

It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?
– Henry David Thoreau

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