Quotes by 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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I fear I have not got much to say about Canada, not having seen much; what I got by going to Canada was a cold
– Henry David Thoreau

Even the best things are not equal to their fame.
– Henry David Thoreau

There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.
– Henry David Thoreau

A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener.

– Henry David Thoreau

Youth gets together with their materials to build a bridge to the moon or maybe a palace on earth; then in middle age they decide to build a woodshed with them instead.
– Henry David Thoreau

I have no doubt that it is part of the destiny of the human race in its gradual improvement to leave off eating animals.
– Henry David Thoreau

The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.
– Henry David Thoreau

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
– Henry David Thoreau

If you give money, spend yourself with it.
– Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.

Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.
– Henry David Thoreau

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