Quotes by Henry David Thoreau

As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.
– Henry David Thoreau

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
– Henry David Thoreau

We are born as innocents. We are polluted by advice.
– Henry David Thoreau

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
– Henry David Thoreau

You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one.
– 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

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

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