Quotes by Henry David Thoreau

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
– Henry David Thoreau

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

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
– Henry David Thoreau

The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
– Henry David Thoreau

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
– Henry David Thoreau

In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.
– Henry David Thoreau

What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.
– Henry David Thoreau

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
– Henry David Thoreau

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.
– Henry David Thoreau

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
– Henry David Thoreau

A town is saved, not more by the righteous men in it than by the woods and swamps that surround it.
– Henry David Thoreau

Our life is frittered away by detail…simplify, simplify, simplify!
– Henry David Thoreau

Things do not change; we change.
– Henry David Thoreau

I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
– 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

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

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
– 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

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

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

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

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