Henry David Thoreau Quotes

American naturalist, essayist, poet, and philosopher

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

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

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

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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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Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.
– Henry David Thoreau

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A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener.
– Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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