Henry David Thoreau Quotes

Inspirational 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.
Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows.
Goodness is the only investment that never fails.
I have learned this at least by my experiment that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
I once had a sparrow alight upon my shoulder for a moment, while I was hoeing in a village garden, and I felt that I was more distinguished by that circumstance that I should have been by any epaulet I could have worn.
In what concerns you much, do not think that you have companions: know that you are alone in the world.
Man is the artificer of his own happiness.
Nature abhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk with sufficient carelessness I am sure to be filled.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible And indescribably as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, A segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.
Things do not change we change.
To affect the quality of the day that is the art of life.
Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.
My friend is one... who take me for what I am.
The man who goes alone can start today but he who travels with another must wait till the other is ready, and it may be along time before they get off.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
Thank God men cannot as yet fly and lay waste the sky as well as the earth
What a man thinks of himself that is what determines, or rather indicates his fate.
What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
What men call good fellowship is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter which lie close together to keep each other warm.
The universe seems bankrupt as soon as we begin to discuss the characters of individuals.
A grain of gold will gild a great surface, but not so much as a grain of wisdom. - from Live Without Principle
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can let alone.
A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance. Observe how the greatest minds yield in some degree to the superstitions of their age.
A simple and independent mind does not toil at the bidding of any prince.
Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.

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I stood among the boats
The sinking sun, the angry sun,
Across the sullen wave
Laid the sudden strength of his red wrath
Like to a shaken glaive:-
Or did the sun pause in the west
To lift a sword at me,
Or was it she, or was it she,
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