Henry David Thoreau Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Henry David Thoreau quotes and Henry David Thoreau sayings, and Henry David Thoreau proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Only what is thought, said, or done at a certain rare coincidence is good."

Henry David Thoreau

"Goodness is the only investment which never fails."

Henry David Thoreau

"A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is Earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature."

Henry David Thoreau

"Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams."

Henry David Thoreau

"Every child, begins the world again."

Henry David Thoreau

"Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind. Nay, it is overrated; and it is our selfishness which overrates it."

Henry David Thoreau

"The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?"

Henry David Thoreau

"The heart is forever inexperienced."

Henry David Thoreau

"All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong."

Henry David Thoreau

"All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune."

Henry David Thoreau

"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

Henry David Thoreau

"The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles."

Henry David Thoreau

"That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest."

Henry David Thoreau

"The language of friendship is not words , but rather meanings . It is an intelligence above language."

Henry David Thoreau

"Nothing makes the earth so spacious as to have friends at a distance."

Henry David Thoreau

"Be not simply good; be good for something."

Henry David Thoreau

"Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw."

Henry David Thoreau

"Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint."

Henry David Thoreau

"Tis healthy to be sick sometimes."

Henry David Thoreau

"There is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before."

Henry David Thoreau

"With all your science – can you tell how it is, and whence it is, that light comes into the soul?"

Henry David Thoreau

"Never look back unless you are planning to go that way."

Henry David Thoreau

"Let go of the past and go for the future. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined."

Henry David Thoreau

"Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other’s eyes for an instant?"

Henry David Thoreau

"If I seem to boast more than is becoming, my excuse is that I brag for humanity rather than for myself."

Henry David Thoreau

"It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are… than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise."

Henry David Thoreau

"In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high."

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

"That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest."

Henry David Thoreau

"Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand."

Henry David Thoreau

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