Henry David Thoreau Quotes (215 quotations)

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1. [Water is] the only drink for a wise man. - Henry David Thoreau

2. A kitten is so flexible that she is almost double; the hind parts are equivalent to another kitten with which the forepart plays. She does not discover that her tail belongs to her until you tread on it. - Henry David Thoreau

3. A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend. - Henry David Thoreau

4. A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. - Henry David Thoreau

5. A man's house burns down. The smoking wreckage represents only a ruined home that was dear through years of use and pleasant associations. By and by, as the days and weeks go on, first he misses this, then that, then the other thing. And when he casts about for it he finds that it was in that house. Always it is an essential - there was but one of its kind. It cannot be replaced. It was in that house. It is irrevocably lost. It will be years before the tale of lost essentials is complete, and not till then can he truly know the magnitude of his disaster. - Henry David Thoreau

6. A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure. - Henry David Thoreau

7. A simple and independent mind does not toil at the bidding of any prince. - Henry David Thoreau

8. A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting. - Henry David Thoreau

9. Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something. - Henry David Thoreau

10. All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one...characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers. - Henry David Thoreau

11. All good things are wild, and free. - Henry David Thoreau

12. All perception of truth is the detection of an analogy. - Henry David Thoreau

13. All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man. - Henry David Thoreau

14. An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. - Henry David Thoreau

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

16. As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives. - Henry David Thoreau

17. As for the pyramids, there is nothing to wonder at in them so much as the fact that so many men could be found degraded enough to spend their lives constructing a tomb for some ambitious booby, whom it would have been wiser and manlier to have drowned in the Nile, and then given his body to the dogs. - Henry David Thoreau

18. As if there were safety in stupidity alone. - Henry David Thoreau

19. As if we could kill time without injuring eternity! - Henry David Thoreau

20. As if you could kill time without injuring eternity. - Henry David Thoreau

21. 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

22. Be not simply good - be good for something. - Henry David Thoreau

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

24. Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes. - Henry David Thoreau

25. 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. - Henry David Thoreau

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