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."

"Goodness is the only investment which never fails."

"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."

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

"Every child, begins the world again."

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

"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?"

"The heart is forever inexperienced."

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

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

"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."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Tis healthy to be sick sometimes."

"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."

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

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

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

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

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

"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."

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

"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."

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

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

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