Henry David Thoreau was an American writer, philosopher, and abolitionist. He is best known for his book Walden, which reflects on his experience of living in a simple cabin in the woods. Thoreau was a leading figure in the transcendentalist movement, and his writings have influenced many people, including Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Here are some of his most famous quotes:

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

“Be resolutely and faithfully what you are; be humbly what you aspire to be.” – Henry David Thoreau

 “Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.” – Henry David Thoreau

 “Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.” – Henry David Thoreau

 “Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.” – Henry David Thoreau

“The path of least resistance leads to crooked rivers and crooked men.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“I have an immense appetite for solitude, like an infant for sleep, and if I don’t get enough for this year, I shall cry all the next. ” ― Henry David Thoreau

“It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?”― Henry David Thoreau

“If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. But do not care to convince him. Men will believe what they see. Let them see.”― Henry David Thoreau

“For it matters not how small the beginning may seem to be: what is once done well is done forever.”― Henry David Thoreau

“If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.”― Henry David Thoreau

“Knowledge does not come to us by details, but in flashes of light from heaven.”― Henry David Thoreau

 “The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“Be yourself, not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”― Henry David Thoreau

 “Morning is when I’m awake, and there is dawn in me.”― Henry David Thoreau

“Most of the luxuries and many so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.”― Henry David Thoreau

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”― 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

“Happiness is like a butterfly; the more you chase it, the more it will elude you. But if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.”― Henry David Thoreau

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them” ― Henry David Thoreau

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…”― Henry David Thoreau

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.”― Henry David Thoreau

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.”― Henry David Thoreau

“Only that traveling is good which reveals to me the value of home and enables me to enjoy it better.” ― Henry David Thoreau

 “Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”― Henry David Thoreau

“It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?”― Henry David Thoreau

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.”― Henry David Thoreau

“The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.”― Henry David Thoreau

“Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.”― Henry David Thoreau

“Not till we are completely lost or turned around…do we begin to find ourselves.”― Henry David Thoreau

 “I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”― Henry David Thoreau

“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.”― Henry David Thoreau

“Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”― Henry David Thoreau

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”― Henry David Thoreau

“Fire is the most tolerable third party.”― Henry David Thoreau

“Nothing is so much to be feared as fear. Atheism may comparatively be popular with God himself.”― Henry David Thoreau

“I fear that I have not got much to say about Canada, not having seen much; what I got by going to Canada was a cold.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“Good poetry seems so simple and natural a thing that when we meet it we wonder that all men are not always poets. Poetry is nothing but healthy speech.”― Henry David Thoreau

“As for style of writing if one has anything to say, it drops from him simply and directly, as a stone falls to the ground.”― Henry David Thoreau

“A truly good book is something as wildly natural and primitive, mysterious and marvellous, ambrosial and fertile, as a fungus or a lichen.”― Henry David Thoreau

“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.”― Henry David Thoreau

“True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.”― Henry David Thoreau

“The Friend asks no return but that his Friend will religiously accept and wear and not disgrace his apotheosis of him. They cherish each other’s hopes. They are kind to each other’s dreams.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance. They make the latitudes and longitudes.”― Henry David Thoreau

“I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“We seem but to linger in manhood to tell the dreams of our childhood, and they vanish out of memory ere we learn the language.”― Henry David Thoreau

“The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.”― Henry David Thoreau

“The world is but a canvas to our imagination.”― Henry David Thoreau

“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

“We are as much as we see. Faith is sight and knowledge. The hands only serve the eyes.”― Henry David Thoreau

“We are as much as we see. Faith is sight and knowledge. The hands only serve the eyes.”― 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

“There is no remedy for love but to love more.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant.”― Henry David Thoreau

“The law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the law free.”― Henry David Thoreau

“I would remind my countrymen, that they are to be men first, and Americans only at a late and convenient hour. No matter how valuable law may be to protect your property, even to keep soul and body together, if it do not keep you and humanity together.”― Henry David Thoreau

“For many years I was self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms, and did my duty faithfully, though I never received one cent for it.”― Henry David Thoreau

“Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.”― Henry David Thoreau

“Many of the phenomena of Winter are suggestive of an inexpressible tenderness and fragile delicacy. We are accustomed to hear this king described as a rude and boisterous tyrant; but with the gentleness of a lover he adorns the tresses of Summer.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“And now, at half-past ten o’clock, I hear the cockerels crow in Hubbard’s barns, and morning is already anticipated. It is the feathered, wakeful thought in us that anticipates the following day.”― Henry David Thoreau

“To him whose elastic and vigorous thought keeps pace with the sun, the day is a perpetual morning.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“We can never have enough of nature … We need to witness our own limits transgressed, and some life pasturing freely where we never wander.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“A gun gives you the body, not the bird.”― Henry David Thoreau

“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?” 

“As for Doing-good, that is one of the professions which are full.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”― Henry David Thoreau

“It takes two to speak the truth — one to speak, and another to hear.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“The lawyer’s truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”― Henry David Thoreau

“I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.”― Henry David Thoreau

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”― Henry David Thoreau

“In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.”― 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

“And the cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“As long as possible live free and uncommitted. It makes but little difference whether you are committed to a farm or the county jail.” ― Henry David Thoreau

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”― Henry David Thoreau

“It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.”― Henry David Thoreau

 “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

“I was more independent than any farmer in Concord, for I was not anchored to a house or farm, but could follow the bent of my genius, which is a very crooked one, every moment.”― Henry David Thoreau

“All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning.”― Henry David Thoreau

“There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.”― Henry David Thoreau

“What you get by achieving your goals is to as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”― Henry David Thoreau

“It is too late to be studying Hebrew; it is more important to understand even the slang of today.”― Henry David Thoreau

“Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.”― Henry David Thoreau

 “Before printing was discovered, a century was equal to a thousand years.”― Henry David Thoreau

“Books are to be distinguished by the grandeur of their topics even more than by the manner in which they are treated.”― Henry David Thoreau

“When I hear music, I fear no danger. I am invulnerable. I see no foe. I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.”― Henry David Thoreau

“Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed by them.”― Henry David Thoreau

“Shall I not have intelligence with the earth? Am I not partly leaves and vegetable mould myself.”― Henry David Thoreau

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.”― Henry David Thoreau

“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

“Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.”― Henry David Thoreau

“God reigns when we take a liberal view, when a liberal view is presented to us.”― Henry David Thoreau

“Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts, the other breaks into pieces.”― Henry David Thoreau

 “Men have a respect for scholarship and learning greatly out of proportion to the use they commonly serve.”― Henry David Thoreau

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