Henry David Thoreau Quotes

Henry David Thoreau (see name pronunciation; July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian. A leading transcendentalist, Thoreau is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Resistance to Civil Government (also known as Civil Disobedience), an argument for disobedience to an unjust state.

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Henry David Thoreau


I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.

Henry David Thoreau


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


If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

Henry David Thoreau


We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will.

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


Things do not change; we change.

Henry David Thoreau


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

Henry David Thoreau


If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.

Henry David Thoreau


This world is but a canvas to our imagination.

Henry David Thoreau


The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

Henry David Thoreau


An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

Henry David Thoreau


True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.

Henry David Thoreau


Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.

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


Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams.

Henry David Thoreau