Henry David Thoreau Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old henry david thoreau quotes, henry david thoreau sayings, and henry david thoreau proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.     

Henry David Thoreau

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.     

Henry David Thoreau

One of the most attractive things about the flowers is their beautiful reserve.     

Henry David Thoreau

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.     

Henry David Thoreau

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams and live the life you have imagined.     

Henry David Thoreau

There is no remedy for love but to love more.     

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

No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof.     

Henry David Thoreau

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.     

Henry David Thoreau

The universe constantly and obediently answers to our conceptions; whether we travel fast or slow, the track is laid for us.     

Henry David Thoreau

Be yourself--not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.     

Henry David Thoreau

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.     

Henry David Thoreau

Water is the only drink for a wise man.     

Henry David Thoreau

It is never too late to give up our prejudices.     

Henry David Thoreau

The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed.     

Henry David Thoreau

Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.     

Henry David Thoreau

It is never too late to give up your prejudices.     

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

It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?     

Henry David Thoreau

You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might.     

Henry David Thoreau

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.     

Henry David Thoreau

The stars are the jewels of the night, and perchance surpass anything which day has to show.     

Henry David Thoreau

The sun is but a morning star.     

Henry David Thoreau

The stars are the apexes of what triangles!     

Henry David Thoreau

Every child begins the world again.     

Henry David Thoreau

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.     

Henry David Thoreau

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.     

Henry David Thoreau

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.     

Henry David Thoreau

When any real progress is made, we unlearn and learn anew what we thought we knew before.     

Henry David Thoreau

It takes two to speak the truth -- one to speak, and another to hear.     

Henry David Thoreau