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.


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

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

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

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

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance; they make the latitudes and longitudes.     

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

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.     

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.     

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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.     

Henry David Thoreau

Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.     

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

Be not simply good; be good for something.     

Henry David Thoreau

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.     

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.     

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

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

All misfortune is but a stepping stone to fortune.     

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

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

Henry David Thoreau

The heart is forever inexperienced.     

Henry David Thoreau

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?     

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