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.


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

Henry David Thoreau

Every child, begins the world again.     

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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.     

Henry David Thoreau

Goodness is the only investment which never fails.     

Henry David Thoreau

Only what is thought, said, or done at a certain rare coincidence is good.      

Henry David Thoreau

What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.     

Henry David Thoreau

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.     

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

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

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

Henry David Thoreau

There is no remedy for love but to love more.     

Henry David Thoreau

In wilderness is the preservation of the world.     

Henry David Thoreau

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.     

Henry David Thoreau

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of each.     

Henry David Thoreau

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, Live the life you've always imagined.     

Henry David Thoreau

Water is the only drink for a wise man.     

Henry David Thoreau

Every child begins the world again.     

Henry David Thoreau

Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.     

Henry David Thoreau

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.     

Henry David Thoreau

The 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

There is no remedy for love but to love more.     

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

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

We shall see but a little way if we require to understand what we see.     

Henry David Thoreau

Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.     

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