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.


What is once well done is done forever.     

Henry David Thoreau

The heart is forever inexperienced     

Henry David Thoreau

When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality.     

Henry David Thoreau

Poetry is the only life got, the only work done, the only pure product and free labor of man, performed only when he has put all the world under his feet, and conquered the last of his foes.     

Henry David Thoreau

Good poetry seems too 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

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!     

Henry David Thoreau

Live the life you've dreamed.     

Henry David Thoreau

We now no longer camp as for a night, but have settled down on earth and forgotten heaven.     

Henry David Thoreau

The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter.     

Henry David Thoreau

In the wilderness is the salvation of the world.     

Henry David Thoreau

Wildness is the preservation of the world.     

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

Every man has to learn the points of the compass again as often as he awakes, whether from sleep or any abstraction.     

Henry David Thoreau

It is dry, hazy June weather. We are more of the earth, farther from heaven these days.     

Henry David Thoreau

Let your walks now be a little more adventurous.     

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

I am not responsible for the successful working of the machinery of society.     

Henry David Thoreau

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.     

Henry David Thoreau

Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is.     

Henry David Thoreau

Every man is the builder of a temple called his body.     

Henry David Thoreau

This whole earth in which we inhabit is but a point is space.     

Henry David Thoreau

In most books, the I, or first person, is omitted; in this it will be retained; that, in respect to egotism, is the main difference.     

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

Every blade in the field, every leaf in the forest, lays down its life in its season as beautifully as it was taken up.     

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

Behave so the aroma of your actions may enhance the general sweetness of the atmosphere.     

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers.     

Henry David Thoreau

Every child begins the world again.     

Henry David Thoreau