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.


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

Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors.     

Henry David Thoreau

I stand in awe of my body.     

Henry David Thoreau

We cannot well do without our sins; they are the highway of our virtue.     

Henry David Thoreau

Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.     

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.     

Henry David Thoreau

One attraction in coming to the woods to live was that I should have leisure and opportunity to see the spring come in.     

Henry David Thoreau

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. So aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.     

Henry David Thoreau

Morality is how you go about getting what you want without screwing anybody to get it.     

Henry David Thoreau

If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.     

Henry David Thoreau

A kitten is so flexible that she is almost double; the hind parts are equivalent to another kitten with which the forepart plays. She does not discover that her tail belongs to her until you tread on it.     

Henry David Thoreau

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.     

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, owever measured or far away.     

Henry David Thoreau

March to the beat of your own drummer.     

Henry David Thoreau

Every man must walk to the beat of his own drummer.     

Henry David Thoreau

But the place which you have selected for your camp, though never so rough and grim, begins at once to have its attractions, and becomes a very centre of civilization to you: Home is home, be it never so homely.     

Henry David Thoreau

The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness.     

Henry David Thoreau

There are times when we have had enough even of our friends.     

Henry David Thoreau

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.     

Henry David Thoreau

A man is rich in proportion to the things he can afford to let alone.     

Henry David Thoreau

Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.     

Henry David Thoreau

It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.     

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.     

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 an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes.     

Henry David Thoreau

We do not ride on the railroad; it rides upon us.     

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.     

Henry David Thoreau