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.


Good deeds are no less good because their object is unworthy.     

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've imagined.     

Henry David Thoreau

It is never too late to give up your prejudices.     

Henry David Thoreau

Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.     

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

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

Only the traveling is good which reveals to me the value of home and enables me to enjoy it better.     

Henry David Thoreau

Find your eternity in each moment.     

Henry David Thoreau

Every man is the builder of a Temple called his body, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead.     

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

The purity men love is like the mists which envelope the earth, and not like the azure ether beyond.     

Henry David Thoreau

No human being, past the thoughtless age of boyhood, will wantonly murder any creature which holds its life by the same tenure that he does.     

Henry David Thoreau

The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality.     

Henry David Thoreau

As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.     

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling.     

Henry David Thoreau

Our manners have been corrupted by communication with the saints.     

Henry David Thoreau

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.     

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

I love nature, I love the landscape, because it is so sincere. It never cheats me. It never jests. It is cheerfully, musically earnest. I lie and relie on the earth.     

Henry David Thoreau

Any sincere thought is irresistible.     

Henry David Thoreau

Where there is not discernment, the behavior even of the purest soul may in effect amount to coarseness.     

Henry David Thoreau

Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.     

Henry David Thoreau

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.     

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

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

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

Henry David Thoreau

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.     

Henry David Thoreau