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.


Happiness is like a butterfly; The more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.     

Henry David Thoreau

A lake is a 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

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.     

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

The meeting of two eternities, the past and future is precisely the present moment.     

Henry David Thoreau

That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.     

Henry David Thoreau

All expression of truth does at length take this deep ethical form.     

Henry David Thoreau

Men are not so much the keepers of herds as herds are the keepers of men.     

Henry David Thoreau

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake     

Henry David Thoreau

To be awake is to be alive.     

Henry David Thoreau

Duty is one and invariable; it requires no impossibilities, nor can it ever be disregarded with impunity.     

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

News Coverage!! As news expose rather than cover events.     

Henry David Thoreau

Speech is for the convenience of those who are hard of hearing; but there are many fine things which we cannot say if we have to shout.     

Henry David Thoreau

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal and then leap in the dark to our success.     

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

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

Henry David Thoreau

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.     

Henry David Thoreau

So thoroughly and sincerely are we compelled to live, reverencing our life, and denying the possibility of change. This is the only way, we say; but there are as many ways as there can be drawn radii from one centre. All change is a miracle to contemplate; but it is a miracle which is taking place every instant.     

Henry David Thoreau

There is no treatment for adore, but to love far more.     

Henry David Thoreau

Our circumstances answer to our expectations and the demand of our natures.     

Henry David Thoreau

There is a difference between eating and drinking for strength and from mere gluttony.     

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

The study of geometry is a petty and idle exercise of the mind, if it is applied to no larger system than the starry one. Mathematics should be mixed not only with physics but with ethics; that is mixed mathematics.     

Henry David Thoreau

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.     

Henry David Thoreau

I make myself rich by making my wants few.     

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

Simplify your life. Don't waste the years struggling for things that are unimportant. Don't burden yourself with possessions. Keep your needs and wants simple and enjoy what you have. Don't destroy your peace of mind by looking back, worrying about the past. Live in the present. Simplify!     

Henry David Thoreau

You must not only aim right, but draw your bow with all your might.      

Henry David Thoreau

As in geology, so in social institutions, we may discover the causes of all past changes in the present invariable order of society.     

Henry David Thoreau