Henry David Thoreau Quotes


396 Henry David Thoreau quotes:



"We shall see but a little way if we require to understand what we see."
"Only that day dawns to which we are awake."
"Our houses are such unwieldy property that we are often imprisoned rather than housed by them."
"What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us."
"Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends... Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts."
"Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams."
"It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear."
"I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls."
"If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see."
"Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him."
"Nothing goes by luck in composition. It allows of no tricks. The best you can write will be the best you are."
"Simplify, simplify."
"The perception of beauty is a moral test."
"The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles."
"Be not simply good; be good for something."
"Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
"What old people say you cannot do, you try and find that you can. Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new."
"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."
"Do what you love. Know your own bone; gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it, and gnaw it still."
"I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion."



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