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Henry David Thoreau Quotes


396 Henry David Thoreau quotes:



"Books are to be distinguished by the grandeur of their topics even more than by the manner in which they are treated."
"Do what nobody else can do for you. Omit to do anything else."
"Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling."
"I have never found a 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. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will."
"I have seen how the foundations of the world are laid, and I have not the least doubt that it will stand a good while."
"I was more independent than any farmer in Concord, for I was not anchored to a house or farm, but could follow the bent of my genius, which is a very crooked one, every moment."
"If it is surely the means to the highest end we know, can any work be humble or disgusting? Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder, the means by which we are translated?"
"If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law."
"If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things."
"Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without."
"In my afternoon walk I would fain forget all my morning occupations and my obligations to society."
"In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high."
"Instead of noblemen, let us have noble villages of men."
"Is the babe young? When I behold it, it seems more venerable than the oldest man."
"It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil."
"It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man."
"May we so love as never to have occasion to repent of our love!"
"Nature and human life are as various as our several constitutions. Who shall say what prospect life offers to another?"
"Nature puts no question and answers none which we mortals ask. She has long ago taken her resolution."
"Never look back unless you are planning to go that way."



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