Great Henry David Thoreau Quotes

In a world of peace and love, music would be the universal language.


Dreams are the touchstones of our character.


Love must be as much a light as it is a flame.


Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.


What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?


Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.


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.


What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.


As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.


Men are born to succeed, not to fail.


One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.


To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity and trust.


I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.


One must maintain a little bittle of summer, even in the middle of winter.


What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?


The sun is but a morning star.


An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.


I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.


True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.


The language of friendship is not words but meanings.


The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend. I have no wealth to bestow on him. If he knows that I am happy in loving him, he will want no other reward. Is not friendship divine in this?


Friends . . . They are kind to each other’s hopes. They cherish each other’s dreams.


Friends… they cherish one another’s hopes. They are kind to one another’s dreams.


I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.


I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.


I think that I cannot preserve my health and spirits, unless I spend four hours a day at least – and it is commonly more than that – sauntering through the woods and over the hills and fields, absolutely free from all worldly engagements.


I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately.