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Quotes By Henry David Thoreau


Famous Quotes & Quotations By Henry David Thoreau:

A perfectly healthy sentence, it is true, is extremely rare. For the most part we miss the hue and fragrance of the thought; as if we could be satisfied with the dews of the morning or evening without their colors, or the heavens without their azure.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes - Category: Writing.

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 Quotes - Category: Simplicity.

Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends.... Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes - Category: Clothes.

Every creature is better alive than dead, men and moose and pine trees, and he who understands it aright will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
~ Chesuncook, The Maine Woods, 1848 Quotes - Category: Animals, Trees.

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes, Walden, 1854 - Category: Conformity.

Every man is the builder of a Temple called his body, nor can he get off by hammering marble instead.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes - Category: Body.

Fire is the most tolerable third party.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes - Category: Fire.

Good for the body is the work of the body, good for the soul the work of the soul, and good for either the work of the other.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes - Category: Body.

He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes - Category: Food, Greed.

He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes - Category: Leisure.

"Hear! hear!" screamed the jay from a neighboring tree, where I had heard a tittering for some time, "winter has a concentrated and nutty kernel, if you know where to look for it."
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes, Journal, 28 November 1858 - Category: Animals, Winter.

Heaven is under our feet, as well as over our heads.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes - Category: Attitude, Heaven, Inspiration.

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes, Journal, 19 August 1851 - Category: Writing.

I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes - Category: Nature.

I frequently tramped eight or ten miles through the deepest snow to keep an appointment with a beech-tree, or a yellow birch, or an old acquaintance among the pines.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes - Category: Trees.

I have a great deal of company in the house, especially in the morning when nobody calls.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes - Category: Solitude.

I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other....
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes, Walden, 1854 - Category: Animals, Vegitarians.

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes - Category: Motivation.

I never found the 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.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes, Solitude, Walden, 1854 - Category: Solitude, Loneliness.

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.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes - Category: Solitude.

I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes - Category: Business, Crime.

I think we may safely trust a good deal more than we do.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes - Category: Trust.

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.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes - Category: Solitude.

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes - Category: Solitude.

If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
~ Henry David Thoreau Quotes - Category: Environment, Trees.

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