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Quotes by Henry David Thoreau

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Wikipedia Summary for Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau (see name pronunciation; July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American naturalist, essayist, poet, and philosopher. A leading transcendentalist, he is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay "Civil Disobedience" (originally published as "Resistance to Civil Government"), an argument for disobedience to an unjust state.

Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry amount to more than 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions are his writings on natural history and philosophy, in which he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern-day environmentalism. His literary style interweaves close observation of nature, personal experience, pointed rhetoric, symbolic meanings, and historical lore, while displaying a poetic sensibility, philosophical austerity, and attention to practical detail. He was also deeply interested in the idea of survival in the face of hostile elements, historical change, and natural decay; at the same time he advocated abandoning waste and illusion in order to discover life's true essential needs.

Thoreau was a lifelong abolitionist, delivering lectures that attacked the Fugitive Slave Law while praising the writings of Wendell Phillips and defending the abolitionist John Brown. Thoreau's philosophy of civil disobedience later influenced the political thoughts and actions of such notable figures as Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr.

Thoreau is sometimes referred to as an anarchist. In "Civil Disobedience", Thoreau wrote: "I heartily accept the motto,—'That government is best which governs least;' and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically. Carried out, it finally amounts to this, which also I believe,—'That government is best which governs not at all;' and when men are prepared for it, that will be the kind of government which they will have. [...] I ask for, not at once no government, but at once a better government."

Quote: The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset
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The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.


Quote: Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green palm plant during daytime
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Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable but positive hindrances to our progress. Our life is frittered away by detail. I say let your affairs be as two or three, not a hundred or a thousand. And keep your accounts on your thumb nail.


Quote: Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of person and dog holding hands
Photo Credit: Fabian Gieske

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.


Quote: 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. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of plain background
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

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.


Quote: One of the most attractive things about the flowers is their beautiful reserve. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white tulip flower in close up photography
Photo Credit: Jocelyn Morales

One of the most attractive things about the flowers is their beautiful reserve.


Quote: I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of trees at sunset
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I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.


I make myself rich by making my wants few.


Quote: Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of off-road car
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Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself.


Quote: How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of time lapse photography of fire
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How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.


Quote: The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white pillar candle on black surface
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The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.


Quote: If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of boy standing on grass and facing fence during daytime
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If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.


Quote: It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink flowers in tilt shift lens
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It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.


Quote: Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black vehicle on road between trees during daytime
Photo Credit: Roberto Nickson

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.


Quote: 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. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of body of water
Photo Credit: Fabrizio Conti

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.


Quote: As if you could kill time without injuring eternity. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of worm's eye view of trees during night time
Photo Credit: Ryan Hutton

As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.


Quote: I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of trees during nighttime
Photo Credit: Nathan Anderson

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.


Quote: Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of close-up photograph of black dreadnought acoustic guitar
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Justice is sweet and musical; but injustice is harsh and discordant.


Quote: Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of blue and black butterfly
Photo Credit: Beckett Ruiz

Me thinks that the moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.


Quote: Nothing is so much to be feared as fear. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of 3 women standing on green grass field under blue sky during daytime
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Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.


Quote: When a dog runs at you, whistle for him. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of pug on floor
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When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.


Quote: Write while the heat is in you. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of group of people sitting on ground with bonfire during daytime
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Write while the heat is in you.


Quote: All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black laptop computer turned on beside black ceramic mug
Photo Credit: Mohammad Rahmani

All men want, not something to do with, but something to do, or rather something to be.


Quote: Simplicity is the law of nature for men as well as for flowers. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of library shelf near black wooden ladder
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Simplicity is the law of nature for men as well as for flowers.


Quote: In proportion as a person simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of bunch of tulips flower on wooden surface
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

In proportion as a person simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude.


Quote: I stand in awe of my body. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of two hands
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I stand in awe of my body.


Quote: None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown tabby kitten on white textile
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None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty.


Quote: Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life? We are determined to be starved before we are hungry. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink rose in bloom close up photo
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Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life? We are determined to be starved before we are hungry.


Quote: Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of sunset forest
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Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Our life is frittered away by detail. An honest man has hardly need to count more than his ten fingers, or in extreme cases he may add his ten toes, and lump the rest. Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!


Quote: My profession is always to be alert, to find God in nature, to know God's lurking places, to attend to all the oratorios and the operas in nature. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of flower during sunset
Photo Credit: Adelin Grigorescu

My profession is always to be alert, to find God in nature, to know God's lurking places, to attend to all the oratorios and the operas in nature.


Nature abhors a vacuum, and if I can only walk with sufficient carelessness I am sure to be filled.


Quote: Wildness is the preservation of the world. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman in white shirt sitting on brown rock near lake during daytime
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Wildness is the preservation of the world.


Quote: All good things are wild and free. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown leaf on asphalt road
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All good things are wild and free.


Quote: Nature is as well adapted to our weakness as to our strength. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of two women walking on bridge during daytime
Photo Credit: Julia Caesar

Nature is as well adapted to our weakness as to our strength.


Quote: Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of blue sky with white clouds
Photo Credit: Lucas Ludwig

Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet.


Quote: Humility, like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man and woman kissing on the street in grayscale photography
Photo Credit: João Oliveira

Humility, like the darkness, reveals the heavenly lights.


Quote: What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silver and gold UNK on brown wooden surface
Photo Credit: Jay Rembert

What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.


Quote: A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink tulips in clear glass vase
Photo Credit: Felicia Varzari

A man cannot be said to succeed in this life who does not satisfy one friend.


Quote: To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of airplane wing above body of water during daytime
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To have done anything just for money is to have been truly idle.


Quote: Men are born to succeed, not to fail. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person holding pencil near laptop computer
Photo Credit: Scott Graham

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.


Quote: There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black dog
Photo Credit: David Lezcano

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.


Quote: The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of sunset
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The law will never make a man free; it is men who have got to make the law free.


Quote: The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink and white light illustration
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The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.


Quote: Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of mountain during sunset
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Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.


Quote: Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person wearing Apple watch
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Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.


Quote: Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of man and woman holding hands under the sun
Photo Credit: Omesh Hirani

Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.


Quote: It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person sitting on black surface looking to sky
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bishop

It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.


Quote: The language of friendship is not words but meanings. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of boy and girl playing on three tree log
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The language of friendship is not words , but rather meanings. It is an intelligence above language.


Quote: It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of landscape photography of road at savannah
Photo Credit: Nikola Knezevic

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

lIt's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see - i.e. compare it to, something worse or better, that determines whether you are respectively grateful and happy or ungrateful and bitter.


Quote: There is no remedy for love but to love more. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of red flower
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There is no remedy for love but to love more.


Quote: No man ever stood the lower in my estimation for having a patch in his clothes; yet I am sure that there is greater anxiety, commonly, to have fashionable, or at least clean and unpatched clothes, than to have a sound conscience. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman in blue dress standing on green grass field during daytime
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No man ever stood the lower in my estimation for having a patch in his clothes; yet I am sure that there is greater anxiety, commonly, to have fashionable, or at least clean and unpatched clothes, than to have a sound conscience.


Quote: What I am must make you forget what I wear. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of 100 us dollar bill
Photo Credit: Omid Armin

What I am must make you forget what I wear.


Quote: It is the greatest of advantages to enjoy no advantage at all. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person submerged on body of water holding sparkler
Photo Credit: Kristopher Roller

It is the greatest of advantages to enjoy no advantage at all.


Quote: Each man can interpret another's experience only by his own. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of coffee latte near white wireless keyboard and Apple EarPods on the table photography
Photo Credit: Lukas Blazek

Each man can interpret another's experience only by his own.


Quote: A man thinks as well through his legs and arms as his brain. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of bare tree on mountain during sunset
Photo Credit: Leah Berman

A man thinks as well through his legs and arms as his brain.




Quote: I believe that the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of blue glass heart
Photo Credit: Tim Mossholder

I believe that the mind can be permanently profaned by the habit of attending to trivial things.


Quote: All good things are cheap: all bad are very dear. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of sunset dirt road
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All good things are cheap: all bad are very dear.


Quote: All good things are wild and free. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of grassland
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All good things are wild and free.


Quote: The civilized man is a more experienced and wiser savage. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of men's white dress shirt
Photo Credit: Jana Sabeth

The civilized man is a more experienced and wiser savage.


Quote: As in geology, so in social institutions, we may discover the causes of all past changes in the present invariable order of society. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of orange and white tabby cat on pink background
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As in geology, so in social institutions, we may discover the causes of all past changes in the present invariable order of society.


Quote: Our taste is too delicate and particular. It says nay to the poet's work, but never yea to his hope. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of gray concrete surface
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Our taste is too delicate and particular. It says nay to the poet's work, but never yea to his hope.


Quote: There are two seasons when the leaves are in their glory, their green and perfect youth in June and this their ripe old age. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of clear hour glass with brown frame
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There are two seasons when the leaves are in their glory, their green and perfect youth in June and this their ripe old age.


Quote: How did these beautiful rainbow tints get into the shell of the freshwater clam buried in the mud at the bottom of our dark river? Even the sea-bottom tells of the upper skies. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of blue and white abstract painting
Photo Credit: Daniele Levis Pelusi

How did these beautiful rainbow tints get into the shell of the freshwater clam buried in the mud at the bottom of our dark river? Even the sea-bottom tells of the upper skies.


Quote: Be yourself -- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of three clear glass cups
Photo Credit: Sharon McCutcheon

Be yourself -- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.


Quote: In the wilderness is the salvation of the world. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man and woman kissing beside body of water during daytime
Photo Credit: Jonathan Borba

In the wilderness is the salvation of the world.


Quote: Be not anxious to avoid poverty. In this way the wealth of the universe may be securely invested. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green mountain ]
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Be not anxious to avoid poverty. In this way the wealth of the universe may be securely invested.


Quote: Hinduism is the soil into which India's roots are stuck and torn out of that she will inevitably wither as a tree torn out from its place. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white flowers in brown stem
Photo Credit: Laura Chouette

Hinduism is the soil into which India's roots are stuck and torn out of that she will inevitably wither as a tree torn out from its place.


Quote: Make no mistake, without Hinduism, India has no future. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of rainbow
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Make no mistake, without Hinduism, India has no future.


Quote: Improve every opportunity to be melancholy. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of 100 us dollar bill
Photo Credit: Omid Armin

Improve every opportunity to be melancholy.


Quote: Youth gets together with their materials to build a bridge to the moon or maybe a palace on earth; then in middle age they decide to build a woodshed with them instead. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white brick wall planning
Photo Credit: Kupono Kuwamura

Youth gets together with their materials to build a bridge to the moon or maybe a palace on earth; then in middle age they decide to build a woodshed with them instead.


Quote: One attraction in coming to the woods to live was that I should have leisure and opportunity to see the spring come in. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green trees under white sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Nin Duletin

One attraction in coming to the woods to live was that I should have leisure and opportunity to see the spring come in.


Quote: Nothing makes the earth so spacious as to have friends at a distance. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of orange tabby kitten
Photo Credit: Süheyl Burak

Nothing makes the earth so spacious as to have friends at a distance.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious as to have friends at a distance, they make the latitudes and longitudes.


Quote: Our manners have been corrupted by communication with the saints. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green fruit in macro lens photography
Photo Credit: Philipp Schneidenbach

Our manners have been corrupted by communication with the saints.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Our manners have been corrupted by communication with the saints. Our hymn-books resound with a melodious cursing of God and enduring Him forever. One would say that even the prophets and redeemers had rather consoled the fears than confirmed the hopes of man. There is nowhere recorded a simple and irrepressible satisfaction with the gift of life, any memorable praise of God.


Quote: The universe constantly and obediently answers to our conceptions; whether we travel fast or slow, the track is laid for us. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man and woman in wedding dress walking on brown grass field during daytime
Photo Credit: Vadim Paripa

The universe constantly and obediently answers to our conceptions; whether we travel fast or slow, the track is laid for us.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The universe constantly and obediently answers to our conceptions; whether we travel fast or slow, the track is laid for us. Let us spend our lives in conceiving then. The poet or the artist never yet had so fair and noble a design but some of his posterity at least could accomplish it.


Quote: One must maintain a little bit of summer even in the middle of winter. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person with flashlight near lighted green tree on mountain under starry night
Photo Credit: Brent Cox

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


Quote: As I go through the woods now, so many oak and other leaves have fallen the rustling noise somewhat disturbs my musing. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man in blue jacket and blue pants carrying black and red backpack standing on snow covered
Photo Credit: Nikola Mihajloski

As I go through the woods now, so many oak and other leaves have fallen the rustling noise somewhat disturbs my musing.


Quote: You must love the crust of the earth on which you dwell more than the sweet crust of any bread or cake; you must be able to extract nutriment out of a sand heap. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown and white humming bird
Photo Credit: Steve Harvey

You must love the crust of the earth on which you dwell more than the sweet crust of any bread or cake; you must be able to extract nutriment out of a sand heap.


Quote: This is the month of nuts and nutty thoughts,--that November whose name sounds so bleak and cheerless. Perhaps its harvest of thought is worth more than all the other crops of the year. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of solid background
Photo Credit: César Couto

This is the month of nuts and nutty thoughts,--that November whose name sounds so bleak and cheerless. Perhaps its harvest of thought is worth more than all the other crops of the year.


Quote: How few are aware that in winter, when the earth is covered with snow and ice...the sunset is double. The winter is coming when I shall walk the sky. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of person spreading hands
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How few are aware that in winter, when the earth is covered with snow and ice...the sunset is double. The winter is coming when I shall walk the sky.


Quote: All expression of truth does at length take this deep ethical form. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of two dogs sitting on maroon area rug
Photo Credit: Jay Wennington

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


Quote: One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of wide lake over sunset view
Photo Credit: Emma Harper

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


Quote: The is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person holding magnifying glass near desk globe
Photo Credit: Clay Banks

The is one consolation in being sick; and that is the possibility that you may recover to a better state than you were ever in before.


Quote: The wildness and adventure that are in fishing still recommend it to me. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime
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The wildness and adventure that are in fishing still recommend it to me.


Quote: Be true to your work your word and your friend. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of orange flowers
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Be true to your work your word and your friend.


Quote: Satan from one of his elevations, showed mankind the kingdom of California, and they entered into a compact with him at once. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow green leaf
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

Satan from one of his elevations, showed mankind the kingdom of California, and they entered into a compact with him at once.


Quote: Tis healthy to be sick sometimes. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of tall green flowering grasses under blue and white cloudy sky
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Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.


Quote: You must not only aim right, but draw the bow with all your might. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow sunflowers under white clouds and blue sky
Photo Credit: Yoshi Sugimoto

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


Quote: Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. -- . by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of body of water
Photo Credit: Fabrizio Conti

Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. -- .


Quote: Cold and hunger seem more friendly to my nature than those methods which men have adopted and advise to ward them off. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green trees under white sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Nin Duletin

Cold and hunger seem more friendly to my nature than those methods which men have adopted and advise to ward them off.


Quote: There is no treatment for adore, but to love far more. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white pampas grasses near body of water at daytime
Photo Credit: Timothy Meinberg

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


Quote: I have myself to respect, but to myself I am not amiable; but my friend is my amiableness personified. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette photography of trees and sky
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I have myself to respect, but to myself I am not amiable; but my friend is my amiableness personified.


Quote: Nature is an admirable schoolmistress. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of 100 us dollar bill
Photo Credit: Omid Armin

Nature is an admirable schoolmistress.


Quote: On every hand we observe a truly wise practice, in education, in morals, and in the arts of life, the embodied wisdom of many an ancient philosopher. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of foggy mountains
Photo Credit: Simon Berger

On every hand we observe a truly wise practice, in education, in morals, and in the arts of life, the embodied wisdom of many an ancient philosopher.


Quote: Unless we do more than simply learn the trade of our time, we are but apprentices, and not yet masters of the art of life. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white brown and black cat on brown dried leaves
Photo Credit: Dorothea OLDANI

Unless we do more than simply learn the trade of our time, we are but apprentices, and not yet masters of the art of life.


Quote: I begin to see an object when I cease to understand it. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of photo of outer space
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I begin to see an object when I cease to understand it.


Quote: As a true patriot, I should be ashamed to think that Adam in paradise was more favorably situated on the whole than the backwoodsman in this country. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink lotus flower on clear body of water
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

As a true patriot, I should be ashamed to think that Adam in paradise was more favorably situated on the whole than the backwoodsman in this country.


Quote: When was it that men agreed to respect the appearance and not the reality? by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of blue and black ball on blue and white checkered textile
Photo Credit: Michael Dziedzic

When was it that men agreed to respect the appearance and not the reality?


Quote: It enriches us infinitely to recognize greater qualities than we possess in another. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white and brown corgi besides brown dog
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It enriches us infinitely to recognize greater qualities than we possess in another.


Quote: The community has no bribe that will tempt a wise man. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of close shot of yellow flowers
Photo Credit: Masaaki Komori

The community has no bribe that will tempt a wise man.


Quote: When the far mountains are invisible, the near ones look the higher. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman singing on stage
Photo Credit: Alexander Popov

When the far mountains are invisible, the near ones look the higher.


Quote: Events, circumstances, etc., have their origin in ourselves. They spring from seeds which we have sown. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black white and orange butterfly perched on purple flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Joshua J. Cotten

Events, circumstances, etc., have their origin in ourselves. They spring from seeds which we have sown.


Quote: Every man is entitled to come to Cattle-Show, even a transcendentalist; and for my part I am more interested in the men than in the cattle. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of lighted candle in dark room
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Every man is entitled to come to Cattle-Show, even a transcendentalist; and for my part I am more interested in the men than in the cattle.


Quote: Friends will be much apart. They will respect more each other's privacy than their communion. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green ceramic mug on wooden desk
Photo Credit: David Mao

Friends will be much apart. They will respect more each other's privacy than their communion.


Quote: If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green trees under white sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Fabio Fistarol

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple-tree or oak. Shall he turn his spring into summer? If the condition of things which we were made for is not yet, what were any reality which we can substitute? We will not be shipwrecked on a vain reality.


Quote: Every man has to learn the points of the compass again as often as he awakes, whether from sleep or any abstraction. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person in white long sleeve shirt and black pants
Photo Credit: Nina Hill

Every man has to learn the points of the compass again as often as he awakes, whether from sleep or any abstraction.


Quote: When a man's conscience and the laws clash, it is his conscience that he must follow. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of desert grassland
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When a man's conscience and the laws clash, it is his conscience that he must follow.


Quote: I believe in the forest, and in the meadow, and in the night in which the corn grows. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink and green flower painting
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

I believe in the forest, and in the meadow, and in the night in which the corn grows.


Quote: As far as I have heard or observed, the principal object is, not that mankind may be well and honestly clad, but, unquestionably, that corporations may be enriched. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow wallpaper
Photo Credit: Teodor Drobota

As far as I have heard or observed, the principal object is, not that mankind may be well and honestly clad, but, unquestionably, that corporations may be enriched.


Quote: Every man is tasked to make his life, even in its details, worthy of the contemplation of his most elevated and critical hour. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green trees on body of water during daytime
Photo Credit: diGital Sennin

Every man is tasked to make his life, even in its details, worthy of the contemplation of his most elevated and critical hour.


Quote: They take great pride in making their dinner cost much; I take my pride in making my dinner cost so little. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of butterfly perched on flower
Photo Credit: Daniel Klein

They take great pride in making their dinner cost much; I take my pride in making my dinner cost so little.


The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.


Quote: Wealth cannot purchase any great private solace or convenience. Riches are only the means of sociality. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of red flowers under the blue sky
Photo Credit: Zbynek Burival

Wealth cannot purchase any great private solace or convenience. Riches are only the means of sociality.


Quote: I am a citizen of the world first, and of this country at a later and more convenient hour. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man and woman holding hand while walking on bridge
Photo Credit: Shea Rouda

I am a citizen of the world first, and of this country at a later and more convenient hour.


Quote: This is a delicious evening, when the whole body is one sense, and imbibes delight through every pore. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of palm tree under orange sky
Photo Credit: Rahabi Khan

This is a delicious evening, when the whole body is one sense, and imbibes delight through every pore.


Quote: Most people dread finding out when they come to die that they have never really lived. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of closeup photo of turned-on blue and white laptop computer
Photo Credit: Philipp Katzenberger

Most people dread finding out when they come to die that they have never really lived.


Quote: It is said that some Western steamers can run on a heavy dew, whence we can imagine what a canoe may do. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow flower
Photo Credit: Wolfgang Hasselmann

It is said that some Western steamers can run on a heavy dew, whence we can imagine what a canoe may do.


Quote: A journal, is a book that shall contain a record of all your joy, your ecstasy, what you are grateful for. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown hedgehog
Photo Credit: Liudmyla Denysiuk

A journal, is a book that shall contain a record of all your joy, your ecstasy, what you are grateful for.


Quote: Every man must walk to the beat of his own drummer. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man hugging woman wall painting
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

Every man must walk to the beat of his own drummer.


Quote: Where there is not discernment, the behavior even of the purest soul may in effect amount to coarseness. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of time lapse photography of lightning during storm
Photo Credit: Luka Vovk

Where there is not discernment, the behavior even of the purest soul may in effect amount to coarseness.


Quote: An efficient and valuable man does what he can, whether the community pay him for it or not. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand
Photo Credit: Fadi Xd

An efficient and valuable man does what he can, whether the community pay him for it or not.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

An efficient and valuable man does what he can, whether the community pay him for it or not. The inefficient offer their inefficiency to the highest bidder, and are forever expecting to be put into office. One would suppose that they were rarely disappointed.


Quote: The broadest and most prevalent error requires the most disinterested virtue to sustain it. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of forest trees photograph
Photo Credit: Logan Easterling

The broadest and most prevalent error requires the most disinterested virtue to sustain it.


Quote: Birds do not sing in caves, nor do doves cherish their innocence in dovecots. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown grass field during daytime
Photo Credit: Tanja Žaria‡

Birds do not sing in caves, nor do doves cherish their innocence in dovecots.


Quote: Do not despair of your life. You have force enough to overcome your obstacles. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow flower in green grass field
Photo Credit: Jason Dent

Do not despair of your life. You have force enough to overcome your obstacles.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Do not despair of life. You have no doubt force enough to overcome your obstacles. Think of the fox prowling through wood and field in a winter night for something to satisfy his hunger. Notwithstanding cold and the hounds and traps, his race survives. I do not believe any of them ever committed suicide.


Quote: What is the use of going right over the old track again? There is an adder in the path which your own feet have worn. You must make tracks into the Unknown. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of aerial photography of pine trees with mist
Photo Credit: Dorel Gnatiuc

What is the use of going right over the old track again? There is an adder in the path which your own feet have worn. You must make tracks into the Unknown.


Quote: Who shall say what prospect life offers to another? Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant? by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of aerial photography of trees on mountain
Photo Credit: Spencer Watson

Who shall say what prospect life offers to another? Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?


Quote: Man emulates earth Earth emulates heaven Heaven emulates the Way The way emulates nature. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow butterfly on pink flowers
Photo Credit: Dulcey Lima

Man emulates earth Earth emulates heaven Heaven emulates the Way The way emulates nature.


Endeavor to live the life you have imagined.


Quote: He who rides and keeps the beaten track studies the fences chiefly. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of cloudy sky
Photo Credit: Anandu Vinod

He who rides and keeps the beaten track studies the fences chiefly.


Quote: The frontiers are not east or west, north or south, but wherever a man fronts a fact. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of turned on gray laptop computer
Photo Credit: Oskar Yildiz

The frontiers are not east or west, north or south, but wherever a man fronts a fact.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The frontiers are not east or west, north or south; but wherever a man fronts a fact, though that fact be a neighbor, there is an unsettled wilderness between him and Canada, between him and the setting sun, or, farther still, between him and it. Let him build himself a log house with the bark on where he is, fronting it, and wage there an Old French war for seven or seventy years, with Indians and Rangers, or whatever else may come between him and the reality, and save his scalp if he can.


Quote: One is wise to cultivate the tree that bears fruit in our soul. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of low angle photo of starry night
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One is wise to cultivate the tree that bears fruit in our soul.


Quote: As they say in geology, time never fails, there is always enough of it, so I may say, criticism never fails. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green ceramic mug beside book
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

As they say in geology, time never fails, there is always enough of it, so I may say, criticism never fails.


Quote: Insane!... Ask the tyrant who is his most dangerous foe, the sane man or the insane? by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman in striped shirt sitting on bed while writing
Photo Credit: Kinga Cichewicz

Insane!... Ask the tyrant who is his most dangerous foe, the sane man or the insane?


Quote: Yet we must try the harder, the less the prospect of success. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of aerial view of gray building on brown sand
Photo Credit: Austin Goode

Yet we must try the harder, the less the prospect of success.


Quote: How can we expect a harvest of thought who have not had a seedtime of character? by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of sunset
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How can we expect a harvest of thought who have not had a seedtime of character?


Quote: Commonly men will only be brave as their fathers were brave, or timid. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of close shot of yellow flowers
Photo Credit: Masaaki Komori

Commonly men will only be brave as their fathers were brave, or timid.


Quote: The greater number of men are merely corporals. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown trees under blue sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Jr. Farren

The greater number of men are merely corporals.


Quote: The higher the mountain on which you stand, the less change in the prospect from year to year, from age to age. Above a certain height there is no change. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of foggy mountains
Photo Credit: Simon Berger

The higher the mountain on which you stand, the less change in the prospect from year to year, from age to age. Above a certain height there is no change.


Quote: The highest condition of art is artlessness. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man in gray sweater carrying woman in black jacket
Photo Credit: adrianna geo

The highest condition of art is artlessness.


Quote: We cannot well do without our sins; they are the highway of our virtue. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of soldiers on field at daytime
Photo Credit: Bao Menglong

We cannot well do without our sins; they are the highway of our virtue.


Quote: I thought, as I have my living to get, and have not eaten today, that I might go a- fishing. That's the true industry for poets. It is the only trade I have learned. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of red textile on brown wooden table
Photo Credit: engin akyurt

I thought, as I have my living to get, and have not eaten today, that I might go a- fishing. That's the true industry for poets. It is the only trade I have learned.


Quote: I have learned that even the smallest house can be a home. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of mountain during sunset
Photo Credit: Sonil Trivedi

I have learned that even the smallest house can be a home.


Quote: Love is no individual's experience; and though we are imperfect mediums, it does not partake of our imperfection; though we are finite, it is infinite and eternal. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white boat on sea under white sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Osvaldo Escobar

Love is no individual's experience; and though we are imperfect mediums, it does not partake of our imperfection; though we are finite, it is infinite and eternal.


Quote: When will the world learn that a million men are of no importance compared with one man? by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand
Photo Credit: Fadi Xd

When will the world learn that a million men are of no importance compared with one man?


Quote: When the true criminals are running around free, the only honorable place for a decent human being is in prisons. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green trees on body of water during daytime
Photo Credit: diGital Sennin

When the true criminals are running around free, the only honorable place for a decent human being is in prisons.


Quote: Methinks my own soul must be a bright invisible green. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of cat with flower
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Methinks my own soul must be a bright invisible green.


Quote: Every man should stand for a force which is perfectly irresistible. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person wearing gold and silver round analog watch
Photo Credit: Gilles De Muynck

Every man should stand for a force which is perfectly irresistible.


Quote: No man with a genius for legislation has appeared in America. They are rare in the history of the world. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

No man with a genius for legislation has appeared in America. They are rare in the history of the world.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

No man with a genius for legislation has appeared in America. They are rare in the history of the world. There are orators, politicians, and eloquent men, by the thousand; but the speaker has not yet opened his mouth to speak who is capable of settling the much-vexed questions of the day. We love eloquence for its own sake, and not for any truth which it may utter, or any heroism it may inspire. Our legislators have not yet learned the comparative value of free trade and of freedom, of union, and of rectitude, to a nation.


Quote: Trade and commerce, if they were not made of Indian rubber, would never manage to bounce over the obstacles which legislators are continually putting in their way. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of desert under blue skies
Photo Credit: Yuriy Bogdanov

Trade and commerce, if they were not made of Indian rubber, would never manage to bounce over the obstacles which legislators are continually putting in their way.


Quote: Pity the man who has a character to support -- it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person wearing orange and gray Nike shoes walking on gray concrete stairs
Photo Credit: Bruno Nascimento

Pity the man who has a character to support -- it is worse than a large family -- he is silent poor indeed.


Quote: We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of bare tree on mountain during sunset
Photo Credit: Leah Berman

We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without.


Quote: Economy is a subject which admits of being treated with levity, but it cannot so be disposed of. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of assorted-color kittens
Photo Credit: The Lucky Neko

Economy is a subject which admits of being treated with levity, but it cannot so be disposed of.


Quote: With wisdom we shall learn liberality. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of rocks on sea side at daytime
Photo Credit: Tj Holowaychuk

With wisdom we shall learn liberality.


Quote: The same soil is good for men and for trees. A man's health requires as many acres of meadow to his prospect as his farm does loads of muck. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of low angle photography of drop lights
Photo Credit: Skye Studios

The same soil is good for men and for trees. A man's health requires as many acres of meadow to his prospect as his farm does loads of muck.


Quote: We must have infinite faith in each other. If we have not, we must never let it leak out that we have not. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of island during daytime
Photo Credit: Dave Hoefler

We must have infinite faith in each other. If we have not, we must never let it leak out that we have not.


Quote: Friendship is evanescent in every man's experience, and remembered like heat lightning in past summers. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green and white bird on black wire during daytime
Photo Credit: Egor Kunovsky

Friendship is evanescent in every man's experience, and remembered like heat lightning in past summers.


Quote: There can be no very black melancholy to him who lives in the midst of Nature and has his senses still. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of bee on flower
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

There can be no very black melancholy to him who lives in the midst of Nature and has his senses still.


Quote: The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the individual. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green and brown plant on white wall
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

The progress from an absolute to a limited monarchy, from a limited monarchy to a democracy, is a progress toward a true respect for the individual.


Quote: The poet who walks by moonlight is conscious of a tide in his thought which is to be referred to lunar influence. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of time lapse photography of lightning during storm
Photo Credit: Luka Vovk

The poet who walks by moonlight is conscious of a tide in his thought which is to be referred to lunar influence.


Quote: It is no more dusky in ordinary nights than our mind's habitual atmosphere, and the moonlight is as bright as our most illuminatedmoments are. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of rocky mountain
Photo Credit: Manuel Will

It is no more dusky in ordinary nights than our mind's habitual atmosphere, and the moonlight is as bright as our most illuminatedmoments are.


Quote: How shall we account for our pursuits, if they are original? We get the language with which to describe our various lives out of acommon mint. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of closed white painted door with exit signage
Photo Credit: Michael Jasmund

How shall we account for our pursuits, if they are original? We get the language with which to describe our various lives out of acommon mint.


Quote: Oh, one world at a time! by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of grassland
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

Oh, one world at a time!


Quote: Man is an animal who more than any other can adapt himself to all climates and circumstances. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time
Photo Credit: Simon Delalande

Man is an animal who more than any other can adapt himself to all climates and circumstances.


Quote: I am not responsible for the successful working of the machinery of society. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of sunset
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

I am not responsible for the successful working of the machinery of society.


Quote: The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of Russian blue cat wearing yellow sunglasses
Photo Credit: Raoul Droog

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.


Quote: Man cannot afford to be a naturalist, to look at Nature directly, but only with the side of his eye. He must look through and beyond her. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green leaf in close up photography
Photo Credit: Dan Hodgkins

Man cannot afford to be a naturalist, to look at Nature directly, but only with the side of his eye. He must look through and beyond her.


Quote: At present our only true names are nicknames. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person holding 10 us dollar bill
Photo Credit: Brittany Bendabout

At present our only true names are nicknames.


Quote: The child should have the advantage of ignorance as well as of knowledge, and is fortunate if he gets his share of neglect and exposure. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white and brown cat lying on brown wooden floor
Photo Credit: Daria Shatova

The child should have the advantage of ignorance as well as of knowledge, and is fortunate if he gets his share of neglect and exposure.


Quote: Poetry is the mysticism of mankind. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman hugging other woman while smiling at beach
Photo Credit: Omar Lopez

Poetry is the mysticism of mankind.


Quote: If the fairest features of the landscape are to be named after men, let them be the noblest and worthiest men alone. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman signing on white printer paper beside woman about to touch the documents
Photo Credit: Gabrielle Henderson

If the fairest features of the landscape are to be named after men, let them be the noblest and worthiest men alone.


Quote: Even in our democratic New England towns the accidental possession of wealth, and its manifestation in dress and equipage alone, obtain for the possessor almost universal respect. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of seashore during golden hour
Photo Credit: Sean Oulashin

Even in our democratic New England towns the accidental possession of wealth, and its manifestation in dress and equipage alone, obtain for the possessor almost universal respect.


Quote: How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book! by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of cute dog on street night scene wallpaper
Photo Credit: Yura Ryzhov

How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book!


Quote: Color, which is the poet's wealth, is so expensive that most take to mere outline sketches and become men of science. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of married couple walking in field wallpaper
Photo Credit: Foto Pettine

Color, which is the poet's wealth, is so expensive that most take to mere outline sketches and become men of science.


Quote: I learned to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of nature, rather than a member of society. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of photography of white wall lot
Photo Credit: Chris Brignola

I learned to regard man as an inhabitant, or a part and parcel of nature, rather than a member of society.


Quote: Many old people receive pensions for no other reason, it seems to me, but as a compensation for having lived a long time ago. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person holding magnifying glass near desk globe
Photo Credit: Clay Banks

Many old people receive pensions for no other reason, it seems to me, but as a compensation for having lived a long time ago.


Quote: Be as the sailor who keeps the polestar in his eye. By so doing we may not arrive at our port within a calculable period, but we will maintain a true course. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man standing on cliff under white sky
Photo Credit: Francisco Gonzalez

Be as the sailor who keeps the polestar in his eye. By so doing we may not arrive at our port within a calculable period, but we will maintain a true course.


Quote: For my part, I could easily do without the post-office. I think that there are very few important communications made through it. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of orange rose in bloom close up photo
Photo Credit: Hà Nguyễn

For my part, I could easily do without the post-office. I think that there are very few important communications made through it.


Quote: The highest law gives a thing to him who can use it. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of low angle photography of green and brown tree
Photo Credit: Mathias P.R. Reding

The highest law gives a thing to him who can use it.


Quote: I do not see why the schoolmaster should be taxed to support the priest, and not the priest the schoolmaster. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of leafless tree
Photo Credit: Luke Richardson

I do not see why the schoolmaster should be taxed to support the priest, and not the priest the schoolmaster.


Quote: The true finish is the work of time, and the use to which a thing is put. The elements are still polishing the pyramids. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of grey hlalway
Photo Credit: Filip Kominik

The true finish is the work of time, and the use to which a thing is put. The elements are still polishing the pyramids.


Quote: The oldest, wisest politician grows not more human so, but is merely a gray wharf rat at last. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown rock formation
Photo Credit: Gautier Salles

The oldest, wisest politician grows not more human so, but is merely a gray wharf rat at last.


Quote: Man's moral nature is a riddle which only eternity can solve. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of short-coated brown and white puppy sitting on floor
Photo Credit: Alvan Nee

Man's moral nature is a riddle which only eternity can solve.


Quote: Many men walk by day; few walk by night. It is a different season. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person surfing on blue sea during daytime
Photo Credit: Carles Rabada

Many men walk by day; few walk by night. It is a different season.


Quote: The mass of men are very easily imposed on. They have their runways in which they always travel, and are sure to fall into any pit or box-trap set therein. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of two white and brown dogs
Photo Credit: Camilo Fierro

The mass of men are very easily imposed on. They have their runways in which they always travel, and are sure to fall into any pit or box-trap set therein.


Quote: Routine is a ground to stand on, a wall to retreat to; we cannot draw on our boots without bracing ourselves against it. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman stretching
Photo Credit: Emily Sea

Routine is a ground to stand on, a wall to retreat to; we cannot draw on our boots without bracing ourselves against it.


Quote: From exertion come wisdom and purity; from sloth ignorance and sensuality. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black and white window illustration
Photo Credit: Jonatan Pie

From exertion come wisdom and purity; from sloth ignorance and sensuality.


Quote: There are more consequences to a shipwreck than the underwriters notice. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of cute dog on street night scene wallpaper
Photo Credit: Yura Ryzhov

There are more consequences to a shipwreck than the underwriters notice.


Quote: If I ever see more clearly at one time than at another, the medium through which I see is clearer. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green trees under white sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Fabio Fistarol

If I ever see more clearly at one time than at another, the medium through which I see is clearer.


Quote: Every man will be a poet if he can; otherwise a philosopher or man of science. This proves the superiority of the poet. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of short-beak red bird on tree
Photo Credit: Roberto Nickson

Every man will be a poet if he can; otherwise a philosopher or man of science. This proves the superiority of the poet.


Quote: Why level downward to our dullest perception always, and praise that as common sense? The commonest sense is the sense of men asleep, which they express by snoring. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white wall paint beside white wall
Photo Credit: Augustine Wong

Why level downward to our dullest perception always, and praise that as common sense? The commonest sense is the sense of men asleep, which they express by snoring.


Quote: Consider what stuff history is made of, -- that for the most part it is merely a story agreed on by posterity. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of time lapse photography of lightning during storm
Photo Credit: Luka Vovk

Consider what stuff history is made of, -- that for the most part it is merely a story agreed on by posterity.


Quote: In the summer we lay up a stock of experiences for the winter, as the squirrel of nuts?something for conversation in winter evenings. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white and brown cat lying on brown wooden floor
Photo Credit: Daria Shatova

In the summer we lay up a stock of experiences for the winter, as the squirrel of nuts?something for conversation in winter evenings.


Quote: The imagination, give it the least license, dives deeper and soars higher than Nature goes. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of raccoon walking on lawn grass
Photo Credit: Gary Bendig

The imagination, give it the least license, dives deeper and soars higher than Nature goes.


Quote: Let things alone; let them weigh what they will; let them soar or fall. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of water color palette on white surface
Photo Credit: Elena Mozhvilo

Let things alone; let them weigh what they will; let them soar or fall.


Quote: The great poem must have the stamp of greatness as well as its essence. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of cloudy sky
Photo Credit: Anandu Vinod

The great poem must have the stamp of greatness as well as its essence.


Quote: It is the man determines what is said, not the words. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of men walking on road
Photo Credit: Vishnu Prasad

It is the man determines what is said, not the words.


Quote: Are you in want of amusement nowadays? Then play a little at the game of getting a living. There was never anything equal to it. Do it temperately, though, and don't sweat. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of human hand
Photo Credit: Jackson David

Are you in want of amusement nowadays? Then play a little at the game of getting a living. There was never anything equal to it. Do it temperately, though, and don't sweat.


Quote: I have learned that the swiftest traveller is he that goes afoot. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman in gray knit sweater covering her face with her hand
Photo Credit: Liz Fitch

I have learned that the swiftest traveller is he that goes afoot.


Quote: Truth, Goodness, Beauty -- those celestial thrins,Continually are born; e'en now the Universe,With thousand throats, and eke with greener smiles,Its joy confesses at their recent birth. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of red flower in shallow focus lens
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

Truth, Goodness, Beauty -- those celestial thrins,Continually are born; e'en now the Universe,With thousand throats, and eke with greener smiles,Its joy confesses at their recent birth.


Quote: We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person in black long sleeve shirt using brown and white rotary phone
Photo Credit: NeONBRAND

We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

We can never have enough of nature. We must be refreshed by the sight of inexhaustible vigor, vast and titanic features, the sea-coast with its wrecks, the wilderness with its living and its decaying trees, the thunder-cloud, and the rain.


Quote: Open all your pores and bathe in all the tides of nature, in all her streams and oceans, at all seasons. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of leafless tree
Photo Credit: Luke Richardson

Open all your pores and bathe in all the tides of nature, in all her streams and oceans, at all seasons.


Quote: We fritter away our energy and creativity ...
 we get bogged down in the thick of thin things. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person in black long sleeve shirt using brown and white rotary phone
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We fritter away our energy and creativity ...
we get bogged down in the thick of thin things.


Quote: I think that no experience which I have today comes up to, or is comparable with, the experiences of my boyhood. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown and white corgi puppy
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I think that no experience which I have today comes up to, or is comparable with, the experiences of my boyhood.


Quote: Truth is always paradoxical. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of stones on sand
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Truth is always paradoxical.


Quote: If you would feel the full force of a tempest, take up your residence on the top of Mount Washington, or at the Highland Light, inTruro. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of closed white painted door with exit signage
Photo Credit: Michael Jasmund

If you would feel the full force of a tempest, take up your residence on the top of Mount Washington, or at the Highland Light, inTruro.


Quote: A man's whole life is taxed for the least thing well done. It is its net result. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink flower with green stem
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A man's whole life is taxed for the least thing well done. It is its net result.


Quote: If common sense had been consulted, how many marriages would never have taken place; if uncommon or divine sense, how few marriages such as we witness would ever have taken place! by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white swan on blue sea during daytime
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