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Quote: As I love nature, as I love singing birds...I love thee, my friend. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white snow mountain
Photo Credit: Olivier Miche

As I love nature, as I love singing birds...I love thee, my friend.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

As I love nature, as I love singing birds, and gleaming stubble, and flowing rivers, and morning and evening, and summer and winter, I love thee, my Friend.


Quote: Having each some shingles of thought well dried, we sat and whittled them. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white tulips in white background
Photo Credit: Adriana Antunes

Having each some shingles of thought well dried, we sat and whittled them.


Quote: When I visit again some haunt of my youth, I am glad to find that nature wears so well. The landscape is indeed something real, and solid, and sincere, and I have not put my foot through it yet. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of blue textile with blue background
Photo Credit: James Lee

When I visit again some haunt of my youth, I am glad to find that nature wears so well. The landscape is indeed something real, and solid, and sincere, and I have not put my foot through it yet.


Quote: To a small man every greater is an exaggeration. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of purple flower in tilt shift lens
Photo Credit: Martin Sanchez

To a small man every greater is an exaggeration.


Quote: Even in civilized communities, the embryo man passes through the hunter stage of development. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink tulips on gray wooden surface
Photo Credit: Catia Climovich

Even in civilized communities, the embryo man passes through the hunter stage of development.


Quote: The world is a strange place for a playhouse to stand within it. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of grey cliff near body of water
Photo Credit: Andrey Andreyev

The world is a strange place for a playhouse to stand within it.


Quote: True kindness is a pure divine affinity, Not founded upon human consanguinity. It is a spirit, not a blood relation, Superior to family and station. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink and teal striped textile
Photo Credit: Gradienta

True kindness is a pure divine affinity, Not founded upon human consanguinity. It is a spirit, not a blood relation, Superior to family and station.


Quote: Deep are the foundations of sincerity. Even stone walls have their foundation below the frost. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink and white tulips on white surface
Photo Credit: Larisa Birta

Deep are the foundations of sincerity. Even stone walls have their foundation below the frost.


Quote: The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of a couple holding hands with a wedding ring visible
Photo Credit: Shelby Deeter

The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.


Quote: Hope and the future for me are not in lawns and cultivated fields, not in towns and cities, but in the impervious and quaking swamps. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow green leaf
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

Hope and the future for me are not in lawns and cultivated fields, not in towns and cities, but in the impervious and quaking swamps.


Quote: They were pleasant spring days, in which the winter of man's discontent was thawing as well as the earth, and the life that had lain torpid began to stretch itself. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of trees during sunset
Photo Credit: Kristaps Ungurs

They were pleasant spring days, in which the winter of man's discontent was thawing as well as the earth, and the life that had lain torpid began to stretch itself.


Quote: The tavern will compare favorably with the church. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man holding banknote
Photo Credit: Travis Essinger

The tavern will compare favorably with the church.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The tavern will compare favorably with the church. The church is the place where prayers and sermons are delivered, but the tavern is where they are to take effect, and if the former are good, the latter cannot be bad.


Quote: It is strange to talk of miracles, revelations, inspiration, and the like, as things past, while love remains. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of litter of dogs
Photo Credit: Karel Van der Auwera

It is strange to talk of miracles, revelations, inspiration, and the like, as things past, while love remains.


Quote: As the least drop of wine tinges the whole goblet, so the least particle of truth colors our whole life. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of blue and black butterfly on pink and yellow flower
Photo Credit: William Warby

As the least drop of wine tinges the whole goblet, so the least particle of truth colors our whole life.


Quote: The music of all creatures has to do with their loves, even of toads and frogs. Is it not the same with man? by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green leafed tree on body of water under starry sky
Photo Credit: nate rayfield

The music of all creatures has to do with their loves, even of toads and frogs. Is it not the same with man?


Quote: The stars are the apexes of what triangles! by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of blue flower in close up photography
Photo Credit: Phillip Larking

The stars are the apexes of what triangles!

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The stars are the apexes of what wonderful triangles! What distant and different beings in the various mansions of the universe are contemplating the same one at the same moment! Nature and human life are as various as our several constitutions. 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: We do not enjoy poetry unless we know it to be poetry. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man hugging woman wall painting
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

We do not enjoy poetry unless we know it to be poetry.


Quote: As for Doing-good, that is one of the professions which are full. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman in red tube dress holding wine glass
Photo Credit: Laura Chouette

As for Doing-good, that is one of the professions which are full.


Quote: Everything may serve a lower as well as a higher use. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of mountains with trees under white star at night
Photo Credit: Nathan Anderson

Everything may serve a lower as well as a higher use.


Quote: O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of water on seashore
Photo Credit: Anastasia Taioglou

O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it, for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.


Quote: The rays which stream through the shutter will be no longer remembered when the shutter is wholly removed. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of laughing woman photo
Photo Credit: Kim Carpenter

The rays which stream through the shutter will be no longer remembered when the shutter is wholly removed.


Quote: Where the citizen uses a mere sliver or board, the pioneer uses the whole trunk of a tree. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person standing on rock formation during daytime
Photo Credit: Paul Gilmore

Where the citizen uses a mere sliver or board, the pioneer uses the whole trunk of a tree.


Quote: I cannot fish without falling a little in self-respect...always when I have done I feel it would have been better if I had not fished. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow rose flower
Photo Credit: Bence Balla-Schottner

I cannot fish without falling a little in self-respect...always when I have done I feel it would have been better if I had not fished.


Quote: All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of birds flying under cloudy sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Isaac Quesada

All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable.


Quote: In an unjust society the only place for a just man is prison. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman in red tube dress holding wine glass
Photo Credit: Laura Chouette

In an unjust society the only place for a just man is prison.


Quote: Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin! by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person in black and white polka dot coat holding black rifle
Photo Credit: Dominik Sostmann

Don't be afraid that your life will end, be afraid that it will never begin!


Quote: As long as possible live free and uncommitted. It makes but little difference whether you are committed to a farm or the county jail. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette photo of couple standing on beach watching sunset
Photo Credit: Nathan Dumlao

As long as possible live free and uncommitted. It makes but little difference whether you are committed to a farm or the county jail.


Quote: In all perception of the truth there is a divine ecstasy, an inexpressible delirium of joy, as when a youth embraces his betrothed virgin. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black mountain under blue sky during night time
Photo Credit: Marcus Dall Col

In all perception of the truth there is a divine ecstasy, an inexpressible delirium of joy, as when a youth embraces his betrothed virgin.


Quote: Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of tilt shift lens pink fetal flowers
Photo Credit: Daiga Ellaby

Some circumstantial evidence is very strong, as when you find a trout in the milk.


Quote: The unconsciousness of man is the consciousness of God. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette photo of six persons on top of mountain
Photo Credit: Chang Duong

The unconsciousness of man is the consciousness of God.


Quote: A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of a woman stares into a man's eyes lovingly
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A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. So our prospects brighten on the influx of better thoughts. We should be blessed if we lived in the present always, and took advantage of every accident that befell us, like the grass which confesses the influence of the slightest dew that falls on it; and did not spend our time in atoning for the neglect of past opportunities, which we call our duty. We loiter in winter while it is already spring. In a pleasant spring morning all men's sins are forgiven.


Quote: Many have believed that Walden reached quite through to the other side of the globe. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of red stain on white wall
Photo Credit: Etienne Girardet

Many have believed that Walden reached quite through to the other side of the globe.


Quote: Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of couple hugging wallpaper
Photo Credit: Natalia Sobolivska

Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe.


Quote: The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man's abode. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of cluster of stars in the sky
Photo Credit: Paul Volkmer

The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man's abode.


Quote: No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black and pink heart print textile
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof. What everybody echoes or in silence passes by as true to-day may turn out to be falsehood to-morrow.


Quote: While some men believe in the infinite, some ponds will be thought to be bottomless. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink heart art
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

While some men believe in the infinite, some ponds will be thought to be bottomless.


Quote: I am too easily contented with a slight and almost animal happiness. My happiness is a good deal like that of the woodchucks. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black dragonfly perched on green grass in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Serge van Neck

I am too easily contented with a slight and almost animal happiness. My happiness is a good deal like that of the woodchucks.


Quote: We must take root; send out some little fibre at least, even every winter day. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of shallow focus photo of green leaves
Photo Credit: karl muscat

We must take root; send out some little fibre at least, even every winter day.


Quote: Poetry implies the whole truth. Philosophy expresses a particle of it. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of 2 girls in blue dress standing on brown field during daytime
Photo Credit: Josue Michel

Poetry implies the whole truth. Philosophy expresses a particle of it.


Quote: It is remarkable how many creatures live wild and free though secret in the woods. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person reaching black heart cutout paper
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

It is remarkable how many creatures live wild and free though secret in the woods.


Quote: I love you not as something private and personal, which is my own, but as something universal and worthy of love which I have found. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white stone woman sculpture
Photo Credit: Daria Sheveleva

I love you not as something private and personal, which is my own, but as something universal and worthy of love which I have found.


Quote: To say that God has given a man many and great talents frequently means that he has brought his heavens down within reach of his hands. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of bird on pier
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

To say that God has given a man many and great talents frequently means that he has brought his heavens down within reach of his hands.


Quote: Life is so short that it is not wise to take roundabout ways, nor can we spend much time in waiting.... We have not got half-way to dawn yet. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of red and brown maple leaves
Photo Credit: Chad Madden

Life is so short that it is not wise to take roundabout ways, nor can we spend much time in waiting.... We have not got half-way to dawn yet.


Quote: What I began by reading, I must finish by acting. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black metal wheel on brown sand during daytime
Photo Credit: Robert Harkness

What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.


Quote: The thoughtful man becomes a hermit in the thoroughfares of the marketplace. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow sunflowers
Photo Credit: Sarah Le

The thoughtful man becomes a hermit in the thoroughfares of the marketplace.


Quote: A modern author would have died in infancy in a ruder age. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown wooden heart shaped figurine
Photo Credit: Sara Cervera

A modern author would have died in infancy in a ruder age.


Quote: I am awaked almost every night by the panting of the locomotive. It interrupts my dreams. There is no sabbath. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky
Photo Credit: Vincent Chin

I am awaked almost every night by the panting of the locomotive. It interrupts my dreams. There is no sabbath.


Quote: Tradition is a more interrupted and feebler memory. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of couple embracing backlit by sunset wallpaper
Photo Credit: Mauricio Livio

Tradition is a more interrupted and feebler memory.


Quote: As a snow-drift is formed where there is a lull in the wind, so, one would say, where there is a lull of truth, an institution springs up. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of beach during daytime
Photo Credit: Harry Holder

As a snow-drift is formed where there is a lull in the wind, so, one would say, where there is a lull of truth, an institution springs up.


Quote: Some show their kindness to the poor by employing them in their kitchens. Would they not be kinder if they employed themselves there? by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of selective focus of common poppy flower
Photo Credit: Quaritsch Photography

Some show their kindness to the poor by employing them in their kitchens. Would they not be kinder if they employed themselves there?


Quote: Society is commonly too cheap. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of orange tabby kitten in grasses
Photo Credit: Andriyko Podilnyk

Society is commonly too cheap.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Society is commonly too cheap. We meet at very short intervals, not having had time to acquire any new value for each other.We meet at meals three times a day, and give each other a new taste of that musty old cheese that we are. We have had to agree on a certain set of rules, called etiquette and politeness, to make this frequent meeting tolerable and that we need not come to open war. We meet at the post office, and at the sociable, and at the fireside every night; we live thick and are in each other's way, and stumble over one another, and I think that we thus lose some respect for one another.


Quote: The Iliad represents no creed nor opinion, and we read it with a rare sense of freedom and irresponsibility, as if we trod on native ground, and were autochthones of the soil. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of icy mountain scenery
Photo Credit: Jaron Mobley

The Iliad represents no creed nor opinion, and we read it with a rare sense of freedom and irresponsibility, as if we trod on native ground, and were autochthones of the soil.


Quote: I do not judge men by anything they can do. Their greatest deed is the impression they make on me. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silver and gold UNK on brown wooden surface
Photo Credit: Jay Rembert

I do not judge men by anything they can do. Their greatest deed is the impression they make on me.


Quote: The man who thrusts his manners upon me does as if he were to insist on introducing me to his cabinet of curiosities, when I wished to see himself. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown and white humming bird
Photo Credit: Steve Harvey

The man who thrusts his manners upon me does as if he were to insist on introducing me to his cabinet of curiosities, when I wished to see himself.


Quote: In the long run, you hit only what you aim at. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black flat screen computer monitor
Photo Credit: Mohammad Rahmani

In the long run, you hit only what you aim at.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.


Quote: If I choose to devote myself to certain labors which yield more real profit, though but little money, they may be inclined to look on me as an idler. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of foggy mountains
Photo Credit: Simon Berger

If I choose to devote myself to certain labors which yield more real profit, though but little money, they may be inclined to look on me as an idler.


Quote: While the Governor, and the Mayor, and countless officers of the Commonwealth are at large, the champions of liberty are imprisoned. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow green leaf
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

While the Governor, and the Mayor, and countless officers of the Commonwealth are at large, the champions of liberty are imprisoned.


Quote: I think that the farmer displaces the Indian even because he redeems the meadow, and so makes himself stronger and in some respects more natural. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of plain background
Photo Credit: Pawel Czerwinski

I think that the farmer displaces the Indian even because he redeems the meadow, and so makes himself stronger and in some respects more natural.


Quote: We find it difficult to choose our direction because it does not yet exist distinctly in our idea. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape
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We find it difficult to choose our direction because it does not yet exist distinctly in our idea.


Quote: I want the flower and fruit of a man; that some fragrance be wafted over from him to me, and some ripeness flavor our intercourse. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape rocks
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

I want the flower and fruit of a man; that some fragrance be wafted over from him to me, and some ripeness flavor our intercourse.


Quote: The incessant anxiety and strain of some is a well-nigh incurable form of disease. We are made to exaggerate the importance of what we do; and yet how much is not done by us! by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of icy mountain scenery
Photo Credit: Jaron Mobley

The incessant anxiety and strain of some is a well-nigh incurable form of disease. We are made to exaggerate the importance of what we do; and yet how much is not done by us!


Quote: A Friend is one who incessantly pays us the compliment of expecting from us all the virtues, and who can appreciate them in us. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white stone woman sculpture
Photo Credit: Daria Sheveleva

A Friend is one who incessantly pays us the compliment of expecting from us all the virtues, and who can appreciate them in us.


Quote: New ideas come into this world somewhat like falling meteors, with a flash and an explosion. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of close-up photography of heart shaped fairy lite on brown sand
Photo Credit: Fadi Xd

New ideas come into this world somewhat like falling meteors, with a flash and an explosion.


Quote: Ninety-nine one-hundredths of our lives we are mere hedgers and ditchers, but from time to time we meet with reminders of our destiny. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of clear wine glass with red wine
Photo Credit: Thomas Franke

Ninety-nine one-hundredths of our lives we are mere hedgers and ditchers, but from time to time we meet with reminders of our destiny.


Quote: The lover wants no partiality. He says, Be so kind as to be just. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence
Photo Credit: Lawrence Hookham

The lover wants no partiality. He says, Be so kind as to be just.


Quote: I perceive that we inhabitants of New England live this mean life that we do because our vision does not penetrate the surface ofthings. We think that that is which appears to be. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette photography of wavy ocean
Photo Credit: Roberto Catarinicchia

I perceive that we inhabitants of New England live this mean life that we do because our vision does not penetrate the surface ofthings. We think that that is which appears to be.


Quote: Nothing but great antiquity can make graveyards interesting to me. I have no friends there. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown pencil on white surface
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

Nothing but great antiquity can make graveyards interesting to me. I have no friends there.


Quote: Why should we be startled by death? Life is a constant putting off of the mortal coil -- coat, cuticle, flesh and bones, all old clothes. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of two person hiking on gray mountain
Photo Credit: Maja Kochanowska

Why should we be startled by death? Life is a constant putting off of the mortal coil -- coat, cuticle, flesh and bones, all old clothes.


Quote: Everyone must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of shallow focus photo of green leaves
Photo Credit: karl muscat

Everyone must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing.


Quote: When a noble deed is done, who is likely to appreciate it? They who are noble themselves. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person typing on Apple Cordless Keyboard
Photo Credit: Damian Zaleski

When a noble deed is done, who is likely to appreciate it? They who are noble themselves.


Quote: You cannot hear music and noise at the same time. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man in white shirt and black pants standing on top of building
Photo Credit: Jr Korpa

You cannot hear music and noise at the same time.


Quote: Mythology is the crop which the Old World bore before its soil was exhausted. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow sunflowers
Photo Credit: Sarah Le

Mythology is the crop which the Old World bore before its soil was exhausted.


Quote: The gifts of Heaven are never quite gratuitous. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of man and woman kissing during sunset
Photo Credit: MARCOS CORRADINI

The gifts of Heaven are never quite gratuitous.


Quote: There is commonly sufficient space about us. Our horizon is never quite at our elbows. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green trees under white sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Fabio Fistarol

There is commonly sufficient space about us. Our horizon is never quite at our elbows.


Quote: If we see nature as pausing, immediately all mortifies and decays; but seen as progressing, she is beautiful. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of forest trees photograph
Photo Credit: Mitchell Luo

If we see nature as pausing, immediately all mortifies and decays; but seen as progressing, she is beautiful.


Writing your name can lead to writing sentences. And the next thing you'll be doing is writing paragraphs, and then books. And then you'll be in as much trouble as I am!


Quote: The universe expects every man to do his duty in his parallel of latitude. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow sunflowers
Photo Credit: Sarah Le

The universe expects every man to do his duty in his parallel of latitude.


Quote: The only free road, the Underground Railroad, is owned and managed by the Vigilant Committee. They have tunneled under the whole breadth of the land. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of rocky mountain
Photo Credit: Manuel Will

The only free road, the Underground Railroad, is owned and managed by the Vigilant Committee. They have tunneled under the whole breadth of the land.


Quote: The startings and arrivals of the cars are now the epochs in the village day. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white concrete houses under blue sky at daytime
Photo Credit: Andre Benz

The startings and arrivals of the cars are now the epochs in the village day.


Quote: Instead of the scream of a fish hawk scaring the fishes, is heard the whistle of the steam-engine, arousing a country to its progress. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of coconut tree near body of water
Photo Credit: Pedro Monteiro

Instead of the scream of a fish hawk scaring the fishes, is heard the whistle of the steam-engine, arousing a country to its progress.


Quote: Real power is measured by how much you can let things be. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman in pink jacket standing on green grass field under blue sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Nick Page

Real power is measured by how much you can let things be.


Quote: It would be no reproach to a philosopher, that he knew the future better than the past, or even than the present. It is better worth knowing. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green leaf in close up photography
Photo Credit: Dan Hodgkins

It would be no reproach to a philosopher, that he knew the future better than the past, or even than the present. It is better worth knowing.


Quote: Can there be any greater reproach than an idle learning? Learn to split wood, at least. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person holding lighted oil lamp
Photo Credit: Prateek Gautam

Can there be any greater reproach than an idle learning? Learn to split wood, at least.


Quote: The slight reproach to which the virtue of patriotism is commonly liable, the noble are most likely to incur. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of red rose wallpaper
Photo Credit: Cristina Pop

The slight reproach to which the virtue of patriotism is commonly liable, the noble are most likely to incur.


Quote: When the reptile is attacked at one mouth of his burrow, he shows himself at another. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink heart art
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

When the reptile is attacked at one mouth of his burrow, he shows himself at another.


Quote: Truth never turns to rebuke falsehood; her own straightforwardness is the severest correction. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of peacock butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Arturo Sreev

Truth never turns to rebuke falsehood; her own straightforwardness is the severest correction.


Quote: Men spend the best parts of their lives earning money in order to enjoy a questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of selective focus of common poppy flower
Photo Credit: Quaritsch Photography

Men spend the best parts of their lives earning money in order to enjoy a questionable liberty during the least valuable part of it.


Quote: I have received no more than one or two letters in my life that were worth the postage. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of landscape photo of mountain during nighttime
Photo Credit: Alexandr Podvalny

I have received no more than one or two letters in my life that were worth the postage.


Quote: Genius is not a retainer to any emperor. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of purple heart shaped ornament on black and white textile
Photo Credit: Tim Mossholder

Genius is not a retainer to any emperor.


Quote: It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten track for ourselves. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of orange tabby kittens
Photo Credit: Jonathan Wiemers

It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten track for ourselves.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten track for ourselves. I had not lived there a week before my feet wore a path from my door to the pond-side; and though it is five or six years since I trod it, it is still quite distinct. It is true, I fear, that others may have fallen into it, and so helped to keep it open. The surface of the earth is soft and impressible by the feet of men; and so with the paths which the mind travels. How worn and dusty, then, must be the highways of the world, how deep the ruts of tradition and conformity!


Quote: Could slavery suggest a more complete servility than some of these journals exhibit? Is there any dust which their conduct does not lick, and make fouler still with its slime? by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of a person during sunset
Photo Credit: Steve Halama

Could slavery suggest a more complete servility than some of these journals exhibit? Is there any dust which their conduct does not lick, and make fouler still with its slime?


Quote: There is ripe fruit over your head. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of boat docked near house
Photo Credit: Luca Bravo

There is ripe fruit over your head.


Quote: When the leaves fall, the whole earth is a cemetery pleasant to walk in. I love to wander and muse over them in their graves. Here are no lying nor vain epitaphs. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white brick wall planning
Photo Credit: Kupono Kuwamura

When the leaves fall, the whole earth is a cemetery pleasant to walk in. I love to wander and muse over them in their graves. Here are no lying nor vain epitaphs.


Quote: The eye which can appreciate the naked and absolute beauty of a scientific truth is far more rare than that which is attracted by a moral one. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of swimming pool with stainless steel ladder
Photo Credit: Etienne Girardet

The eye which can appreciate the naked and absolute beauty of a scientific truth is far more rare than that which is attracted by a moral one.


Quote: Sobriety, severity, and self-respect are the foundations of all true sociality. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man kissing woman forehead
Photo Credit: Allef Vinicius

Sobriety, severity, and self-respect are the foundations of all true sociality.


Quote: There is reason in the distinction of civil and uncivil. The manners are sometimes so rough a rind that we doubt whether they cover any core or sap-wood at all. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of desert under blue skies
Photo Credit: Yuriy Bogdanov

There is reason in the distinction of civil and uncivil. The manners are sometimes so rough a rind that we doubt whether they cover any core or sap-wood at all.


Quote: Most events recorded in history are more remarkable than important, like eclipses of the sun and moon, by which all are attracted,but whose effects no one takes the trouble to calculate. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of purple and black light illustration
Photo Credit: Mikael Frivold

Most events recorded in history are more remarkable than important, like eclipses of the sun and moon, by which all are attracted,but whose effects no one takes the trouble to calculate.


Quote: The sacredness, if there is any, is all in yourself and not in the place. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person in red shirt walking on brown field under gray sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Clay Banks

The sacredness, if there is any, is all in yourself and not in the place.


Quote: The present hour is always wealthiest when it is poorer than the future ones, as that is the pleasantest site which affords the pleasantest prospect. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown wooden heart shaped wall decor
Photo Credit: Taylor Heery

The present hour is always wealthiest when it is poorer than the future ones, as that is the pleasantest site which affords the pleasantest prospect.


Quote: The first sparrow of spring! The year beginning with younger hope than ever! by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of selective focus photo of four green humming birds with red flowers
Photo Credit: James Wainscoat

The first sparrow of spring! The year beginning with younger hope than ever!

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The first sparrow of spring! The year beginning with younger hope than ever!... What at such a time are histories, chronologies, traditions, and all written revelations? The brooks sing carols and glees to the spring.


Quote: The sea-shore is a sort of neutral ground, a most advantageous point from which to contemplate this world. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of mountains covered with fog
Photo Credit: asoggetti

The sea-shore is a sort of neutral ground, a most advantageous point from which to contemplate this world.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The sea-shore is a sort of neutral ground, a most advantageous point from which to contemplate this world. It is even a trivial place. The waves forever rolling to the land are too far-travelled and untamable to be familiar. Creeping along the endless beach amid the sun-squall and the foam, it occurs to us that we, too, are the product of sea-slime.


Quote: Whatever sentence will bear to be read twice, we may be sure was thought twice. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person holding lighted oil lamp
Photo Credit: Prateek Gautam

Whatever sentence will bear to be read twice, we may be sure was thought twice.


Quote: Whether the flower looks better in the nosegay than in the meadow where it grew and we had to wet our feet to get it! Is the scholastic air any advantage? by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white and gray floral bed sheet
Photo Credit: Emiliano Vittoriosi

Whether the flower looks better in the nosegay than in the meadow where it grew and we had to wet our feet to get it! Is the scholastic air any advantage?


Quote: I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think that the same is true of human beings. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink
Photo Credit: Jon Tyson

I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think that the same is true of human beings.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think that the same is true of human beings. We do not wish to see children precocious, making great strides in their early years like sprouts, producing a soft and perishable timber, but better if they expand slowly at first, as if contending with difficulties, and so are solidified and perfected. Such trees continue to expand with nearly equal rapidity to extreme old age.


Quote: In the student sensuality is a sluggish habit of mind. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown and black tiger near body of water
Photo Credit: Ratanjot Singh

In the student sensuality is a sluggish habit of mind.


Quote: How earthy old people become -- moldy as the grave! Their wisdom smacks of the earth. There is no foretaste of immortality in it. They remind me of earthworms and mole crickets. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of birds flying under cloudy sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Isaac Quesada

How earthy old people become -- moldy as the grave! Their wisdom smacks of the earth. There is no foretaste of immortality in it. They remind me of earthworms and mole crickets.


Quote: Verily, chemistry is not a splitting of hairs when you have got half a dozen raw Irishmen in the laboratory. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow flower field near bare trees during daytime
Photo Credit: Ricardo Gomez Angel

Verily, chemistry is not a splitting of hairs when you have got half a dozen raw Irishmen in the laboratory.


Quote: One generation abandons the enterprises of another like stranded vessels. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of red tulip in bloom close up photo
Photo Credit: Stanislav Rozhkov

One generation abandons the enterprises of another like stranded vessels.


Quote: Water is a pioneer which the settler follows, taking advantage of its improvements. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man and woman standing outside during winter
Photo Credit: Toa Heftiba

Water is a pioneer which the settler follows, taking advantage of its improvements.


Quote: One should be always on the trail of one's own deepest nature. For it is the fearless living out of your own essential nature that connects you to the Divine. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white textile in close up photography
Photo Credit: Alyssa Hurley

One should be always on the trail of one's own deepest nature. For it is the fearless living out of your own essential nature that connects you to the Divine.


Quote: All endeavour calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of orange tabby cat
Photo Credit: Gaelle Marcel

All endeavour calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one... characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers.


Quote: The lichen on the rocks is a rude and simple shield which beginning and imperfect Nature suspended there. Still hangs her wrinkledtrophy. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown short coated dog lying on white and pink floral textile
Photo Credit: Joy Christian

The lichen on the rocks is a rude and simple shield which beginning and imperfect Nature suspended there. Still hangs her wrinkledtrophy.


Quote: Most of the stone a nation hammers goes toward its tomb only. It buries itself alive. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white fox sitting on snow during daytime
Photo Credit: Jonatan Pie

Most of the stone a nation hammers goes toward its tomb only. It buries itself alive.


Quote: There have been some nations who could do nothing but construct tombs, and these are the only traces which they have left. They are the heathen. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of purple petaled flower on gray surface
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

There have been some nations who could do nothing but construct tombs, and these are the only traces which they have left. They are the heathen.


Quote: Especially the transcendental philosophy needs the leaven of humor to render it light and digestible. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown sand under blue sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Paul Gilmore

Especially the transcendental philosophy needs the leaven of humor to render it light and digestible.


Quote: I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white stone woman sculpture
Photo Credit: Daria Sheveleva

I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary.


Quote: What demon possessed me that I behaved so well? by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white and black boat on sea during daytime
Photo Credit: Pat Whelen

What demon possessed me that I behaved so well?


Quote: For the most part we allow only outlying and transient circumstances to make our occasions. They are, in fact, the cause of our distraction. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man in white shirt and black shorts standing on seashore during sunset
Photo Credit: Marcos Paulo Prado

For the most part we allow only outlying and transient circumstances to make our occasions. They are, in fact, the cause of our distraction.


Quote: The modern cheap and fertile press, with all its translations, has done little to bring us nearer to the heroic writers of antiquity. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of blue rose
Photo Credit: Edward Howell

The modern cheap and fertile press, with all its translations, has done little to bring us nearer to the heroic writers of antiquity.


Quote: Really to see the sun rise or go down every day, so to relate ourselves to a universal fact, would preserve us sane forever. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person holding magnifying glass near desk globe
Photo Credit: Clay Banks

Really to see the sun rise or go down every day, so to relate ourselves to a universal fact, would preserve us sane forever.


Quote: I have lived some thirty years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of closed white painted door with exit signage
Photo Credit: Michael Jasmund

I have lived some thirty years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.


Quote: First, there is the power of the Wind, constantly exerted over the globe... Here is an almost incalculable power at our disposal, yet how trifling the use we make of it. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of purple and green light digital wallpaper
Photo Credit: Isaac Quesada

First, there is the power of the Wind, constantly exerted over the globe... Here is an almost incalculable power at our disposal, yet how trifling the use we make of it.


Quote: To say that a man is your Friend means commonly no more than this, that he is not your enemy. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white and red flower with green leaves
Photo Credit: Evie S.

To say that a man is your Friend means commonly no more than this, that he is not your enemy.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

To say that a man is your Friend, means commonly no more than this, that he is not your enemy. Most contemplate only what would be the accidental and trifling advantages of Friendship, as that the Friend can assist in time of need by his substance, or his influence, or his counsel. Even the utmost goodwill and harmony and practical kindness are not sufficient for Friendship, for Friends do not live in harmony merely, as some say, but in melody.


Quote: Many college text-books, which were a weariness and stumbling-block when I studied, I have since read a little with pleasure and profit. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of red and brown maple leaves
Photo Credit: Chad Madden

Many college text-books, which were a weariness and stumbling-block when I studied, I have since read a little with pleasure and profit.


Quote: Our whole life is startlingly moral. There is never an instant's truce between virtue and vice. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of clear hour glass
Photo Credit: Alexandar Todov

Our whole life is startlingly moral. There is never an instant's truce between virtue and vice.


Quote: Friendship is never established as an understood relation. It is a miracle which requires constant proofs. It is an exercise of the purest imagination and of the rarest faith! by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of blue boat on sand near body of water during daytime
Photo Credit: Mickey O'neil

Friendship is never established as an understood relation. It is a miracle which requires constant proofs. It is an exercise of the purest imagination and of the rarest faith!


Quote: Our village life would stagnate if it were not for the unexplored forests and meadows which surround it. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black and white papilio butterfly
Photo Credit: Boris Smokrovic

Our village life would stagnate if it were not for the unexplored forests and meadows which surround it.


Quote: He is not a true man of science who does not bring some sympathy to his studies, and expect to learn something by behaviour as well as application. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of panoramic photography of mountains
Photo Credit: Alex Shutin

He is not a true man of science who does not bring some sympathy to his studies, and expect to learn something by behaviour as well as application.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

He is not a true man of science who does not bring some sympathy to his studies, and expect to learn something by behavior as well as by application. It is childish to rest in the discovery of mere coincidences, or of partial and extraneous laws. The study of geometry is a petty and idle exercise of the mind, if it is applied to no larger system than the starry one. Mathematics should be mixed not only with physics but with ethics; that is mixed mathematics. The fact which interests us most is the life of the naturalist. The purest science is still biographical.


Quote: The silence sings. It is musical. I remember a night when it was audible. I heard the unspeakable. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of assorted-color kittens
Photo Credit: The Lucky Neko

The silence sings. It is musical. I remember a night when it was audible. I heard the unspeakable.


Quote: One who knew how to appropriate the true value of this world would be the poorest man in it. The poor rich man! all he has is whathe has bought. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of assorted-color lear hanging decor
Photo Credit: Chris Lawton

One who knew how to appropriate the true value of this world would be the poorest man in it. The poor rich man! all he has is whathe has bought.


Quote: In the mythus a superhuman intelligence uses the unconscious thoughts and dreams of men as its hieroglyphics to address men unborn. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow and purple flower with white background
Photo Credit: Flavia Bon

In the mythus a superhuman intelligence uses the unconscious thoughts and dreams of men as its hieroglyphics to address men unborn.


Quote: Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of cat with flower
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping.


Quote: The poet will maintain serenity in spite of all disappointments. He is expected to preserve an unconcerned and healthy outlook over the world, while he lives. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white wall paint beside white wall
Photo Credit: Augustine Wong

The poet will maintain serenity in spite of all disappointments. He is expected to preserve an unconcerned and healthy outlook over the world, while he lives.


Quote: In a world of peace and love, music would be the universal language. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man holding his black suit
Photo Credit: Jeremy Beadle

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


Quote: The wisest man preaches no doctrines; he has no scheme; he sees no rafter, not even a cobweb, against the heavens. It is clear sky. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green trees under white sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Nin Duletin

The wisest man preaches no doctrines; he has no scheme; he sees no rafter, not even a cobweb, against the heavens. It is clear sky.


Quote: I come to my solitary woodland walk as the homesick go home. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of short-coated brown and white puppy sitting on floor
Photo Credit: Alvan Nee

I come to my solitary woodland walk as the homesick go home.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I come to my solitary woodland walk as the homesick go home. I thus dispose of the superfluous and see things as they are, grand and beautiful.


Quote: I derive no pleasure from talking with a young woman simply because she has regular features. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of photo of brown parquet
Photo Credit: Luca Rüegg

I derive no pleasure from talking with a young woman simply because she has regular features.


Quote: It is not worth while to go round the world to count the cats in Zanzibar. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person in black and white polka dot coat holding black rifle
Photo Credit: Dominik Sostmann

It is not worth while to go round the world to count the cats in Zanzibar.


Quote: The Universal Soul, as it is called, has an interest in the stacking of hay, the foddering of cattle, and the draining of peat-meadows. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow green leaf
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

The Universal Soul, as it is called, has an interest in the stacking of hay, the foddering of cattle, and the draining of peat-meadows.


Quote: Let go of the past and go for the future. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of snow-covered mountain near lake under blue sky
Photo Credit: fynn

Let go of the past and go for the future.


Quote: Nothing can shock a brave man but dullness. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of 1 us dollar bill
Photo Credit: omer shahzad

Nothing can shock a brave man but dullness.


Quote: I hear beyond the range of sound,
I see beyond the range of sight,
New earths and skies and seas around,
And in my day the sun doth pale his light. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person in black shoes standing on gray concrete floor
Photo Credit: Belinda Fewings

I hear beyond the range of sound,
I see beyond the range of sight,
New earths and skies and seas around,
And in my day the sun doth pale his light.


Quote: Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of blue wooden door opened
Photo Credit: Joaquin Paz y Miño

Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion.


Quote: Did ever a man try heroism, magnanimity, truth, sincerity, and find that there was no advantage in them -- that it was a vain endeavor? by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman exercising indoors
Photo Credit: Jonathan Borba

Did ever a man try heroism, magnanimity, truth, sincerity, and find that there was no advantage in them -- that it was a vain endeavor?


Quote: Our statistics are at fault: the population has been returned too large. How many men are there to a square thousand miles in this country? Hardly one. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown and white humming bird
Photo Credit: Steve Harvey

Our statistics are at fault: the population has been returned too large. How many men are there to a square thousand miles in this country? Hardly one.


Quote: He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of purple and white petaled flower
Photo Credit: Jari Hytönen

He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.


Quote: My enemies are worms, cool days, and most of all woodchucks. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of grassland landscape
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

My enemies are worms, cool days, and most of all woodchucks.


Quote: How often we find ourselves turning our backs on our actual friends, that we might go and meet their ideal cousins. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of woman standing in green field
Photo Credit: Olia Nayda

How often we find ourselves turning our backs on our actual friends, that we might go and meet their ideal cousins.


Quote: Sincerity is a great but rare virtue, and we pardon to it much complaining, and the betrayal of many weaknesses. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green trees on body of water during daytime
Photo Credit: diGital Sennin

Sincerity is a great but rare virtue, and we pardon to it much complaining, and the betrayal of many weaknesses.


Quote: I love a broad margin to my life. Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise til noon, rapt in a revery. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white wall paint beside white wall
Photo Credit: Augustine Wong

I love a broad margin to my life. Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise til noon, rapt in a revery.


Quote: Morning glory is the best name, it always refreshes me to see it. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black and silver retractable pen on blank book
Photo Credit: Mike Tinnion

Morning glory is the best name, it always refreshes me to see it.


Quote: The true harvest of my life is intangible -- a little star dust caught, a portion of the rainbow I have clutched. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white cat
Photo Credit: Leonsa

The true harvest of my life is intangible -- a little star dust caught, a portion of the rainbow I have clutched.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribably as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.


Quote: To regret deeply is to live afresh. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person with blue paint on hand
Photo Credit: Phil Hearing

To regret deeply is to live afresh.


Quote: Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white and brown cat lying on brown wooden floor
Photo Credit: Daria Shatova

Men go back to the mountains, as they go back to sailing ships at sea, because in the mountains and on the sea they must face up.


Quote: Staying in the house breeds a sort of insanity always. Every house is, in this sense, a hospital. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on person index finger
Photo Credit: Amy Humphries

Staying in the house breeds a sort of insanity always. Every house is, in this sense, a hospital.


Quote: No humane being, past the thoughtless age of boyhood, will wantonly murder any creature, which holds its life by the same tenure that he does. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black mountain under blue sky during night time
Photo Credit: Marcus Dall Col

No humane being, past the thoughtless age of boyhood, will wantonly murder any creature, which holds its life by the same tenure that he does.


Quote: We cannot but pity the boy who has never fired a gun; he is no more humane, while his education has been sadly neglected. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown sands
Photo Credit: Daniel Straub

We cannot but pity the boy who has never fired a gun; he is no more humane, while his education has been sadly neglected.


Quote: What recommends commerce to me is its enterprise and bravery. It does not clasp its hands and pray to Jupiter. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky
Photo Credit: Vincent Chin

What recommends commerce to me is its enterprise and bravery. It does not clasp its hands and pray to Jupiter.


Quote: I have, as it were, my own sun and moon and stars, and a little world all to myself. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of MacBook Pro turned on
Photo Credit: Andras Vas

I have, as it were, my own sun and moon and stars, and a little world all to myself.


Quote: The moose is singularly grotesque and awkward to look at. Why should it stand so high at the shoulders? Why have so long a head? Why have no tail to speak of? by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of yellow wallpaper
Photo Credit: Teodor Drobota

The moose is singularly grotesque and awkward to look at. Why should it stand so high at the shoulders? Why have so long a head? Why have no tail to speak of?


Quote: We communicate like the burrows of foxes, in silence and darkness, under ground. We are undermined by faith and love. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown sands
Photo Credit: Daniel Straub

We communicate like the burrows of foxes, in silence and darkness, under ground. We are undermined by faith and love.


Quote: Think for yourself, or others will think for you without thinking of you. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of red flame
Photo Credit: Amador Loureiro

Think for yourself, or others will think for you without thinking of you.


Quote: Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white rose flower
Photo Credit: Valerie Blanchett

Take long walks in stormy weather or through deep snows in the fields and woods, if you would keep your spirits up. Deal with brute nature. Be cold and hungry and weary.


Quote: Methinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette photo of person holding flashlight under milk way
Photo Credit: Manouchehr Hejazi

Methinks that the moment my legs began to move, my thoughts began to flow.


Quote: How few things can a man measure with the tape of his understanding ; How many greater things might he be seeing in the meanwhile. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of couple holding hands wallpaper
Photo Credit: Priscilla Du Preez

How few things can a man measure with the tape of his understanding ; How many greater things might he be seeing in the meanwhile.


Life in us is like the water in a river.


Quote: I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of campers under milky way
Photo Credit: Clarisse Meyer

I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man: wine is not so noble a liquor; and think of dashing the hopes of a morningwith a cup of warm coffee, or of an evening with a dish of tea! Ah, how low I fall when I am tempted by them! Even music may be intoxicating. Such apparently slight causes destroyed Greece and Rome, and will destroy England and America.


Quote: To be a philosopher... is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of close up shot of white flower
Photo Credit: Christian Widell

To be a philosopher... is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically.


Quote: My life has been the poem I would have writ,
But I could not both live and utter it. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of desk with laptop
Photo Credit: Nikita Kachanovsky

My life has been the poem I would have writ,
But I could not both live and utter it.


Quote: Poetry is the only life got, the only work done, the only pure product and free labor of man, performed only when he has put all the world under his feet, and conquered the last of his foes. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of photo of giraffe
Photo Credit: Katie Treadway

Poetry is the only life got, the only work done, the only pure product and free labor of man, performed only when he has put all the world under his feet, and conquered the last of his foes.


Quote: Trees indeed have hearts. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white and gray cat
Photo Credit: MIKHAIL VASILYEV

Trees indeed have hearts.


Quote: If you would get exercise, go in search of the springs of life. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person holding yellow petaled flower
Photo Credit: Kawin Harasai

If you would get exercise, go in search of the springs of life.


Quote: One chair for solitude, two for friendship, and three for society. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of elephant on brown sand during sunset
Photo Credit: Jordan Heinrichs

One chair for solitude, two for friendship, and three for society.


Quote: You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of a bunch of metal tools
Photo Credit: Zachary Kadolph

You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.


Quote: So our human life but dies down to its root, and still puts forth its green blade to eternity. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man playing soccer during daytime
Photo Credit: Sven Kucinic

So our human life but dies down to its root, and still puts forth its green blade to eternity.


Quote: Above all, we cannot afford not to live in the present. He is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing life in remembering the past. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man standing on cliff
Photo Credit: Tobias Tullius

Above all, we cannot afford not to live in the present. He is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing life in remembering the past.


Quote: What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on? by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of brown cat
Photo Credit: James Sutton

What's the use of a fine house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?


Quote: My greatest skill in life has been to want but little. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown and black tiger near body of water
Photo Credit: Ratanjot Singh

My greatest skill in life has been to want but little.


Quote: The path of least resistance leads to crooked rivers and crooked men. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of silhouette of mountain during sunset
Photo Credit: Sonil Trivedi

The path of least resistance leads to crooked rivers and crooked men.


Quote: Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown and white abstract painting
Photo Credit: James Lee

Not till we are lost, in other words not till we have lost the world, do we begin to find ourselves, and realize where we are and the infinite extent of our relations.


Quote: We are born as innocents. We are polluted by advice. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of Russian Blue cat
Photo Credit: Max Baskakov

We are born as innocents. We are polluted by advice.


Quote: We are constantly invited to be who we are. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of copper-colored coins on in person's hands
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

We are constantly invited to be who we are.


Quote: You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of man and woman facing backward while woman's head on man's shoulder on tip of hill
Photo Credit: Aiony Haust

You cannot dream yourself into a character: you must hammer and forge yourself into one.


Quote: This world is but a canvas for our imagination. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of girl leaning on wall during daytime
Photo Credit: Kiana Bosman

This world is but a canvas for our imagination.


Quote: The only way to speak the truth is to speak lovingly. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black sailing boat digital wallpaper
Photo Credit: Johannes Plenio

The only way to speak the truth is to speak lovingly.


Quote: I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of worm's eye view of trees during night time
Photo Credit: Ryan Hutton

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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 did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.


Quote: I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of black and white butterfly perched on purple flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Sonika Agarwal

I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life.


Quote: It is the marriage of the soul with nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green trees on body of water during daytime
Photo Credit: diGital Sennin

It is the marriage of the soul with nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination.


Quote: I would give all the wealth of the world, and all the deeds of all the heroes, for one true vision. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green trees under white sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Fabio Fistarol

I would give all the wealth of the world, and all the deeds of all the heroes, for one true vision.


Quote: Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of white and gray cat on brown wooden table
Photo Credit: Roberto Huczek

Gardening is civil and social, but it wants the vigor and freedom of the forest and the outlaw.


Quote: Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of starry night in Texas
Photo Credit: Justin W

Though I do not believe that a plant will spring up where no seed has been, I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders.


Quote: Perfect sincerity and transparency make a great part of beauty, as in dewdrops, lakes, and diamonds. 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

Perfect sincerity and transparency make a great part of beauty, as in dewdrops, lakes, and diamonds.


Quote: The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of red textile on brown wooden table
Photo Credit: engin akyurt

The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective.


Quote: When any real progress is made, we unlearned and learn anew what we thought we knew before. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of brown and white long coated small dog wearing eyeglasses on black laptop computer
Photo Credit: Cookie the Pom

When any real progress is made, we unlearned and learn anew what we thought we knew before.


Quote: The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of landscape photography of mountain
Photo Credit: Caleb White

The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The fire is the main comfort of the camp, whether in summer or winter, and is about as ample at one season as at another. It is as well for cheerfulness as for warmth and dryness.


Quote: Every child begins the world again. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of person cooking on seashore
Photo Credit: Liam Simpson

Every child begins the world again.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Every child begins the world again, to some extent, and loves to stay outdoors, even in wet and cold. It plays house, as well as horse, having an instinct for it...At last we know not what it is to live in the open air, and our lives are domestic in more senses than we think.


Quote: The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of couple sitting near trees during golden hour
Photo Credit: Khamkéo Vilaysing

The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed.


Quote: Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of pink and green flower painting
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

Philanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

elPhilanthropy is almost the only virtue which is sufficiently appreciated by mankind. Nay, it is overrated; and it is our selfishness which overrates it.


Quote: March to the beat of your own drummer. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of two gold-colored skeleton keys
Photo Credit: Marci Angeles

March to the beat of your own drummer.


Quote: City life is millions of people being lonesome together. by author Henry David Thoreau overlaid on photo of green bird perching on stem
Photo Credit: Mateus Campos Felipe

City life is millions of people being lonesome together.


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