We can never have enough of nature.
I went to the woods because I wanted to live deliberately, I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, To put to rout all that was not life and not when I had come to die Discover that I had not lived.
Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.
If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.
You must not know too much or be too precise or scientific about birds and trees and flowers and watercraft; a certain free-margin, and even vagueness - ignorance, credulity - helps your enjoyment of these things.
Government is at best but an expedient; but most governments are usually, and all governments are sometimes, inexpedient. The objections which have been brought against a standing army, and they are many and weighty, and deserve to prevail, may also at last be brought against a standing government.
It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
Do not hire a man who does your work for money, but him who does it for love of it.
There is an incessant influx of novelty into the world, and yet we tolerate incredible dullness.
There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.
He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his souls estate.
A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book.
Thought is the sculptor who can create the person you want to be.
All good things are wild, and free.