Henry David Thoreau Quotes

Even the best things are not equal to their fame.

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

What sort of philosophers are we, who know absolutely nothing about the origin and destiny of cats?

Henry David Thoreau

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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

Henry David Thoreau

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.

Henry David Thoreau

I quietly declare war with the State, after my fashion, though I will still make use and get advantage of her as I can, as is usual in such cases.

Henry David Thoreau

There is no remedy for love but to love more.

Henry David Thoreau

We are double-edged blades, and every time we whet our virtue the return stroke straps our vice.

Henry David Thoreau

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

Henry David Thoreau

In wilderness is the preservation of the world.

Henry David Thoreau

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.

Henry David Thoreau

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.

Henry David Thoreau

Truths and roses have thorns about them.

Henry David Thoreau
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