Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau (see name pronunciation; July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian. A leading transcendentalist, Thoreau is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Resistance to Civil Government (also known as Civil Disobedience), an argument for disobedience to an unjust state. Thoreau's books, articles, essays, journals, and poetry total over 20 volumes. Among his lasting contributions are his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern-day environmentalism. His literary style interweaves close natural observation, personal experience, pointed rhetoric, symbolic meanings, and historical lore, while di... More


Henry David Thoreau Quotes

Henry David Thoreau #Age

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
Henry David Thoreau #Alone

The man who goes alone can start today but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
Henry David Thoreau #Faith #Happiness

The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.
Henry David Thoreau #Architecture

They can do without architecture who have no olives nor wines in the cellar.
Henry David Thoreau #Art #Imagination

This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
Henry David Thoreau #Beauty

The perception of beauty is a moral test.
Henry David Thoreau #Best #Government

That government is best which governs least.
Henry David Thoreau #Best

Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.
Henry David Thoreau #Best

I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there I could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now.
Henry David Thoreau #Best

It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.
Henry David Thoreau #Best

Nothing goes by luck in composition. It allows of no tricks. The best you can write will be the best you are.
Henry David Thoreau #Business #Life #Poetry

I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
Henry David Thoreau #Business

Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.
Henry David Thoreau #Change

Things do not change we change.
Henry David Thoreau #Death #Men

I have thought there was some advantage even in death, by which we mingle with the herd of common men.
Henry David Thoreau #Design #Good #Life

If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
Henry David Thoreau #Dreams #Life #Success

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau #Dreams

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
Henry David Thoreau #Dreams #Life

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Henry David Thoreau #Dreams #Friendship

Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams.
Henry David Thoreau #Dreams #Imagination #Life

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
Henry David Thoreau #Dreams #Life #Success

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
Henry David Thoreau #Environmental #God #Men

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
Henry David Thoreau #Experience #Life

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
Henry David Thoreau #Life #Power

There are old heads in the world who cannot help me by their example or advice to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself but I believe that it is in my power to elevate myself this very hour above the common level of my life.