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Henry David Thoreau Quotes

(1817-1862), American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.

Category: Ability

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

Category: Ability

The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do?

Category: Achievement

We do not learn by inference and deduction and the application of mathematics to philosophy, but by direct intercourse and sympathy.

Category: Action

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.

Category: Action

We seem but to linger in manhood to tell the dreams of our childhood, and they vanish out of memory ere we learn the language.

Category: Adulthood

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

Category: Advice

Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.

Category: Advice

The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.

Category: Age And Aging

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm

Category: Age And Aging

As for the pyramids, there is nothing to wonder at in them so much as the fact that so many men could be found degraded enough to spend their lives constructing a tomb for some ambitious booby, whom it would have been wiser and manlier to have drowned in the Nile, and then given his body to the dogs.

Category: Age And Aging

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.

Category: Age And Aging

Water is the only drink for a wise man.

Category: Alcohol And Alcoholism

The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.

Category: Animals

What is a country without rabbits and partridges? They are among the most simple and indigenous animal products; ancient and venerable families known to antiquity as to modern times; of the very hue and substance of Nature, nearest allied to leaves and to the ground.

Category: Animals