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Henry David Thoreau Quotes

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

Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe.

Category: Doubt

There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.

Category: Doubt

Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake.

Category: Dreams

If one advances confidently in the directions of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.

Category: Dreams

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

Category: Dreams

For many years I was a self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rainstorms and did my duty faithfully, though I never received payment for it.

Category: Duty

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

Category: Eccentricity

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?

Category: Editing And Editors

How could youths better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?

Category: Education

What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.

Category: Education

I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.

Category: Egotism

The heart is forever inexperienced.

Category: Emotions

The light which puts out our eyes is darkness to us. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.

Category: Enlightenment

In eternity there is indeed something true and sublime. But all these times and places and occasions are now and here. God himself culminates in the present moment and will never be more divine in the lapse of the ages. Time is but a stream I go a-fishing in. I drink at it, but when I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. Its thin current slides away but eternity remains.

Category: Eternity

Being is the great explainer.

Category: Existence