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Henry David Thoreau Facts

Henry David Thoreau was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state. (1817 – 1862)

Quotes by Henry David Thoreau

Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes.
Henry David Thoreau

Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
Henry David Thoreau

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
Henry David Thoreau

If I could not doubt, I should not believe.
Henry David Thoreau

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?
Henry David Thoreau

It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
Henry David Thoreau

It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.
Henry David Thoreau

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry David Thoreau

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
Henry David Thoreau

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.
Henry David Thoreau

Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
Henry David Thoreau

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
Henry David Thoreau

That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.
Henry David Thoreau

The heart is forever inexperienced.
Henry David Thoreau

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
Henry David Thoreau

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.
Henry David Thoreau

Things do not change; we change.
Henry David Thoreau

We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect.
Henry David Thoreau

We are not what we are, nor do we treat or esteem each other for such, but for what we are capable of being.
Henry David Thoreau

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aid, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn.
Henry David Thoreau

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.
Henry David Thoreau

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

What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
Henry David Thoreau

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
Henry David Thoreau

While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them. It has created palaces, but it was not so easy to create noblemen and kings.
Henry David Thoreau

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