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Henry David Thoreau

Read through the most famous quotes from Henry David Thoreau

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.

— Henry David Thoreau

#give #give me #love #me #money

How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.

— Henry David Thoreau


One must maintain a little bittle of summer, even in the middle of winter.

— Henry David Thoreau

#summer #inspirational

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

— Henry David Thoreau

#look #matters #see #you

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.

— Henry David Thoreau

#regret #retrospect #inspirational

be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.

— Henry David Thoreau

#be-yourself #expression #yourself #idea

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.

— Henry David Thoreau


Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.

— Henry David Thoreau

#self-actualization #unrealized-potential #life

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

#usefulness #life

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.

— Henry David Thoreau

#built #castles #foundations #lost #need

About Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau Quotes

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I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man; wine is not so noble a liquor. Of all ebriosity who does not prefer to be intoxicated by the air he breathes?"

Social and political influence

Thoreau's political writings had little impact during his lifetime as "his contemporaries did not see him as a theorist or as a radical viewing him instead as a naturalist. A legend proposes that Thoreau refused to pay the five-dollar fee for a Harvard diploma.

Thoreau's books articles essays journals and poetry total over 20 volumes. His literary style interweaves close natural observation personal experience pointed rhetoric symbolic meanings and historical lore while displaying a poetic sensibility philosophical austerity and "Yankee" love of practical detail. 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.

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