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30 Inspirational Henry David Thoreau Quotes

30 Inspirational Henry David Thoreau Quotes
Henry David Thoreau, circa 1850

1- I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.

2- 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.

3- The smallest seed of faith is better than the largest fruit of happiness.

4- You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.

5- What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.

6- What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?

7-If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.

8- It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

9- True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.

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

11- Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.

12- Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.

13- Live your beliefs and you can turn the world around.

14- It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his fate.

15- Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.

16- If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.

17- Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.

18- The language of friendship is not words but meanings.

19- This world is but a canvas to our imagination.

20- The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.

21- An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.

22- What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.

23- The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.

24- In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.

25- That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.

26- I am sorry to think that you do not get a man’s most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.

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

28- I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.

29- In the long run, men hit only what they aim at. Therefore, they had better aim at something high.

30- It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?

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