Henry David Thoreau Quotes

It’s the beauty within us that makes it possible for us to recognize the beauty around us. The question is not what you look at but what you see.

Simplify your life. Don’t waste the years struggling for things that are unimportant. Don’t burden yourself with possessions. Keep your needs and wants simple and enjoy what you have. Don’t destroy your peace of mind by looking back, worrying about the past. Live in the present. Simplify!

Think for yourself, or others will think for you without thinking of you.

If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined…

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

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.

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

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately.

The only people who ever get anyplace interesting are the people who get lost.

Life isn’t about finding yourself; it’s about creating yourself. So live the life you imagined.

To have made even one person’s life a little better, that is to succeed.

Every oak tree started out as a couple of nuts who stood their ground.

Maturity is when all of your mirrors turn into windows.

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.

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

I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.

Dissent without action is consent.

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

I make myself rich by making my wants few.

If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.

The greatest tragedy in life is to spend your whole life fishing only to discover it was never fish that you were after.

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

Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.

I love Nature partly because she is not man, but a retreat from him. None of his institutions control or pervade her. There a different kind of right prevails. In her midst I can be glad with an entire gladness. If this world were all man, I could not stretch myself, I should lose all hope. He is constraint, she is freedom to me. He makes me wish for another world. She makes me content with this.

Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.