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Henry David Thoreau Quotes

I hope you find these Motivational Henry David Thoreau Quotes useful in achieving your personal and career goals in life.

Could a greater miracle take place
than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
- Henry David Thoreau

Related topics: Spiritual Inspirational Unity Oneness Empathy

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

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

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

 

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- 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

If one advances confidently
in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live
the life which he has imagined,
he will meet with success
unexpected in common hours.
- Henry David Thoreau


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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

Only he is successful in his business who makes that pursuit
which affords him the highest pleasure sustain him.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
- Henry David Thoreau

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence.
- Henry David Thoreau

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
- 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

Live the life you've dreamed.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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

Do not hire a man who does your work for money,
but him who does it for love of it.
- Henry David Thoreau

All endeavor calls for the ability
to tramp the last mile,
shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil.
The fight to the finish spirit is the one...
characteristic we must posses
if we are to face the future as finishers.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

If you advance confidently in the direction of your dreams
and endeavor to leave the life which you have imagined,
you will you will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
- 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

Nay, be a Columbus to whole new
continents and worlds within you,
opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
- Henry David Thoreau

I have learned, that if one advances confidently
in the direction of his dreams,
and endeavors to live the life he has imagined,
he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
- Henry David Thoreau

What old people say you cannot do,
you try and find that you can.
Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.
- Henry David Thoreau

Be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you,
opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
- Henry David Thoreau

Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right.
Men will believe what they see.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is not desirable to cultivate
a respect for the law,
so much as for the right.
- Henry David Thoreau

We shall see but a little way if
we require to understand what we see.
- Henry David Thoreau

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

I did not wish to take a cabin passage,
but rather to go before the mast
and on the deck of the world,
for there I could best see
the moonlight amid the mountains.
I do not wish to go below now.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself,
than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
- Henry David Thoreau

Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
- Henry David Thoreau

What is once well done is done forever.
- Henry David Thoreau

Books can only reveal us to ourselves,
and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
- Henry David Thoreau

To have done anything just for money
is to have been truly idle.
- Henry David Thoreau

Front yards are not made to walk in, but, at most, through,
and you could go in the back way.
- Henry David Thoreau

I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes,
and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify.
- Henry David Thoreau

Truths and roses have thorns about them.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

Friends... they cherish one another's hopes.
They are kind to one another's dreams.
- Henry David Thoreau

Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.
- Henry David Thoreau

No face which we can give to a matter
will stead us so well at last as the truth.
This alone wears well.
- Henry David Thoreau

We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
- Henry David Thoreau

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

If it is surely the means to the highest end we know,
can any work be humble or disgusting?
Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder,
the means by which we are translated?
- Henry David Thoreau

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

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

It is never too late to give up our prejudices.
- Henry David Thoreau

Nothing makes the earth seem so spacious
as to have friends at a distance;
they make the latitudes and the longitudes.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
- Henry David Thoreau

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
- Henry David Thoreau

When I hear music, I fear no danger.
I am invulnerable. I see no foe.
I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
- Henry David Thoreau

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
- Henry David Thoreau

We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
- Henry David Thoreau

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

The perception of beauty is a moral test.
- Henry David Thoreau

Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau


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