Authors - Henry David Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 - May 6, 1862) 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. - Wikipedia
Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.
It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
Nature, even when she is scant and thin outwardly, satisfies us still by the assurance of a certain generosity at the roots.
In the long run, you only hit what you aim at.
Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.
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.
All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts; but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates.
Any fool can make a rule.
To be awake is to be alive.
I went out to the country so i could examine the simple things in life.
We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal, and then leap in the dark to our success.
Men are born to succeed, not fail.
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
It is not what you look at, but what you see.
It is a characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.
In wildness is the preservation of the world.
However mean your life is, meet it and live it: do not shun it and call it hard names. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. God will see that you do want society.
How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book.
It is never too late to give up your prejudices.
He enjoys true leisure who has time to improve his soul's estate.
Most are engaged in business the greater part of their lives, because the soul abhors a vacuum and they have not discovered any continuous employment for man's nobler faculties.
The character inherent in the American people has done all that has been accomplished; and it would have done somewhat more, if the government had not sometimes got in its way.
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.
Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet.
To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?
The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.
What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.
In our society leaving baby with Daddy is just one step above leaving the kids to be raised by wolves or apes.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
What is called genius is the abundance of life and health.
I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
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.
The bluebird carries the sky on his back.
Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
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.
It's hard to beat somebody when they don't give up
'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.
Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end.
Men are born to succeed, not to fail.
Things do not change; we change.
We must have infinite faith in each other. If we have not, we must never let it leak out that we have not.
This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is in prison.
To regret deeply is to live afresh.
The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat ourselves nor one another thus tenderly.
Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.
The language of friendship is not words but meanings.
Almost every wise saying has an opposite one, no less wise, to balance it.
Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
Men have become the tools of their tools.