Henry David Thoreau

1817 - 1862

A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on ability, facts, and life

I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on eternity and present

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

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau

A man is rich in proportion to the things he can afford to let alone.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on anxiety, day, future, improvement, meetings, past, present, time, and weather

In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too: to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and the future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on art, genius, laws, nature, observation, and rules

The Artist is he who detects and applies the law from observation of the works of Genius, whether of man or Nature. The Artisan is he who merely applies the rules which others have detected.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on citizenship, good, life, nature, sacred, strength, and world

What I have been preparing to say is this, in wildness is the preservation of the world . . . Life consists of wildness. The most alive is the wildest. Not yet subdued by man, its presence refreshes him. . . . When I would re-create myself, I seek the darkest wood, the thickest and most interminable and to the citizen, most dismal, swamp. I enter as a sacred place, a Sanctum sanctorum. There is the strength, the marrow, of Nature. In short, all good things are wild and free.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

Source: Walking, 1851

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on earth, immortality, people, and wisdom

How earthy old people become - mouldy as the grave! Their wisdom smacks of the earth. There is no foretaste of immortality in it. They remind me of earthworms and mole crickets.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on men

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If the fairest features of the landscape are to be named after men, let them be the noblest and worthiest men alone.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on life and mankind

Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.

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A Quote by Henry David Thoreau on body, common sense, facts, mind, perception, and thought

My facts shall be falsehoods to the common sense. I would so state facts that they shall be significant, shall be myths or mythologic. Facts which the mind perceived, thoughts which the body thought - with these I deal.

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)

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