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Henry David Thoreau Quotes
Sad Quotes by Henry David Thoreau

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

Related topics: Sad Feeling-Down Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Spiritual

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.
- Henry David Thoreau

The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.
- Henry David Thoreau

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.
- Henry David Thoreau


 

If misery loves company, misery has company enough.
- Henry David Thoreau

In human intercourse the tragedy begins,
not when there is misunderstanding about words,
but when silence is not understood.
- Henry David Thoreau

Those whom we can love, we can hate;
to others we are indifferent.
- Henry David Thoreau



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To a philosopher all news,
as it is called, is gossip,
and they who edit and read it
are old women over their tea.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

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

An unclean person is universally a slothful one.
- Henry David Thoreau

There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil
to one who is striking at the root.
- Henry David Thoreau

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.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

There is more of good nature than of good sense
at the bottom of most marriages.
- Henry David Thoreau

Every man casts a shadow;
not his body only, but his imperfectly mingled spirit.
This is his grief. Let him turn which way he will,
it falls opposite to the sun;
short at noon, long at eve. Did you never see it?
- Henry David Thoreau

If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house
with the conscious design of doing me good,
I should run for my life.
- Henry David Thoreau

I think that there is nothing, not even crime,
more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself
than this incessant business.
- Henry David Thoreau

The rarest quality in an epitaph is truth.
- Henry David Thoreau

'Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.
- Henry David Thoreau

Men have become the tools of their tools.
- Henry David Thoreau

After the first blush of sin, comes its indifference.
- Henry David Thoreau

Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste
the sky as well as the earth.
- Henry David Thoreau

It appears to be a law that you cannot have
a deep sympathy with both man and nature.
- Henry David Thoreau

The lawyer's truth is not Truth,
but consistency or a consistent expediency.
- Henry David Thoreau

The savage in man is never quite eradicated.
- Henry David Thoreau

We are always paid for our suspicion by finding what we suspect.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is an interesting question how far men
would retain their relative rank
if they were divested of their clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

While civilization has been improving our houses,
it has not equally improved
the men who are to inhabit them.
It has created palaces, but it was
not so easy to create noblemen and kings.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

If a man loses 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.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

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

If a man does not keep pace with his companions,
perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
- Henry David Thoreau

Be not merely good; be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

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

It is best to avoid the beginnings of evil.
- 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

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

Aim above morality.
Be not simply good,
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

As for doing good; that is one of the professions which is full.
Moreover I have tried it fairly and, strange as it may seem,
am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution.
- 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

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake,
not by mechanical aid, but by
an infinite expectation of the dawn.
- 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

Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

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

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

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
- Henry David Thoreau

There is danger that we lose sight of
what our friend is absolutely,
while considering what she is to us alone.
- 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

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

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

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

Being is the great explainer.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

The heart is forever inexperienced.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl:
it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

Do what you love.
Know your own bone;
gnaw at it, bury it, unearth it,
and gnaw it still.
- Henry David Thoreau

Simplify, simplify.
- Henry David Thoreau

The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do?
- Henry David Thoreau

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.
- Henry David Thoreau

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
- Henry David Thoreau

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

The greatest compliment that was ever paid me
was when one asked me what I thought,
and attended to my answer.
- Henry David Thoreau


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