Henry David Thoreau Quotes

As long as there is satire, the poet is, as it were, particeps criminis.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 328, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
I wished only to be set down in Canada, and take one honest walk there as I might in Concord woods of an afternoon.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "A Yankee in Canada" (1853), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 3, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
I had a classmate who fitted for college by the lamps of a lighthouse, which was more light, we think, than the University afforded.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Cape Cod (1855-1865), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 171, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
But, commonly, men are as much afraid of love as of hate.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Essay on "Love" in letter, September 1852, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 203, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
Do not engage to find things as you think they are.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, August 9, 1850, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 186, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
We never conceive the greatness of our fates.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, June 20, 1843, to Lidian Jackson Emerson, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 88, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
Men will tell you sometimes that "money's hard." That shows it was not made to eat, I say.... Some of those who sank with the steamer the other day found out that money was heavy too.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, November 16, 1857, to Harrison Blake, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 318, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
A thoroughbred business man cannot enter heartily upon the business of life without first looking into his accounts.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Paradise (To Be) Regained" (1843), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 283, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
Give me the poverty that enjoys true wealth.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Ponds," Walden (1854).
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden, "Where I Lived, and What I Lived For," (1854).