Henry David Thoreau Quotes

For beauty, give me trees with the fur on.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Chesuncook" (1858) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 139, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
Should not every apartment in which man dwells be lofty enough to create some obscurity overhead, where flickering shadows may play at evening about the rafters?
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "House-Warming," Walden (1854).
Is it not singular that, while the religious world is gradually picking to pieces its old testaments, here are some coming slowly after, on the seashore, picking up the durable relics of perhaps older books, and putting them together again?
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, October 17, 1843, to Ralph Waldo Emerson, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, pp. 114-115, Houghton Mifflin (1906). Thoreau here refers to the selections from Asian religious texts known as the "Ethnical Scriptures" which he and others had been presenting in the Dial magazine.
Are not all finite beings better pleased with motions relative than absolute?
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. 285, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
All climates agree with brave Chanticleer. He is more indigenous even than the natives. His health is ever good, his lungs are sound, his spirits never flag.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 141, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
But I would say to my fellows, once for all, As long as possible live free and uncommitted. It makes but little difference whether you are committed to a farm or the county jail.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 93, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
To speak critically, I never received more than one or two letters in my life—I wrote this some years ago—that were worth the postage.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 104, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
With wisdom we shall learn liberality.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 120, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
My spirits infallibly rise in proportion to the outward dreariness. Give me the ocean, the desert, or the wilderness!
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Walking" (1862), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 228, Houghton Mifflin (1906).
One who knew how to appropriate the true value of this world would be the poorest man in it. The poor rich man! all he has is what he has bought.
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. 373, Houghton Mifflin (1906).