Henry David Thoreau Quotes (Author of Walden)
Henry David Thoreau. We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us even in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts. Back to Words Of Wisdom. Photo from: rf.
In high school, I remember an event held at a local nature preserve that forever changed the way that I thought about living. Perhaps that was the moment I discovered the value of time and—similarly—the value of life. The unfortunate thing is that, while most people are alive, very few people are living. Instead, they move forward in the same direction as everyone else standing in the same lines, checking the same boxes, living life in a state of default. But is that really what life is about?
Explanation of the famous quotes in Walden, including all important speeches, It sums up the prophetic side of Thoreau that many people forget about; he was not just an CHARACTERS; Henry David Thoreau: Character Analysis.
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The original source for this quotation, often attributed to Thoreau, has not been identified. Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it comes and sits softly on your shoulder. This quotation, erroneously attributed to both Thoreau and Nathaniel Hawthorne, was written by the social worker, author and speaker, J. Richard Lessor. As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again.
In all perception of the truth there is a divine ecstasy, an inexpressible delirium of joy, as when a youth embraces his betrothed virgin. What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook. Early in the morning, while all things are crisp with frost, men come with fishing-reels and slender lunch, and let down their fine lines through the snowy field to take pickerel and perch; wild men, who instinctively follow other fashions and trust other authorities than their townsmen, and by their goings and comings stitch towns together in parts where else they would be ripped. They sit and eat their luncheon in stout fear-naughts on the dry oak leaves on the shore, as wise in natural lore as the citizen is in artificial.