Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) wore many hats - poet, philosopher, surveyor - but he is best known as the author of Walden, an account of his 26 months in a cabin at Walden Pond.

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

If a man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music he hears, however measured or far away.

In the long run you hit only what you aim at. Therefore, though you should fail immediately, you had better aim at something high.

It is never too late to give up your prejudices.

It is not enough to be busy... the question is: what are we busy about?

Live your life as if every act were to become a universal law.

Man's capacities have never been measured, nor are we to judge of what he can do by any precedent, so little has been tried.Henry David Thoreau


The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.