13 Thoreau Quotes That Will Inspire You For Weeks

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Henry David Thoreau was an American writer and philosopher, who lived in the first half of the 1800s. He was a Transcendentalist, believing in the supremacy of insight and experience over logic.

His most famous book is “Walden”, and it details his experience of living two years, two months and two days in a cabin he built near the lake Walden, in Concord, Massachusetts.

His words are an inspiration to anyone looking to connect with nature, the inner self, and the purpose of life. These are some of his best quotes.

“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.”

“It is what a man thinks of himself that really determines his faith.”

“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”

“The world is but a canvas to our imagination.”

“My heart is forever inexperienced.”

“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.”

“Things do not change; we change.”

“The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.”

“Many men go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not a fish they are after.”

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”

“It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.”

“Being is the great explainer.”


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