Humorous Quotes attributed to Henry David Thoreau
1817-1862, American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist
- Any fool can make a rule, and every fool will mind it.
- As for the pyramids, there is nothing to wonder at in them so much as the fact that so many men could be found degraded enough to spend their lives constructing a tomb for some ambitious booby, whom it would have been wiser and manlier to have drowned in the Nile, and then given his body to the dogs.
- Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.
- City life is millions of people being lonesome together.
- I do not know how to distinguish between our waking life and a dream. Are we not always living the life that we imagine we are?
- I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- I have been breaking silence these twenty-three years and have hardly made a rent in it.
- I have lived some thirty-odd years on this planet, and I have yet to hear the first syllable of valuable or even earnest advice from my seniors.
- I have received no more than one or two letters in my life that were worth the postage.
- I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.
- I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
- If I seem to boast more than is becoming, my excuse is that I brag for humanity rather than for myself.
- If I repent of anything, it is very likely to be my good behavior.
- If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
- It requires nothing less than a chivalric feeling to sustain a conversation with a lady.
- Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.
- The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked what I thought, and attended to my answer.
- The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency.
- The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.
- There are nine hundred and ninety-nine patrons of virtue to one virtuous man.
- We worship not the Graces, nor the Parcae, but Fashion. She spins and weaves and cuts with full authority. The head monkey at Paris puts on a traveler's cap, and all the monkeys in America do the same.
- What does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook.
- What men call social virtues, good fellowship, is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter, which lie close together to keep each other warm.
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