Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts. He spent time as a school teacher after attending Harvard College but was dismissed for his refusal to administer corporal punishment. In 1845, wanting to write his first book, he moved to Walden Pond and built his cabin on land owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
He died of tuberculosis in 1862 at the age of 44.
Henry David Thoreau reflects on life, politics, and society in these two inspiring masterworks. In 1845, Thoreau moved to a cabin that he built with his own hands along the shores of Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Shedding the trivial ties that he felt bound much of huma...
In 1845, Henry David Thoreau moved into a cabin by Walden Pond. With the intention of immersing himself in nature and distancing himself from the distractions of social life, Thoreau sustained his retreat for just over two years. More popular than ever, “Walden” is ...
America’s greatest nature writer and a political thinker of international renown, Henry David Thoreau crafted essays that reflect his speculative and probing cast of mind. In his poems, he gave voice to his private sentiments and spiritual aspirations in the plain sty...
"Resistance to Civil Government" ("Civil Disobedience") is an essay by American transcendentalist Henry David Thoreau that was first published in 1849. In it, Thoreau argues that individuals should not permit governments to overrule or atrophy their consciences, and tha...
Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.
Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.
Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
Dwell as near as possible to the channel in which your life flows.
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but religiously follows the new.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.
It is never too late to give up your prejudices.
It is only when we forget our learning that we begin to know.
It’s not what you look at that matters; it’s what you see.
Many men go fishing all their lives, not knowing it is not fish they are after.
The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
The world is but a canvas to the imagination.
There is no remedy for love but to love more.
When we bring what is within out into the world, miracles happen.
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.