Henry David Thoreau


“In wildness is the preservation of the world.”
– Walking



“Come let us roam the breezy pastures where the freest zephyrs blow batten on the oak tree’s rustle, and the pleasant insect bustle, dripping with the streamlet’s flow.”
– The Breeze‘s Invitation



“For many years I was the self-appointed inspector of snowstorms and rain-storms, and did my duty faithfully.”
– Walden



“Strange that so few ever come to the woods to see how the pine lives and grows and spires, lifting its evergreen arms to the light,–to see its perfect success.”
– The Maine Woods



“Each experience reduces itself to a mood in the mind.”
– Journal, June 6, 1857



“Give me the poverty that enjoys true wealth.”
– Walden



“I long for wildness, a nature which I cannot put my foot through…”
– Journal, June 22, 1853



“We need the tonic of wildness…We can never have enough of nature.”
– Walden



“The sea-shore is a sort of neutral ground, a most advantageous point from which to contemplate the world….There is naked Nature, inhumanly sincere, wasting no thought on man, nibbling at the cliffy shore where gulls wheel amid the spray.”
– Cape Cod



“Every day a new picture is painted and framed, held up for half an hour, in such lights as the Great Artist chooses, and then withdrawn, and the curtain falls.”
– Journal, January 7, 1852



“In dreams the links of life are united: we forget that our friends are dead; we know them as of old.”
– Journal, May 23, 1853



“But the humblest fungus betrays a life akin to our own. It is a successful poem in its kind.”
– Journal, October 10, 1858



“Each phase of nature, while not invisible, is yet not too distinct and obtrusive. It is there to be found when we look for it, but not demanding our attention. It is like a silent but sympathizing companion in whose company we retain most of the advantages of solitude…”
– Journal, November 8, 1858



“…it occurred to me that I had heard the dream of the toad.”
– Journal, October 26, 1853



“All that was ripest and fairest in the wildness and the wild man is preserved and transmitted to us in the strain of the wood thrush.”
– from Journal, June 22, 1853



“The bluebird carries the sky on his back.”
– Journal, April 3, 1852



“Every landscape which is dreary enough a certain beauty to my eyes, and in this instance its permanent qualities were enhanced by the weather.”
– Cape Cod



“As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.”
– from Walden



“The voice of nature is always encouraging.”
– Journal, March 18, 1858



“The wind that blows Is all that any body knows.”
– Men Say They Know Many Things



“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours..”
– from Walden



“The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the almshouse as brightly as from the rich man’s abode.”
– Walden



“…true art is but the expression of our love of nature.”
– Journal, October 9, 1857



“Silence is of various depths and fertility, like soil.”
– Journal, October 9, 1857



“Oh, could I catch the sounds remote Could I but tell to human ear — The strains which on the breezes float and sing the requiem of the dying year.”
– I Mark the Summer’s Swift Decline



“Do not despair of life. Think of the fox, prowling in a winter night to satisfy his hunger. His race survives; I do not believe any of them ever committed suicide.”
– Winter