WISDOM QUOTES: from “Walden” (“Life in the woods”) by Henry David Thoreau

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From “Walden” by Henry David Thoreau:

  • “I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that 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.”

 

  • “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.”

 

  • “Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”

 

  • “The cost of a thing is the amount of what I will call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.” 

 

  • “We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by an infinite expectation of the dawn, which does not forsake us even in our soundest sleep. I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavour. It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.” 

 

  • “I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a new wearer of clothes.” 

 

  • “No man ever stood the lower in my estimation for having a patch in his clothes: yet I am sure that there is greater anxiety, commonly, to have fashionable, or at least clean and unpatched clothes, than to have a sound conscience.” 

 

  • “Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life? We are determined to be starved before we are hungry. Men say that a stitch in time saves nine, and so they take a thousand stitches today to save nine tomorrow.” 

 

  • “However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are. It looks poorest when you are richest. The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise.” 

 

  • “One farmer says to me, ‘You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make bones with;’ and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying his system with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.” 

 

  • “What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate.” 

 

  • “Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail.” 

 

  • “When we are unhurried and wise, we perceive that only great and worthy things have any permanent and absolute existence, that petty fears and petty pleasures are but the shadow of the reality.”

 

  • “A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. So our prospects brighten on the influx of better thoughts. We should be blessed if we lived in the present always, and took advantage of every accident that befell us.” 

 

  • “If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal- that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality. Perhaps the facts most astounding and most real are never communicated by man to man. The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.” 

Reference: https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/2361393-walden-or-life-in-the-woods?

 

 

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. I love them every one! thank you!

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    1. I find him so inspirational and wise, and resonates so closely to your posts as well! 🙂

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      1. goodness-that is a comment to tuck in my heart! I fail in his shadow, but to even be remotely likened to him is just sheer honor. Thank you so very much for filling my heart. love Michele

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  2. Honestly, it is true Michele!

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