Here are some of the most famous quotes by Henry D. Thoreau:
The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
When it is time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone.
Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.
All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning.
Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
Every man is the builder of a temple called his body.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them all.
Things do not change; we change.
Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
I say, beware of all enterprises that require new clothes, and not rather a wearer of new clothes.
Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.
Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping.
Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
The world is but a canvas to our imagination.
I heartily accept the motto, "That government is best which governs least"; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically.
Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
I had three chairs in my house; one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.
Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.
The universe is wider than our views of it.