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The question is not what you look at, but what you see. ...
by Henry David Thoreau

The question is not what you look at, but what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

Related topics: Wisdom Life Human-Nature Psychology Perspective Open Insight

What is called genius is the
abundance of life and health.
- Henry David Thoreau

This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
- Henry David Thoreau

Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

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The man who is dissatisfied with himself, what can he do?
- Henry David Thoreau

Dreams are the touchstones of our character.
- Henry David Thoreau

How could youths better learn to live
than by at once trying the experiment of living?
- Henry David Thoreau

 

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation
and go to the grave with the song still in them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Our life is frittered away by detail... simplify, simplify.
- Henry David Thoreau

I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself,
than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
- Henry David Thoreau

Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.
- Henry David Thoreau

Every generation laughs at the old fashions,
but follows religiously the new.
- Henry David Thoreau

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence.
- Henry David Thoreau

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
- Henry David Thoreau

Not until we are lost
do we begin to understand ourselves.
- Henry David Thoreau

I have a great deal of company in the house,
especially in the morning when nobody calls.
- Henry David Thoreau

Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl:
it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.
- Henry David Thoreau

What you get by achieving your goals is not as important
as what you become by achieving your goals.
- Henry David Thoreau

I have always been regretting that
I was not as wise as the day I was born.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is what a man thinks of himself
that really determines his fate.
- Henry David Thoreau

The universe is wider than our views of it.
- Henry David Thoreau

It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.
- Henry David Thoreau

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake,
not by mechanical aid, but by
an infinite expectation of the dawn.
- Henry David Thoreau

Many men go fishing all of their lives
without knowing that it is not fish they are after.
- Henry David Thoreau

Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.
- Henry David Thoreau

Simplify, simplify.
- Henry David Thoreau

We should distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

Is the babe young? When I behold it,
it seems more venerable than the oldest man.
- Henry David Thoreau

Night is certainly more novel and less profane than day.
- Henry David Thoreau

Things do not change; we change.
- Henry David Thoreau

There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it
and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.
- Henry David Thoreau

You must live in the present,
launch yourself on every wave,
find your eternity in each moment.
- Henry David Thoreau

Truths and roses have thorns about them.
- Henry David Thoreau

Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.
- Henry David Thoreau

Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations.
For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.
- Henry David Thoreau

Books can only reveal us to ourselves,
and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside.
- Henry David Thoreau

Being is the great explainer.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you have built castles in the air,
your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
- Henry David Thoreau

I say beware of all enterprises that require new clothes,
and not rather a new wearer of clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth,
so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.
To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again.
To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over
the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
- Henry David Thoreau

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
- Henry David Thoreau

What old people say you cannot do,
you try and find that you can.
Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.
- Henry David Thoreau

It's not what you look at that matters,
it's what you see.
- Henry David Thoreau

We shall see but a little way if
we require to understand what we see.
- Henry David Thoreau

Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life
are not only not indispensable,
but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
- Henry David Thoreau

All this worldly wisdom was once
the unamiable heresy of some wise man.
- Henry David Thoreau

Nay, be a Columbus to whole new
continents and worlds within you,
opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
- Henry David Thoreau

If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right.
Men will believe what they see.
- Henry David Thoreau

To have done anything just for money
is to have been truly idle.
- Henry David Thoreau

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
- Henry David Thoreau

Could a greater miracle take place
than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?
- Henry David Thoreau

Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
- Henry David Thoreau

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.
Live the life you have imagined.
- Henry David Thoreau

What is once well done is done forever.
- Henry David Thoreau

When I hear music, I fear no danger.
I am invulnerable. I see no foe.
I am related to the earliest times, and to the latest.
- Henry David Thoreau

Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
- Henry David Thoreau

Live the life you've dreamed.
- Henry David Thoreau

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.
- Henry David Thoreau

That man is rich whose pleasures are the cheapest.
- Henry David Thoreau

The man who goes alone can start today;
but he who travels with another
must wait till that other is ready.
- Henry David Thoreau

An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.
- Henry David Thoreau

Be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you,
opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.
- Henry David Thoreau

We must walk consciously only part way toward our goal,
and then leap in the dark to our success.
- Henry David Thoreau

Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
- Henry David Thoreau

Every creature is better alive than dead,
men and moose and pine trees,
and he who understands it aright
will rather preserve its life than destroy it.
- Henry David Thoreau

Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity;
so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.
- Henry David Thoreau

The language of Friendship is not words, but meanings.
It is an intelligence above language.
- Henry David Thoreau

There is no remedy for love but to love more.
- Henry David Thoreau

The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest.
- Henry David Thoreau


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