Quotes of Henry Thoreau 
- A man is wise with the wisdom of his time only, and ignorant with its ignorance.True friendship can afford true knowledge. It does not depend on darkness and ignorance.
- That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.
- It takes two to speak the truth - one to speak and another to hear.
- Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without.
- Men have become the tools of their tools.
- What is peculiar in the life of a man consists not in his obedience, but his opposition, to his instincts. In one direction or another he strives to live a supernatural life.
- If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see.
- 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.
- Silence is the universal refuge, the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts, a balm to our every chagrin, as welcome after satiety as after disappointment...
- How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.
- Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but religiously follows the new.
- Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it.
- Cultivate the habit of early rising. It is unwise to keep the head long on a level with the feet.
- Time is but the stream I go fishing in. I drink at it, but while I drink I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is. It's thin current slides away, but eternity remains.
- The perch swallows the grub-worm, the pickerel swallows the perch, and the fisherman swallows the pickerel; and so all the chinks in the scale of being are filled.