Henry David Thoreau Biography

Henry David Thoreau, Author
Occup.Author
FromUSA
BornJuly 12, 1817
Concord, Massachusetts, USA
DiedMay 6, 1862
Concord, Massachusetts, USA
CauseTuberculosis
Aged44 years
Henry David Thoreau was an American poet, theorist, and author who was born upon July 12, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts. He hailed from a household of modest methods, and also his moms and dads were John Thoreau, a pencil maker, and also Cynthia Dunbar, a homemaker. Henry was the third of four youngsters.

Thoreau's early education and learning was at the Concord Academy, where he presented extraordinary academic expertise. Later on, he participated in Harvard College, where he examined approach, literary works, and languages. However, he did not graduate because of economic restrictions. After leaving Harvard, Thoreau returned residence, where he began studying nature, math, and also other philosophical and also spiritual subjects.

In 1845, at the age of 28, Thoreau began his best-known endeavor when he chose to reside in a small cabin that he developed himself at Walden Fish pond, which lies near his hometown in Concord. His remain lasted 2 years, and his experiences there were recorded in his influential job, "Walden; or, Life in the Woods". Guide specifies on his approach of nature as well as of uniqueness, and also the basic life, which he deemed needed to discover oneself.

Thoreau was additionally an advocate for social reform, and his political essays include "Civil Disobedience", which was inspired by his time spent behind bars after he rejected to pay a poll tax obligation in objection of the Mexican War as well as enslavement. The essay was later on pointed out as a significant message by civil rights protestors such as Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, and Nelson Mandela.

Throughout his life, Thoreau was a close friend of fellow Transcendentalist authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Bronson Alcott. He also corresponded with luminaries of his time such as Walt Whitman as well as Harriet Beecher Stowe.

Thoreau's jobs continue to work as a significant influence on American writers, thinkers, as well as environmentalists. His observations on the human problem, consisting of the need for self-reliance, locating transcendence in nature, and civil disobedience, are still appropriate today. He passed away from tuberculosis on May 6, 1862, at the age of 44.

Our collection contains 191 quotes who is written / told by Henry, under the main topics: Motivational - Wisdom - Art - Dreams - Nature.

Related authors: Ralph Waldo Emerson (Philosopher), Nelson Mandela (Statesman), Philo (Philosopher), Martin Luther King Jr. (Minister), Walt Whitman (Poet), Carl Clinton Van Doren (Critic), Nathaniel Hawthorne (Novelist), Harriet Beecher Stowe (Author), Joseph Wood Krutch (Environmentalist)

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191 Famous quotes by Henry David Thoreau

Small: If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him s
"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away"
Small: To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their
"To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over their tea"
Small: Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them - Henry David Thoreau
"Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them"
Small: Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul - Henry David Thoreau
"Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul"
Small: Men have become the tools of their tools - Henry David Thoreau
"Men have become the tools of their tools"
Small: Men have a respect for scholarship and learning greatly out of proportion to the use they commonly serve - Hen
"Men have a respect for scholarship and learning greatly out of proportion to the use they commonly serve"
Small: Men are born to succeed, not to fail - Henry David Thoreau
"Men are born to succeed, not to fail"
Small: It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart it being much more sensitive - Henr
"It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive"
Small: It is too late to be studying Hebrew it is more important to understand even the slang of today - Henry David
"It is too late to be studying Hebrew; it is more important to understand even the slang of today"
Small: It is the greatest of all advantages to enjoy no advantage at all - Henry David Thoreau
"It is the greatest of all advantages to enjoy no advantage at all"
Small: It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man - Henry David Thoreau
"It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man"
Small: It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know - Henry David Thoreau
"It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know"
Small: It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious - Henry David Tho
"It is not part of a true culture to tame tigers, any more than it is to make sheep ferocious"
Small: It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? - Henry David Thoreau
"It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?"
Small: It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right - Henry David Thoreau
"It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right"
Small: It is never too late to give up our prejudices - Henry David Thoreau
"It is never too late to give up our prejudices"
Small: It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere
"It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are... than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise"
Small: In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is n
"In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood"
Small: Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without - Henry David Thoreau
"Ignorance and bungling with love are better than wisdom and skill without"
Small: If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see - Henry David Thoreau
"If you would convince a man that he does wrong, do right. Men will believe what they see"
Small: If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost that is where they should be. Now put the fou
"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"
Small: If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare thing
"If you can speak what you will never hear, if you can write what you will never read, you have done rare things"
Small: If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment - Henry David Thoreau
"If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment"
Small: If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another,
"If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law"
Small: If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagin
"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours"
Small: If misery loves company, misery has company enough - Henry David Thoreau
"If misery loves company, misery has company enough"
Small: If it is surely the means to the highest end we know, can any work be humble or disgusting? Will it not rather
"If it is surely the means to the highest end we know, can any work be humble or disgusting? Will it not rather be elevating as a ladder, the means by which we are translated?"
Small: I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark - Henry David Thoreau
"I put a piece of paper under my pillow, and when I could not sleep I wrote in the dark"
Small: I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude - Henry David Thoreau
"I never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude"
Small: I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude - Henry David Thoreau
"I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude"
Small: Be true to your work, your word, and your friend - Henry David Thoreau
"Be true to your work, your word, and your friend"
Small: Be not simply good - be good for something - Henry David Thoreau
"Be not simply good - be good for something"
Small: As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler solitude will not be solitude, poverty wil
"As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness"
Small: As in geology, so in social institutions, we may discover the causes of all past changes in the present invari
"As in geology, so in social institutions, we may discover the causes of all past changes in the present invariable order of society"
Small: As if you could kill time without injuring eternity - Henry David Thoreau
"As if you could kill time without injuring eternity"
Small: As for doing good that is one of the professions which is full. Moreover I have tried it fairly and, strange a
"As for doing good; that is one of the professions which is full. Moreover I have tried it fairly and, strange as it may seem, am satisfied that it does not agree with my constitution"
Small: As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the min
"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"
Small: Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it - Henry David Thoreau
"Any fool can make a rule, and any fool will mind it"
Small: An unclean person is universally a slothful one - Henry David Thoreau
"An unclean person is universally a slothful one"
Small: An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day - Henry David Thoreau
"An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day"
Small: All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man - Henry David Thoreau
"All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man"
Small: All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning -
"All men are children, and of one family. The same tale sends them all to bed, and wakes them in the morning"
Small: All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. Th
"All endeavor calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours toil. The fight to the finish spirit is the one... characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as finishers"
Small: Alas! how little does the memory of these human inhabitants enhance the beauty of the landscape! - Henry David
"Alas! how little does the memory of these human inhabitants enhance the beauty of the landscape!"
Small: Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something - Henry David Thoreau
"Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something"
Small: After the first blush of sin comes its indifference - Henry David Thoreau
"After the first blush of sin comes its indifference"
Small: A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint.
"A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting"
Small: A mans interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a to
"A man's interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town"
Small: A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone - Henry David Thoreau
"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone"
Small: A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a mans life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than
"A broad margin of leisure is as beautiful in a man's life as in a book. Haste makes waste, no less in life than in housekeeping. Keep the time, observe the hours of the universe, not of the cars"
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