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: Art - Motivational - Nature - Wisdom - Life.

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

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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.
"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: Alas! how little does the memory of these human inhabitants enhance the beauty of the landscape!
"Alas! how little does the memory of these human inhabitants enhance the beauty of the landscape!"
Small: As if you could kill time without injuring eternity
"As if you could kill time without injuring eternity"
Small: Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence
"Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence"
Small: While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabi
"While civilization has been improving our houses, it has not equally improved the men who are to inhabit them. It has created palaces, but it was not so easy to create noblemen and kings"
Small: The savage in man is never quite eradicated
"The savage in man is never quite eradicated"
Small: There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of n
"There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature"
Small: To a philosopher all news, as it is called, is gossip, and they who edit and read it are old women over
"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: The lawyers truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency
"The lawyer's truth is not Truth, but consistency or a consistent expediency"
Small: The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest
"The squirrel that you kill in jest, dies in earnest"
Small: Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors
"Through our own recovered innocence we discern the innocence of our neighbors"
Small: Some are reputed sick and some are not. It often happens that the sicker man is the nurse to the sounde
"Some are reputed sick and some are not. It often happens that the sicker man is the nurse to the sounder"
Small: It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear
"It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear"
Small: Live your life, do your work, then take your hat
"Live your life, do your work, then take your hat"
Small: Live the life youve dreamed
"Live the life you've dreamed"
Small: If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has
"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: Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them
"Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them"
Small: The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water work
"The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time"
Small: I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lon
"I have never found a companion that was so companionable as solitude. We are for the most part more lonely when we go abroad among men than when we stay in our chambers. A man thinking or working is always alone, let him be where he will"
Small: Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined"
Small: An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day
"An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day"
Small: The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles
"The language of excitement is at best picturesque merely. You must be calm before you can utter oracles"
Small: The heart is forever inexperienced
"The heart is forever inexperienced"
Small: Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes
"Beware of all enterprises that require a new set of clothes"
Small: There are old heads in the world who cannot help me by their example or advice to live worthily and sat
"There are old heads in the world who cannot help me by their example or advice to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself; but I believe that it is in my power to elevate myself this very hour above the common level of my life"
Small: Being is the great explainer
"Being is the great explainer"
Small: Before printing was discovered, a century was equal to a thousand years
"Before printing was discovered, a century was equal to a thousand years"
Small: The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my
"The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer"
Small: All this worldly wisdom was once the unamiable heresy of some wise man
"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 mor
"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 t
"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: Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does
"Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling"
Small: Front yards are not made to walk in, but, at most, through, and you could go in the back way
"Front yards are not made to walk in, but, at most, through, and you could go in the back way"
Small: Friends... they cherish one anothers hopes. They are kind to one anothers dreams
"Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams"
Small: Faith never makes a confession
"Faith never makes a confession"
Small: Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe
"Faith keeps many doubts in her pay. If I could not doubt, I should not believe"
Small: Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good
"Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something"
Small: Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes
"Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes"
Small: Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves
"Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves"
Small: Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each others eyes for an instant?
"Could a greater miracle take place than for us to look through each other's eyes for an instant?"
Small: Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside
"Books can only reveal us to ourselves, and as often as they do us this service we lay them aside"
Small: Books are to be distinguished by the grandeur of their topics even more than by the manner in which the
"Books are to be distinguished by the grandeur of their topics even more than by the manner in which they are treated"
Small: Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations
"Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations"
Small: I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live
"I have learned, that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours"
Small: I have found that hollow, which even I had relied on for solid
"I have found that hollow, which even I had relied on for solid"
Small: I have been as sincere a worshipper of Aurora as the Greeks
"I have been as sincere a worshipper of Aurora as the Greeks"
Small: Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads
"Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads"
Small: Great men, unknown to their generation, have their fame among the great who have preceded them, and all
"Great men, unknown to their generation, have their fame among the great who have preceded them, and all true worldly fame subsides from their high estimate beyond the stars"
Small: Goodness is the only investment that never fails
"Goodness is the only investment that never fails"
Small: God reigns when we take a liberal view, when a liberal view is presented to us
"God reigns when we take a liberal view, when a liberal view is presented to us"
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