Jim's Favorite Famous Quote, Quip, Axiom, and Maxim Repository
Henry David Thoreau
Henry Thoreau
Henry David Thoreau.
BornJuly 17, 1817
Concord, Massachusetts
DiedMay 6, 1862
Concord, Massachusetts
American poet and essayist. Best known for Walden (1854) and the essay "Civil Disobedience" (1849). Also known for his involvement in the trancendentalist and abolitionist movements.

The repository contains 15 quotes from Henry David Thoreau.


As long as possible live free and uncommitted. It makes but little difference whether you are committed to a farm or the county jail.


The language of friendship is not words but meanings.


Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.


However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names.


Many go fishing all their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.


If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.


A man is rich in proportion to the things he can afford to let alone.


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.


We are more anixous to speak than to be heard.


It is only when we forget all our learning that we begin to know.


It takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.

Good and Evil

Goodness is the only investment which never fails.

Good and Evil

For every ten people who are clipping at the branches of evil, you’re lucky to find one who’s hacking at the roots.


There is no rule more invariable than that we are paid for our suspicions by finding what we suspect.

Success and Failure

Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.