Aphorisms Galore!

Henry David Thoreau

American author; b. 1817; d. 1862

Aphorisms Attributed to This Aphorist

tiny.ag/iufy8ewr  ·   Fair (739 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

I should not talk so much about myself were there anybody else whom I knew as well.

Henry David Thoreau, Walden, in Vice and Virtue

tiny.ag/jf8fhnam  ·   Fair (265 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

It is characteristic of wisdom not to do desperate things.

Henry David Thoreau, in Wisdom and Ignorance

tiny.ag/tzsry6n4  ·   Fair (265 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Men have become the tools of their tools.

Henry David Thoreau, in Work and Recreation

tiny.ag/ih24x6bn  ·   Fair (258 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait until that other is ready.

Henry David Thoreau, in Work and Recreation

tiny.ag/cjhepgxr  ·   Fair (278 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison.

Henry David Thoreau, in Law and Politics

tiny.ag/bungm82p  ·   Fair (264 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Goodness is the only investment that never fails.

Henry David Thoreau, in Vice and Virtue

tiny.ag/uetklpkx  ·   Fair (260 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power of the greatest obstacle.

Henry David Thoreau, in Success and Failure

tiny.ag/un7qhxcv  ·   Fair (344 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.

Henry David Thoreau, in Happiness and Misery