The man who goes alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready.
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.
~ in Walden
Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.
~ in Walden
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root.
A man is rich in proportion of the number of things he can afford to let alone.
~ in Where I Lived, and What I Lived For
How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book!
~ in Reading
I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.
~ in Solitude
Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed and in such desperate enterprises? 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.
Moreover, any man more right than his neighbors constitutes a majority of one already.
~ in On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience
There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.
~ in Life Without Principle
As if you could kill time without injuring eternity.
Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.
That man is the richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.
There is no remedy for love but to love more.
The world is but a canvas to the imagination.
We should come home from adventures, and perils, and discoveries everyday with new experience and character.
What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.