by Henry David Thoreau
Find the perfect quote to float your boat. Shmoop breaks down key quotations from Walden.
Man and the Natural World Quotes
Let us spend one day as deliberately as Nature, and not be thrown off the track by every nutshell and mosquito's wing that falls on the rails. (Where I Lived.22)
Life, Consciousness, and Existence Quotes
Most men, even in this comparatively free country, through mere ignorance and mistake, are so occupied with the factitious cares and superfluously coarse labors of life that its finer fruits cannot...
Society and Class Quotes
Most of the luxuries, and many of the so-called comforts of life, are not only not indispensable, but positive hinderances to the elevation of mankind. (Economy.19)
It is never too late to give up our prejudices. No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof. (Economy.10)
I had this advantage, at least, in my mode of life, over those who were obliged to look abroad for amusement, to society and the theater, that my life itself was become my amusement and never cease...
The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. (Economy.9)
Visions of America: Antebellum Period Quotes
I sometimes wonder that we can be so frivolous, I may almost say, as to attend to the gross but somewhat foreign form of servitude called Negro Slavery, there are so many keen and subtle masters th...
Technology and Modernization Quotes
[Man] has no time to be anything but a machine. (Economy.6)