quote by Henry David Thoreau

I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time. To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating. I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.

— Henry David Thoreau

Inspiring Walden Pond quotations

A field of water betrays the spirit that is in the air.

It is continually receiving new life and motion from above. It is intermediate in its nature between land and sky.

A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener.

So our prospects brighten on the influx of better thoughts. We should be blessed if we lived in the present always, and took advantage of every accident that befell us.

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.

Mistrust all enterprises that require new clothes.

Say what you have to say, not what you ought. Any truth is better than make-believe.

While some men believe in the infinite, some ponds will be thought to be bottomless.

No way of thinking or doing, however ancient, can be trusted without proof.

A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener.

Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poor-house.

It is remarkable how easily and insensibly we fall into a particular route, and make a beaten track for ourselves.

The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man's abode.

Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb nail.

For hours, in fall days, I watched the ducks cunningly tack and veer and hold the middle of the pond, far from the sportsman;... but what beside safety they got by sailing in the middle of Walden I do not know, unless they love its water for the same reason that I do.

A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener. So our prospects brighten . . .

Let every one mind his own business, and endeavor to be what he was made.

Many have believed that Walden reached quite through to the other side of the globe.

I am no more lonely than the loon in the pond that laughs so loud, or than Walden Pond itself. What company has that lonely lake,I pray?

[He] was always here to offer cups of good clear Walden Pond, or shout down the deep well of Shakespeare and listen, with satisfaction, for echoes. Here the lion and the hartebeest lay together, here the jackass became a unicorn.

I have hardly begun to live on Staten Island yet;

but, like the man who, when forbidden to tread on English ground, carried Scottish ground in his boots, I carry Concord ground in my boots and in my hat,--and am I not made of Concord dust? I cannot realize that it is the roar of the sea I hear now, and not the wind in Walden woods. I find more of Concord, after all, in the prospect of the sea, beyond Sandy Hook, than in the fields and woods.

It is never too late to give up our prejudices.

No way of thinking or doing, however, ancient, can be trusted without proof. ... Old deeds for old people, and new deeds for new.

White Pond and Walden are great crystals on the surface of the earth, Lakes of Light.... They are too pure to have a market value;they contain no muck. How much more beautiful than our lives, how much more transparent than our characters are they! We never learned meanness of them.

There is a vortex of energy at the bottom of Walden Pond.

That's where the inter-dimensional opening is. As people swim in Old Walden Pond, it soothes them, it renews them. It's a little bit like the pool in Cocoon - I suppose, any power spot is.

It happens from time to time in every complex and active society, that certain persons feel the complexity and insistence as a tangle, and seek freedom in retirement, as Thoreau sought at Walden Pond. They do not, however, in this manner escape from the social institutions of their time, nor do they really mean to do so; what they gain, if they are successful, is a saner relation to them.

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