Henry David Thoreau Quotes

I had three chairs in my house: one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.

Our life is frittered away by detail… Simplify, simplify.

Silence is the universal refuge, the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts, a balm to our every chagrin, as welcome after satiety as after disappointment.

In human intercourse the tragedy begins, not when there is misunderstanding about words, but when silence is not understood.

Tis healthy to be sick sometimes.

I lose my respect for the man who can make the mystery of sex the subject of a coarse jest, yet when you speak earnestly and seriously on the subject, is silent.

Every man will be a poet if he can; otherwise a philosopher or man of science. This proves the superiority of the poet.

I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.

The poet is a man who lives at last by watching his moods. An old poet comes at last to watch his moods as narrowly as a cat does a mouse.

The works of the great poets have never yet been read by mankind, for only great poets can read them.