How can any man be weak who dares to be at all?
— Henry David Thoreau
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Henry David Thoreau was an American poet, philosopher, and essayist. Born in 1817, he became a leading transcendentalist and is best known for his book Walden, which reflects on simple living and the natural environment.
Thoreau’s commitment to nature and the environment continue to have a profound impact on the way we see the world around us today.
Another of his essays, on “Civil Disobedience,” put forward his ideas on anarchism, tax resistance, and conscientious objection. His commitment to the abolition of slavery even influenced notable figures like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.
These are the best Henry David Thoreau quotes to motivate you to get back to nature, reflect on yourself, and make the world a better place however you can.
Henry David Thoreau Quotes
I hope you’ve enjoyed this collection of Henry David Thoreau quotes! Whatever the season, I hope you’ll be inspired to get outside and back to nature.
— Quincy Seale
Quincy is KIM's lead editor and content writer, and has invested in online properties since 2009. Quincy holds an MBA from the University of Dundee and an MSc from the University of Edinburgh, and lives in San Antonio with his wife Natalie and his dog Oban. When not working on KIM, he enjoys traveling, poker, and anything related to crypto.