Thoreau was a prolific writer and is one of the most quoted American authors. His books, essays, and journals include poignant, poetic, provocative, and timeless observations on all manner of natural history and human nature. Here, you can explore Thoreau’s wisdom through quotations organized by topic. At the bottom of the page is a link to the Henry D. Thoreau Mis-Quotation Page for quotations that are often either misquoted or erroneously attributed to Thoreau.
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quotations misquoted or erroneously attributed to Henry D. Thoreau.
Please report errors to the Walden Woods Project’s Thoreau Institute Library.