portrait of Henry David Thoreau
Crayon portrait by Samuel Worcester Rouse (1854)

All archives
Previous Issue (11 July 2000) | Current month | Next Issue (13 July 2000)

Quotes of the Day for 12 July 2000 – Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau was born this day in 1817, here are four of my favorites from the sage of Walden Pond.

Van's signature

You will find an expanded profile, photo, additional biographical links, and all quotes from this author on the author's Notable Quotable page.

The quotes:

City life: millions of people being lonesome together.

The language of excitement is at best picturesque. You must be calm before you can utter oracles.

The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. What is called resignation is confirmed desperation.

Distrust any enterprise that requires new clothes.
     All from Henry David Thoreau

Do you see an error on this page? A typo, a character that is messed up, a misattribution? Please let us know!