Note to Self:

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Five Quotes from Henry David Thoreau

July 12, 1817 - May 6, 1862


“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”

“It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.”

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”


“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”

“Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.”

Yes, I said five quotes, but here's five more more...

“Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify.”

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined."

“Things do not change; we change.”

“Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.”

“One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.”

This is part of the Five Quotes series

Urban Simplicity


2 comments:

Jeffrey S. Cramer said...

For the record, Thoreau never wrote any of the following:

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”

“What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.”

“Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody else's idea of yourself should be.”

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you've imagined."

“One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.”

Joe George said...

Jeffery, thanks for taking the time to comment. The question that often comes to mind for me is not what a person didn't say but what they actually did say (how do we really know). Likely, many of the quotes floating around cyber-space are highly inaccurate. But nonetheless, some--I think--are good thoughts to ponder. Peace.