Tag Archives | Henry David Thoreau

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation.

Most men lead lives of quiet desperation. – Henry David Thoreau What does that mean? This is a slight misquote of what is in the book, but helps make it better understood for most people. And, given the age in which it was written, the word men should now be applied to all people. The […]

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Men are born to succeed, not fail.

Men are born to succeed, not fail. – Henry David Thoreau What does that mean? While some might feel this quote is overly optimistic, I believe it is exactly right. When we are born, we can do nothing. We can hardly breathe. We can’t feed ourselves unless something is put in our mouths. We’re a […]

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There is no remedy for love but to love more.

There is no remedy for love but to love more. – Henry David Thoreau What does that mean? This quote is about love. Deep and intense, possibly even romantic. While some might hide from love after a loss, this quote posits that the proper solution is more love. A remedy for something is a way […]

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It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau What does that mean? What do you see, or do you usually just look? It’s only human to not see everything. There is just too much to see and process, so our minds delete that which it believes to […]

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It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? – Henry David Thoreau What does that mean? This quote is straight to the point. It says that being busy isn’t enough. Even ants are busy. How many people do you know who are always busy? […]

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