Born: July 12, 1817
Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Died: May 6, 1862
Occupation: Author, Philosopher, and Poet
Profile: Best known for Walden.
Number of Quotes: 9
I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.
Our life is frittered away by detail... Simplify, simplify.
The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.
What is human warfare but just this; an effort to make the laws of God and nature take sides with one party.