Inspirational Quotes: Henry David Thoreau

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

 — Thoreau

You gotta love a good philosopher. Thoreau is one of the most noted of rabble-rousers writers for a reason.

How often do you let fear and intimidating thoughts get in your way?

When are you going to stop blocking your flow? Let that moment be now.

12 comments to Inspirational Quotes: Henry David Thoreau

  • Jen

    I love Henry David Thoreau he is one of my favorite inspirational person!

  • Koda

    Just wondering, does anyone know what story of his this quote is from?I'd love to keep reading.

  • Formavitae

    I really appreciate this quote. I’m going to write it down and hang it on my mirror.

    I’ve felt fear and intimidation before, but my (typically) high level of self-efficacy has overtaken their effects, in most instances. The challenge that has been most difficult for me to contend with is the lack of support and encouragement from those I would most expect to be in my corner--family/family types/”community”. That took me literally YEARS to accept and work through. I’ve finally learned to have some sort of peace about the situation. The one area where fear and intimidation have held me back is achieving optimum physical fitness and beauty. I don’t know why claiming that is so difficult for me. I am committed to working through it this year. I am a naturally pleasant-looking person of good intelligence, talent, and skills. Yet, I have such apprehension about allowing myself to “shine”. I’m working through that. I think part of me is afraid of myself in “full force”. And, I KNOW, another part of me doesn’t want to be perceived as a “show off” or someone who thinks they’re “superior”. I’m ready to let go, be free, and enjoy who I am. Reading blog fora such as this helps me move toward complete self-actualization.

  • Jacquie

    THAT IS MY FAVORITE QUOTE!!!!!!!!!!! I have it on a magnet, used it in my signature handle, everywhere (almost)! Posted on my desk now is "And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should" -- Desiderata.

  • Nia-Maya

    Thanks for the quote!! I have the magnet on my refrigerator as a daily reminder!!

  • Shermy

    I've always loved this quote! And when my english teacher in high school had us read Thoreau, I thought I'd discovered gold!!!