It is not what you look at, but what you see.

Henry Thoreau


Henry David Thoreau (born David Henry Thoreau; July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862)was an American author, poet, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, philosopher, and leading transcendentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay, Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.

2 Responses to “It is not what you look at, but what you see.”

  1. Can anyone give me any good Henry David Thoreau quotes? | Famous Philosophers Says:

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    • Jonjo Powers Says:

      Here are a few Thoreau quotes I enjoy:

      “The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life that is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the future.”

      “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”

      “The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.”

      “I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude.”

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