Nine Quotes by Henry David Thoreau on Living in the Present

Henry David Thoreau - To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.

  1. “To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.”

  2. “You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”

  3. “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.”

  4. “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.”

  5. “If we will be quiet and ready enough, we shall find compensation in every disappointment.”

  6. “There is no value in life except what you choose to place upon it and no happiness in any place except what you bring to it yourself.”

  7. “We are as much as we see. Faith is sight and knowledge. The hands only serve the eyes.”

  8. “However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names.”

  9. “You ask particularly after my health. I suppose that I have not many months to live; but, of course, I know nothing about it. I may add that I am enjoying existence as much as ever, and regret nothing.” (His last letter, 31 March 1862)

– Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)

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