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Inspirational Quotes from Henry David Thoreau

Inspirational Quotes for Speeches


These quotes from Henry David Thoreau would be great additions to graduation or other classroom speeches. Use these in conjunction with themes and speech writing techniques.
  • Do not worry if you have built your castles in the air. They are where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

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

  • How can any man be weak who dares to be at all?

  • If a man constantly aspires is he not elevated?

  • A truly good book teaches me better than to read it. I must soon lay it down, and commence living on its hint. What I began by reading, I must finish by acting.

  • It is the greatest of all advantages to enjoy no advantage at all.

  • It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.

  • Men are born to succeed, not to fail.

  • Nay, be a Columbus to whole new continents and worlds within you, opening new channels, not of trade, but of thought.

  • Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.

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