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Inspirational Quotes from Henry David Thoreau

Inspirational Quotes for Speeches

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Inspirational Quotes from Henry David Thoreau

Portrait of Henry David Thoreau

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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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