In the long run men only hit what they aim at. Therefore, though they should fail immediately, they had better aim at something high.
Other Henry David Thoreau quotes:
Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
When it's time to die, let us not discover that we have never lived.
The moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.
All intelligences awake with the morning.
Time is like a handful of sand - the tighter you grasp it, the faster it runs through your fingers.
Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.
Men will lie on their backs, talking about the fall of man, and never make an effort to get up.
Friends... they cherish one another's hopes. They are kind to one another's dreams.
There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.
I can alter my life by altering my attitude. He who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers.