Happy Birthday to Henry David Thoreau

by Gwen

Last week, we celebrated the birth of our nation and freedom. Today, we celebrate Henry David Thoreau’s Birthday, a man that knew all about carving your own path to freedom. Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817 in Concord, Mass. Our man Henry would be 193 today, which sort of makes me glad that he is no longer with us. Really, who wants to see a 193 year old?

Fast Facts that made Thoreau so cool that I named a dog after him-

He was an abolitionist and a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

“The law will never make men free; it is men who have got to make the law free. They are the lovers of law and order who observe the law when the government breaks it.”

He wrote ‘Civil Disobedience’ which inspired Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr. and others.

“I Heartily accept the motto, ‘That government is best which governs least”

He believed in Tax Resistance, basically meaning that if you don’t like what your government is doing, you shouldn’t pay taxes to support it.

He didn’t just write, he lived what he wrote and continues to inspire others.


He could even be funny at times.

“Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes.”

I recently reviewed a collection of Thoreau quotes, called Thumbing Through Thoreau.

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So Happy Birthday to someone that is always an inspiration to me, even after 193 years.

“Words do not lose their truth by time or misinterpretation, but stand unscathed longer than he who spoke them.”



5 Comments to “Happy Birthday to Henry David Thoreau”

  1. I love it! I have an old tattered index card w/a HDT quote that I keep in my desk drawer, about friendship. It's the gauge by which I measure how I'm treating the people closest to me. It's humbling and encouraging at the same time. Peace.

  2. I need more humbling yet encouraging in my life!

  3. Gwen – thanks for being one of over 20 bloggers who helped us celebrate Henry David Thoreau's birthday on July 12 – THANK YOU!


    Love your dog was named after Thoreau too 🙂

  4. I've always loved Thoreau. The quote on the card is one of my favorites!

  5. Well, Happy Birthday, HDT!!!

    Did you name your dog “Henry” or “Thoreau”? Love that you named a dog after him! Very cute idea. 🙂

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