Author, philosopher, abolitionist, historian, naturalist and anarchist, Henry David Thoreau quotes paint a picture of a man who was passionate about a wide variety of social issues, an activist who was as talented in expressing his beliefs on paper as he was in living them. His most famous manuscript, Walden, was written during his years of solitude living on a pond in Massachusetts. Henry David Thoreau quotes condense society's complicated realities in a succinct and simple thought. One of the most beautifully written is "If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away".
The author's Journal, excerpted from The Thoreau you don't Know... (2009) by Robert Sullivan, page 87
Deeply in love with a woman named Ellen, whom his own brother John also loved, Henry David Thoreau penned this line in his journal in 1839. He later proposed to her in 1841, as did his brother, and both were rejected.