“How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.” —Henry David Thoreau

12 thoughts on “Henry David Thoreau Quote

  1. Man knows what he’s talking about. If you want creative inspiration you need to live it before putting it on paper. Life takes precedence over all meaningful pursuits.

  2. That is a good way to put it. As the saying goes Life is so short. That is so true. Most people fail to do that because of obligations but hey, it is your life and you have every right to run it the way you want it.

  3. Living better and writing about it will do well than just writing without living it right. This quote is just on point.

  4. Wise words..writing about what one has experienced is better than writing about things we did not experience..

  5. “How vain it is to sit down to write when you have not stood up to live.”….what do you want to write about when you haven’t lived it? Nice one Toms

  6. To be able to stand behind what you have written so passionately about is a test of one’s true commitment to his or her beliefs. I do admit it is kind of difficult regarding certain situations, and to allow leeway could be seen as some sort of betrayal. People feel that in order to be quite effective in persuading people of what they believe in, they should not allow any kind of doubt to sway them from their cause.

  7. To stand up to live is to have achieved. So you are pretty right with this post, u must have achieved either positively or negatively to write. Thanks for sharing this nice quote.

  8. Indeed, vain it is when you just sit to write when I the real sense, you haven’t stand to live rightly. I concur with Henry David for this quote. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Writing about a thing should be after one has lived on that lane, unfortunately people this days just write friction and that’s it

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