Henry David Thoreau on Belief

Everyone must believe in something. I believe I’ll go canoeing.

Commonly misattributed to Henry David Thoreau

4 responses to “Henry David Thoreau on Belief”

  1. Jeffrey S. Cramer Avatar

    Sorry to tell you but Thoreau never wrote: “Everyone must believe in something. I believe I’ll go canoeing.” It is a mis-attribution circulating on the Internet. Great quotation, just not Thoreau’s.– Jeffrey S. Cramer, editor of THE QUOTABLE THOREAU.

  2. Brent Logan Avatar

    Well, shoot! Everyone on the Internet attributes this quote to Thoreau and Snopes doesn’t disagree, but who am I to disagree with you? I have noted the misattribution in the cite. I also deleted my tweet of the quote in my attempt to make the Internet just a little smarter.

    I guess Abraham Lincoln said it best: “The trouble with quotes on the Internet is that you can never know if they are genuine.” ;-)

    Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Nancy Condon Avatar
    Nancy Condon

    Who then is the originator of this wonderful quote if not Thoreau?

  4. Brent Logan Avatar

    If I knew, I’d tell you. Unfortunately, I can’t find the real source.

    And if it were a real Henry David Thoreau quote, I’d expect Henry David Thoreau Quotations Search at walden.org to include it.