Henry David Thoreau ( American essayist, poet, and philosopher ) 12 July 1817 - 6 May 1862 Henry David Thoreau Quotes Every morning was a cheerful invitation to make my life of equal simplicity, and I may say innocence, with Nature herself. An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day. Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.