Henry David Thoreau Painting Illustration Quote Art PrintHenry David Thoreau Painting Illustration Quote Art Print

Original for sale : $333.00  |  Akashic Drips Print : $15

Featured Series: Imperishable Food for Thought by Keakahai. This series was inspired by writers and iconic figures who have given our society imperishable food for thought.


Henry David Thoreau’s Consciousness:

This artwork is made to help its viewers reflect upon the words of Thoreau as a daily reminder. There is not just one quote, but an accumulation of insight this writer reveals. To be reminded of just one quote, may be a shame to his collection of mind.


“If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies;
and so a man.” 

― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

“Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail. A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men.” 

― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

“Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resigns his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward.” 

― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

“If the injustice is part of the necessary friction of the machine of government, let it go, let it go: perchance it will wear smooth–certainly the machine will wear out… but if it is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then I say, break the law. Let your life be a counter-friction to stop the machine. What I have to do is to see, at any rate, that I do not lend myself to the wrong which I condemn.” 

― Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

“You think that I am impoverishing myself withdrawing from men, but in my solitude I have woven for myself a silken web or chrysalis, and, nymph-like, shall ere long burst forth a more perfect creature, fitted for a higher society.”—Journal, 8 February 1857


This artwork was created with ink, gouache and graphite on 100lb bristol layered on bristol for added effect.