Friday, December 10, 2010

To live content with small means; 
to seek elegance rather than luxury, 
and refinement rather than fashion; 
to be worthy, not respectable, 
and wealthy, not rich; 
to study hard, 
think quietly, 
talk gently, 
act frankly; 
to listen to stars and birds, 
to babes and sages with open heart; 
to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, 
await occasions, hurry never. 
In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden 
and unconscious, 
grow up through the common. 
This is to be my symphony.  
~William Henry Channing

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