Thursday, February 25, 2010

William Henry Channing!

I came across this beautiful quote again by William Henry Channing, from his 'Symphony:'
"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 listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common -- this is my symphony."

It is always amazing to me when half-formed and felt-but-unarticulated thoughts I have had appear before me in print just when they are needed. It is beautiful isn't it?

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