Friday, January 12, 2007

to seek elegance rather than luxury

william henry channing wrote:

"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. "


  1. Beautiful words to live by!

  2. Amazing quote!
    I want to put it up in my classroom.

  3. Thank you for posting this! This is how my parents taught me to live, but I've never seen it so well summed up in a quote. I'm saving this one!


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