"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 quickly,
talk quietly, act frankly
To listen to stars and birds,
babes and sages, with open hearts
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