symphonic


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 (1841)

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