Thursday, April 05, 2007

live simply

I recieved this quote today and would like to share it, thankyou dear friend.
It has a 'quiet' 'be strong' feel to me, when I read it, and we sometimes need that!



To Live Simply by William Henry Channing {1810-1884}

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;
to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony.

8 comments:

grannyfiddler said...

words to live by... as simply exquisite as the blossom above. thanks. happy Easter, lass

Michael said...

Indeed! Warms the heart to read it and surely it would keep one's soul to live it. Thanks for the piece, Claire.

clairesgarden said...

Grannyfiddler and Michael, glad to have shared it, happy easter to you both!

patsy said...

hi , just droped by for a look at your lovly photos.

peppylady said...

Nice words to live by short and sweet I shall copy it and put it on my fridge.

snappy said...

What a lovely poem Claire.I will copy it out and do a painting then put those words on it!

clairesgarden said...

David, glad you're enjoying your painting, my daughter is doing stuff for her exams, it takes up so much room!

Kerri said...

I like the way Grannyfiddler put it..exquisite words to match the beautiful bloom.
I found this quote and copied it not so long ago. They are perfect words to live by.
Thanks for bringing it to mind again.