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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.

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William Ellery Channing

Dr. William Ellery Channing (April 7, 1780 - October 2, 1842) was the foremost Unitarian preacher in the United States in the early nineteenth century and, along with Andrews Norton, one of Unitarianism's leading theologians

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    Mit kleinen Mitteln zufrieden zu leben, Eleganz statt Luxus zu suchen, Raffinesse statt Mode, würdig zu sein, nicht respektabel, und wohlhabend, nicht reich, hart zu studieren, leise zu denken, sanft zu sprechen, offen zu handeln, den Sternen und Vögeln zuzuhören, Babys und Weisen, mit offenem Herzen, alles fröhlich zu ertragen, mutig zu handeln, auf Gelegenheiten zu warten, niemals zu hetzen, kurz gesagt, das Spirituelle, unerbetene und unbewusst wachsen zu lassen durch das Gemeinsame, das soll meine Symphonie sein.

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