Friday, October 17, 2008

'Familiar Quotations'

Today was the Fall library book sale. I never know what treasures I may find ~ almost without fail something good awaits.
Today I found Familiar Quotations by John Bartlett...
Here is one of the first quotes I came across; it's giving me a lot to think about...
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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.

"My Symphony" by William Henry Channing


29 comments:

  1. Great quote -- thanks for sharing!

    Georganna

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  2. Oh, I've been wanting an old copy of FQ. What a great find!

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  3. That is an amazing quote and oh so appropriate!

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  4. My yoga teacher shared that same quote this week!

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  5. Wonderful quote. It says it all, doesn't it??

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  6. That was beautiful.

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  7. That is so true and so timely! I think I'll have to print that one out to memorize.

    I love library book sales. Talk about your treasure troves!

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  8. Oh my what a beautiful quote. And so timely. It's funny how everything goes around and around.

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  9. "To live content with small means;
    to seek elegance rather than luxury, and refinement rather than fashion"

    that is awesome! thanks for sharing!

    God bless,
    Cathie

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  10. I needed to read that today. Thank you!

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  11. Jennifer7:55 PM

    Thank you for sharing that quote ... really brought things back to a manageable level of understanding for me.
    Smiles, Jen

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  12. I love quotes. That one is certainly one to ponder. I don't get around to my blogs regularly anymore. New marriage, new business, teenagers! and still trying to get some craft time in makes it hard to get to everyone. As a result, I didn't know about your dad and I hope he's feeling much better. My prayers are added to the mix.

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  13. I love the quote. Beautiful.

    God bless.

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  14. That is good food for thought! Thank you for sharing!

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  15. sarah3:45 PM

    i like that

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  16. A good one to "chew" on for a while.
    blessings,
    Niki

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  17. I'm going to add that one to my Book of Favorites. Thanks for sharing, Deb.

    Jody

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  18. Wonderful quote!

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  19. A book of quotes would have been the best find ever for me at the book sale :-)
    I'm having a little blog giveaway Deb if you'd like to enter :-)

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  20. What a nice find. I've always enjoyed that quote.

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  21. Love this quote!

    peace,
    amy

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  22. What a great find! I love that quote! Thank you for sharing it!

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  23. A lovely quote, Deb. I'm hosting my very first, huge, combo-family Thanksgiving and I will use part, if not all, of the quote in my invitations.
    Always inspired by your current projects.
    Thanks,
    GiddyKnitter

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  24. Thank you for the quote. It is the way we strive to live. Sometimes life doesn't let that happen. A reminder to get back to that is timely.
    I just read you post in the winter Artful Blogging. Congratulations! I really enjoyed it. I'm enjoying your blog also and have added it to my blog roll.
    Thank you.
    Debbie

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  25. One of my "favorites" of all time. Thanks for blessing me today :o)

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  26. Beautiful quote and a lovely find! Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!

    Smiles...

    Beverly

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  27. This is one of my favorite books! I've got two copies. I used to sit for hours when I was younger and just go through it page by page. It's a treasure everyone should have.

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  28. Dear Deb,

    That is a beautiful quote! Thank you for sharing!
    Blessings, Paula

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