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My greatest skill in life has been to want but little

("Walden, or Life in the Woods")


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Any fool can make a rule, and every fool will mind it.
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. Glances of true beauty can be seen in the faces of those who live in true meekness.
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The boy gathers materials for a temple, and then when he is thirty, concludes to build a woodshed.
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The finest workers in stone are not copper or steel tools, but the gentle touches of air and water working at their leisure with a liberal allowance of time.
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Silence is the universal refuge, the sequel to all dull discourses and all foolish acts, a balm to our every chagrin, as welcome after satiety as after disappointment that background which the painter may not daub, be he master or bungler, and which, however awkward a figure we may have made in the foreground, remains ever our inviolable asylum, where no indignity can assail, no personality can disturb us.
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I have seen how the foundations of the world are laid, and I have not the least doubt that it will stand a good while.
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