Life has no smooth road for any of us;
and in the bracing atmosphere of a high aim
the very roughness stimulates the climber to steadier steps,
till the legend, over steep ways to the stars, fulfills itself.
W. C. Doane
What lies behind you and in front of you matters little
when compared to what lies within you.
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost;
that is where they should be.
Now put foundations under them.
Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, historian, and leading transcendentalist.
His best known book “Walden” reflects upon simple living in natural surroundings. His essay “Civil Disobedience” argues for individual resistance to civil government in opposition to an unjust state.
In painful experiences, you will see the seeds of opportunity.
Most importantly, nourish them.
In order to live freely and happily, you must sacrifice boredom.
That is not always an easy sacrifice.
Try not to become a man of success but a man of value.