Here is life, an experiment to a great extent untried by me; but it does not avail me that they have tried it.
Henry David Thoreau
So easy is it, though many housekeepers doubt it, to establish new and better customs in the place of the old. You need not rest your reputation on the dinners you give.
Instead of singing, like the birds, I silently smiled at my incessant good fortune. As the sparrow had its trill, sitting on the hickory before my door, so I had my chuckle or suppressed warble which he might hear out of my nest.
It is remarkable how long men will believe in the bottomlessness of a pond without taking the trouble to sound it.
What is it that makes it so hard sometimes to determine whither we will walk? I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.
Not till we are completely lost or turned around, do we begin to find ourselves.