Walden – Chapter 18

I learned this, at least, by my experiment: that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. He will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal, and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings.

In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.

via Walden – Chapter 18.

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2 Responses to Walden – Chapter 18

  1. In the Stillness of Willow Hill says:

    Love it. Not so easy to do….but I’m working on it….which means that I’m learning to let go of control….and find the adventure one step beyond my comfort zone. Thanks for affirming my “success unexpected”.

  2. Love this! I was reading Thoreau just last night…he brings me a calm and makes me want to go lay under my sycamore trees 🙂

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