Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

A word of advice from Thoreau

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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.

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Written by nevalalee

May 14, 2011 at 12:19 pm

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  1. Very impressive.

    Arthur

    May 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm

  2. It gets even better!

    At around 11:30 last night…I was drifting off to sleep when…

    Arthur

    May 14, 2011 at 8:57 pm

  3. “We are constantly invited to be who we are.”
    -H. D. Thoreau

    If that be true then I am a Chinese dumpling.

    Arthur

    May 15, 2011 at 11:01 pm


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