Message in a Bottle from Henry David Thoreau

message in a bottle

Margutte starts now a series of passages, quoted from writers who lived in the past, conveying a message that can still be appreciated in the present.
The first is from Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862) from a book that was first published in 1854, exactly 160 years ago.

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
in Walden or Life in the Woods

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