To live content with small means;
To seek elegance rather than luxury,
And refinement rather than fashion;
To be worthy, not respectable, and wealthy, not, rich;
To study hard, think quietly,
To listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart;
To bear all cheerfully,
Do all bravely,
In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common.
This is my symphony.
— William Henry Channing
My Symphony was a favorite poem of Hetty Howland Robinson Green — The Richest Woman in America.