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William Henry Channing’s Symphony

May 18, 2009

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 listen to stars and birds, babes and sages, with open heart; to study hard; to think quietly, act frankly, talk gently, await occasions, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common—this is my symphony.


William Henry Channing

This quote by William Henry Channing grew in popularity after Arthur Brisbane, one of the best-known newspaper editors of the twentieth century, used it in his syndicated editorial column in the Hearst newspapers. Here is Brisbane’s commentary on Channing’s quote.


This means to realize to the full the possibilities of life. Contentment means ABSENCE OF WORRY. It is only when free from worry that the brain can act normally, up to its highest standard. The man content with small means does his best work, devotes his energies to that which is worth while, and not to acquiring that which (more…)