Saturday, June 11, 2011

get your living by loving

The great art of life is how to turn the surplus life of the soul into life for the body - 
so that life be not a failure... 

If I should sell both my forenoons and afternoons to society, 
as most appear to do, 
I am sure that for me there would be nothing left worth living for.  

I trust that I shall never thus sell my birthright for a mess of pottage.  
I wish to suggest that a man may be very industrious, and yet not spend his time well.  
There is no more fatal blunderer than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting his living.  

All great enterprises are self-supporting.  
The poet, for instance, must sustain his body by his poetry, 
as a steam planing mill feeds its boiler with the shavings it makes.  
You must get your living by loving.

~ Henry David Thoreau
from his journal, March 13, 1853
art by roderick maclver


Olivia Brown said...

Smiling Heart, I look at your posts nearly every day, and notice your absences too. Each time you post the universe speaks to me and addresses exactly what is present in my mind/life. Thanks you so much for the Beauty we Love.

smilingheart said...

Hi Olivia,

Thanks for your comment. The sharing seems to be a spontaneous response to seeing something of special beauty. I'm pleased that they resonate with you also.