Saturday, November 9, 2013

Some Wisdom In The Altered Book

 This is a pretty simple page, just printed on patterned tissue paper and bordered with washi tapes.  It is a LOT of words, really good words, so I intentionally used a frilly font so you have to work a little to read it.
This is what it says:
"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, talk gently, act frankly...
To listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart...
To bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasions, hurry never...
In a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious, grow up through the common...
... this is to be my symphony."
William Henry Channing
Not a lot I can add to that!

11 comments:

Blessed Serendipity said...

Beautiful words and a beautiful book that you are making.

xo Danielle

Art and Sand said...

That is one of my favorite poems.

I have 2 different illustrated books of the poem.

I never thought about using it in an altered book, but I really like the idea.

DJAjewels said...

Beautiful ... no other words for it!
Irene

Jewels said...

Very nice K...

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Amen to this! Thanks for sharing Kathy.

oldgreymare said...

A second Amen <3

Annette said...

Your book is going to be so lovely when done. I love this page but admit I have trouble with the never hurry.

Maureen said...

Wow Kathy, you're right. That says it all. I only hope I can remember that sage advice.

Maureen said...

Wow Kathy, you're right. That says it all. I only hope I can remember that sage advice.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh, I really like this! I'm glad you shared it with us! Enjoy your day.

Annette said...

Such amazing words of wisdom. I do like that you intentionally made it hard to read.