“However mean your life is, meet it and live it; do not shun it and call it hard names. It is not so bad as you are.
It looks poorest when you are richest.
The fault-finder will find faults even in paradise. Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poorhouse.
The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the almshouse as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring.
I do not see but a quiet mind may live as contentedly there, and have as cheering thoughts, as in a palace.”
-Henry David Thoreau, Walden