How To Live (not merely exist . . . )
“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
Short of similar sentiments from Emerson and Thoreau, this is one of my favorite thoughts on how to live (and not merely exist).
I found it here (#6).