external image HolyCross300.jpgMy Philosophy Statement
I want to be a light to those who can not find the way. I want to live my life to the fullest and do as much as I can to help myself and others while I am here. I want to follow Christ in everything I do and make myself to resemble him. I believe nature was created by the Lord and I want to respect and fully admire its majesty. I want to see as much of the world as I can so I can fully admire the beautiful planet the Lord made for us. I want to be able to find the best in people and see beauty where there appears to be an absence of it. I want to love all people whether they are my friends or my enemies because people are inherently good and I should seek this out in all people.

My Mosaic Poem

So live, that when thy summons comes to join,
Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon, but, sustained and soothed,
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave,
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch,
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams,

Renew thyself completely each day;
Do it again, and again,
And forever again.

Think always of what good shall I do this day,
Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly,
If you speak, speak accordingly.
Wrong none by doing injuries,
Or omitting the benefits that are your duty.
Be not disturbed at trifles,
Or at accidents common or unavoidable,

Why should we live with such hurry and waste of life?
We are determined to be starved before we are hungry.
Men say that a stitch in time saves nine,
So they take a thousand stitches today,
To save nine tomorrow.

external image 1498334923_63631fd2b5.jpg?v=0Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in.
I drink at it; but while I drink I see the sandy bottom,
And detect how shallow it is.
Its thin current slides away,
But eternity remains.
I would drink deeper;
Fish in the sky,
Whose bottom is pebbly with stars.
In good health,
The air is a cordial of incredible virtue.

Let us spend one day as deliberately as Nature,
I wish to live deliberately,
To front only the essential facts of life,
And see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
And not, when I came to die,
Discover that I had not lived.
I did not wish to live what was not life,
Living is so dear.
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To be awake is to be alive.
I have never yet met a man,
who was quite awake.
I must learn to reawaken,
And keep ourselves awake,
By an infinite expectation of the dawn,
Which does not forsake us,
In our soundest sleep.

I know of no more encouraging fact,
Than the unquestionable ability of man,
To elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.

It is easy in the world,
To live after the world's opinion;
It is easy in solitude,
To live after our own;
But the great man is he,
Who in the midst of the crowd keeps,
With perfect sweetness,
The independence of solitude.
The rights of conscience,
We never submitted,
We could not submit.
We are answerable for them,
To our God.

I become a transparent eye-ball;
I am nothing; I see all;
The currents of the Universal Being circulate through me;
I am part or particle of God.
I am the lover of uncontained and immortal beauty.

external image jesus111007_468x591.jpgGlorify God and enjoy him forever,
Pray, pray, pray, pray,
If I will pray,
Jesus will help me.
Imitate Jesus.

I strive to win people heavenward,
By mild, persuasive influences,
Rather than to drive them thither,
By the thunders of the Word.

Its effect is like that of a higher thought,
Or a better emotion coming over me,
When I deemed I was thinking justly or doing right,
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The rays that come from those heavenly worlds,
Will separate between me and what I touch,
The sun illuminates only the eye of the man,
But shines into the eye,
And the heart of the child.

The lover of nature is he,
Whose inward and outward senses,
Are still truly adjusted to each other;
Who has retained the spirit of infancy,
Even into the era of manhood.
His intercourse with heaven and earth,
Becomes part of his daily food.
In the presence of nature,
A wild delight runs through the man,
In spite of real sorrows.

external image stars.jpgThe stars awaken a certain reverence,
Because though always present,
They are inaccessible;
But all natural objects make a kindred impression,
When the mind is open to their influence.
Nature never wears a mean appearance.

Neither does the wisest man extort her secret,
And lose his curiosity,
By finding out all her perfection.
Nature never became a toy to a wise spirit.
The flowers, the animals, the mountains,
Reflected the wisdom of his best hour,
As much as they had delighted,
The simplicity of his childhood.


There are none happy in the world,
But beings who enjoy freely a vast horizon,
But none of them owns the landscape.
There is a property in the horizon,
Which no man has,
But he whose eye can integrate all the parts,

In the woods,
Is perpetual youth.
Within these plantations of God,
A decorum and sanctity reign,
A perennial festival is dressed,
And the guest sees not,
How he should tire of them in a thousand years.

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In the woods,
I can be honest if I only try,

I return to reason and faith.
There I feel that nothing can befall me in life,
No disgrace, no calamity, leaving me my eyes,
Which nature cannot repair.
Standing on the bare ground,
My head bathed by the blithe air,
And uplifted into infinite space,
All mean egotism vanishes.

Here will I hold.
There is a power above us,
All nature cries aloud Thro' all her works,
He must delight in virtue;
And that which he delights in must be happy.

Yet it is certain,
That the power to produce this delight,
Does not reside in nature,
But in man,
Or in a harmony of both.

It is necessary to use these pleasures,
With great temperance.
Every man is tasked to make his life,
Even in its details,
Worthy of the contemplation,
Of his most elevated and critical hour.

I speak my own sins;

I cannot judge another.

Trust thyself:
Every heart vibrates,
To that iron string.
Accept the place the divine providence,
Has found for you,
The society of your contemporaries,
The connection of events,
For One and God make a majority.

I prefer to be true to myself,
Even at the hazard,
Of incurring the ridicule of others,
Rather than to be false,
And to incur my own abhorrence.

Great men have always done so,
And confided themselves childlike,
To the genius of their age,
Betraying their perception,
That the absolutely trustworthy,
Was seated at their heart,
Working through their hands,
Predominating in all their being.
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This is a sharp time, now,
A precise time-
We live no longer in the dusky afternoon,
When evil mixed itself with good,
And befuddled the world.
Now, by God's grace,
The shining sun is up,
And them that fear not light,
Will surely praise it.

I never doubted,
The existence of the Deity;
That he made the world,
And govern'd it by his Providence;
That the most acceptable service of God,
Was the doing of good to man.

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