When you start on your journey to Ithaca,
Then pray that the road is long.
Always keep Ithaca fixed in your mind.
Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage.
And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not defrauded you.
-K. P. Kavafis (C. P. Cavafy).
Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does Nature, because in her inventions, nothing is lacking and nothing is superfluous.
by Vachel Lindsey
Let not young souls be smothered out before
They do quaint deeds and fully flaunt their pride.
It is the world's one crime its babes grow dull,
Its poor are ox-like, limp and leaden-eyed.
Not that they starve, but starve so dreamlessly;
Not that they sow, but that they seldom reap;
Not that they serve, but have no gods to serve;
Not that they die, but that they die like sheep.