“However mean you life is,
meet 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 doors as early in the spring.
Cultivate property like a garden herb, like sage.
Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends.
Turn the old; return to them.
Things do not change; we change.
Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts…
Superfluous wealth can buy superfluities only.
Money is not required to buy one necessary of the soul!”