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One line so often recalled as one observes people is "The mass of men live lives of quiest desperation."
However, on a more positive note here are others from Henry David Thoreau's work, Walden:
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now, put the foundations under them.
I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
I have a great deal of company in my house; especially in the morning, when no one calls.
I'm not a huge fan of either Thoreau or of Transcendentalism, but I do find Thoreau to be quotable--even when I don't agree with him. One of my favorites from Walden is this:
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them."
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