Henry David Thoreau quote about elevation from Walden - I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.
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I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by a conscious endeavor.
 Henry David Thoreau, Walden (1854). copy citation

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Author Henry David Thoreau
Source Walden
Topic elevation endeavor
Date 1854
Language English
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Weblink https://www.gutenberg.org/files/205/205-h/205-h.htm

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“How could I have looked him in the face?
We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but 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 something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do.” source

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