The surface of the earth is soft and impressible by the feet of men; and so with the paths which the mind travels. how worn and dusty, then, must be the highways of the world, how deep the ruts of tradition and conformity! I did not wish to take a cabin passage, but rather to go before the mast and on the deck of the world, for there i could best see the moonlight amid the mountains. I do not wish to go below now. I learned this at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the directions of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. he will put some things behind, will pass an invisible boundary; new, universal and more liberal laws will begin to establish themselves around and within him; or the old laws will be expanded, and interpreted in a more liberal sense... in proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness. If you have built your castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.