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.

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 be expanded, and interpreted in his favor in a more liberal sense, and he will live with the license of a higher order of beings. In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness weakness.

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.

– Henry David Thoreau

Beautifully restored map of DeLand, Florida from 1884

Historic bird’s eye view of DeLand, Florida from 1884

Have Faith in Your Future

Be done with the past, except where it inspires you to greater and nobler effort.

Restored bird’s eye view of East Hampton, Connecticut from 1880

This old map shows East Hampton, Connecticut in the late 19th century.

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Beautiful old map of Coleman, Michigan from 1884

Detailed bird’s eye view of Coleman, Michigan in the late 19th century

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This is what Amsterdam, New York looked like in 1875

Old map showing Amsterdam, New York as it looked when only 5,500 people lived there