Quote by Henry David Thoreau
Through want of enterprise and faith men are where they are, buying and selling and spending their lives like servants.
This quote suggests that lack of ambition and belief in oneself prevents individuals from progressing in life. By merely engaging in mundane activities such as buying, selling, and working without purpose, they remain confined to a subordinate position in society. It implies that true progress and fulfillment come from taking risks, having a sense of initiative, and having faith in one's abilities. Without these qualities, people remain stagnant, living their lives in a servant-like manner, serving others' agendas instead of pursuing their own dreams and ambitions.
It requires courage not to surrender oneself to the ingenious or compassionate counsels of despair that would induce a man to eliminate himself from the ranks of the living; but it does not follow from this that every huckster who is fattened and nourished in self-confidence has more courage than the man who yielded to despair.