Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.

Henry Van Dyke (1852-1933) American clergyman and writer
(Misattributed)

Also frequently misattributed to Thoreau. First found in The Ladies Repository: A Monthly Periodical, Devoted to Literature, Arts and Religion (Sep 1874), without attribution (see here).
Added on 1-Feb-04 | Last updated 23-Jul-12
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