To be great is to be misunderstood.” ― “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.
Nearly four decades before Nietzsche wrote that “no one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life,” Emerson admonishes that “imitation is suicide” and counsels: The power which resides in [each person] is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried. has a free Sunday digest of the week's most interesting and inspiring articles across art, science, philosophy, creativity, children's books, and other strands of our search for truth, beauty, and meaning. Subscribe to this free midweek pick-me-up for heart, mind, and spirit below — it is separate from the standard Sunday digest of new pieces: participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn commissions by linking to Amazon.
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He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall.
Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. Remember this: Your problems will always travel with you. Every setback is an opportunity to test your self-reliance. Without it, you will never become a complete and reliable person. Always keep this in the back of your mind: I owe nothing, and nothing is owed to me. You don’t need to travel to the other side of the world to find yourself. When something bad happens to my health, relationships, or finances, I’m thankful. If you believe that you will live forever or that you will be loved until the end of time—you get lazy. But once you separate yourself from everything in life, you become a passenger who tries to make the most out of every single minute. You will never be able to explain everything with 100% certainty and proof. ” You are where you are in life because of a few random things, plus the decisions you made personally. If you’re unhappy or if you want to change, just change your standards. They teach us to abide by our spontaneous impression with good-humored inflexibility then most when the whole cry of voices is on the other side.Else to-morrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time, and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another. It takes me hundreds of hours a month to research and compose, and thousands of dollars to sustain. If you find any joy and value in what I do, please consider becoming a Sustaining Patron with a recurring monthly donation of your choosing, between a cup of tea and a good lunch. Claim yours: is in its twelfth year and because I write primarily about ideas of a timeless character, I have decided to plunge into my vast archive every Wednesday and choose from the thousands of essays one worth resurfacing and resavoring.Modern society has not advanced one bit ever since it started. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best in his 1841 essay called Self-Reliance: People have not changed. But when you talk about society itself, nothing has changed. Otherwise, you become a dependent robot who can’t function by itself. But at the same time, we believe that it’s bad to depend on yourself. Because when you’re self-reliant, you can enrich the lives of the people around you much more. And even though I must confess I don’t fully master emotional self-reliance, I have made significant steps that positively changed my life. What you will find next are 6 lessons that can help you to become emotionally self-reliant. It’s always harder to speak your mind and to stand for something. Nothing’s going to change when you let out all your emotions. When you’re needy, you only damage your relationships in the long-term. In a sentiment his soul-brother Henry David Thoreau would come to echo a decade later, Emerson laments the ease with which we accept the judgments and opinions of others as objective truth while dismissing our own — a lamentation all the timelier a century and a half later, as the 24-hour media cycle feeds us ready-made opinions under the guise of objective news: A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages.Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his.