SELF-RELIANCE

Ralph Waldo Emerson in pieces
  1. "In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
  2. Else, tomorrow 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.
  3. Trust thyself: every heart vibrated to that iron string.
  4. Accept the place the divine providence has found for the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.
  5. We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents.
  6. Do not think the youth has no force, because he/she cannot speak to you and me. In the next room his/her voice is sufficiently clear and emphatic.
  7. The virtue in most is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.
  8. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
  9. The only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it.
  10. Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none.
  11. My life is for itself and not for a spectacle.
  12. What I must do is all that concerns me, not what people think.
  13. You will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it.
  14. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man/woman is he/she who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
  15. Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow think in hard words again, though it contradict everything you say today.
  16. Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood?
  17. To be great is to be misunderstood.
  18. We are afraid of truth, afraid of fortune, afraid of death, and afraid of each other.
  19. It is only as a man/woman puts off all fleeing support, and stands alone, that I seem him/her to be strong and to prevail.
  20. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself."