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Jan 26, 2013
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explore-blog:

The ever-brilliant Wendy MacNaughton (you know, her…) and Austin Kleon achieve the impossible and improve upon Emerson, adding to history’s finest definitions of art.

explore-blog:

The ever-brilliant Wendy MacNaughton (you know, her…) and Austin Kleon achieve the impossible and improve upon Emerson, adding to history’s finest definitions of art.

(Source: explore-blog)

Sep 25, 2011
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Sep 08, 2011
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We do not know today whether we are busy or idle. In times when we thought ourselves indolent, we have afterwards discovered, that much was accomplished, and much was begun in us.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Experience,” collected in Essays and Lectures

May 15, 2011
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Life is selection, no more. The work of the gardener is simply to destroy this weed, or that shrub, or that tree, & leave this other to grow. The library is gradually made inestimable by taking out from the superabounding mass of books all but the best. The palace is a selection of materials; it’s architecture, a selection of the best effects. Things collect very fast of themselves; the difference between house & house is the wise omissions.

Dec 31, 2010
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We are all dying of miscellany.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, quoted from his journals in Between insanity and fat dullness: How I became an Emersonian. (via mlarson)

Mar 25, 2010
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Art is a jealous mistress, and if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture, or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1860 (Eh, shut up, Waldo.)

Mar 18, 2010
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Old and new make the warp and woof of every moment. There is no thread that is not a twist of these two strands. By necessity, by proclivity and by delight, we all quote. It is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent.

May 01, 2009
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Build, therefore, your own world. As fast as you conform your life to the pure idea in your mind, that will unfold its great proportions.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, “The American Scholar
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