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Posts tagged "ralph waldo emerson"
Aug 11, 2014
Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests and mines and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
Jan 26, 2013
Sep 25, 2011
» Was Ralph Waldo Emerson Our First Motivational Speaker?
"Trust yourself: every heart vibrates to that iron string"; "Insist on yourself; never imitate"; "Whosoever would be a man must be a nonconformist." Such proclamations, delivered from the lectern rather than the pulpit, are the very stuff of which uplift (and needlepoint wall hangings) are made. Small wonder that Emerson always attracted a large following. His first series of essays was never out of print or demand, and he made the rounds of the lecture circuit surrounded by the frenzy and adulation now lavished on rock stars. In an age sans radio, sans TV, sans computer-generated extravaganzas, oratory occupied the center stage, and Emerson’s lectures shot out the lights. He helped audiences to feel, at least for an evening, that there was a Shakespeare buried deep inside each of them—and that if they would only fully recognize their potential, greatness was practically assured.
Sep 08, 2011
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.
May 15, 2011
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
We are all dying of miscellany.
Mar 25, 2010
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
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
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.
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