Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Self-Reliance


  • Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. (p.178)

  • Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. (p.178)

  • Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. (p.178)

  • I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions. (p.179)

  • Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none. (p.179)

  • I shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me. (p.179)

  • It is easy in the world to live after their world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independance of solitude. (p.181)

  • Character teaches above our wills. (p.184)

  • Travelling is a fool's paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places. (p.198)

  • Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.

    (Penguin Books: Selected Essays)


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