15 May 2010

{been reading self-reliance by ralph waldo emerson (besides the beloved harry potter) & for real?...it's 100% changing my life. here's some food for thought from mr. emerson. soak it up cause it's worth it. 4 favs thus far...}

1. Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that. Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for.

2. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude after own own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

3. Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.

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


  1. Yes, Ralph is the man. Cannot wait for you to start Thoreau's Walden. This too will change your life : )

    "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail"

  2. thanks Ash! I love that. I will have to read that book!


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