” Insist on yourself, never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation…” Self Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson
“…but adapt the talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half passion. That which each can do best, none but his maker can teach him. No man yet knows what it is, nor can, till that person has exhibited it…” Self Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emerson
“…Speak what you think now in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today. ‘Ah, so you shall be misunderstood.’ Pythagorus was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus and Luther and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton and every other pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood….” Self Reliance, Ralph Waldo Emmerson
“Life is here and now…either we meet it, we live it or we miss it. All life resides in the narrow margin and broad expanse of the moment. It is the doing, the dreaming, the feeling and the caring. It is always present in a glorious attempt, a lofty dream , a brilliant insight, an irreplaceable experience, a calming breath, an unbelievable feeling and irrepressible passion.”
I do have a degree in Literature after all. Some favorite quotes for the end of the week.