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Ralph Waldo Emerson, in Self-Reliance: The intellect is vagabond, and our system of education fosters restlessness. Our minds travel when our bodies are forced to stay at home. We imitate; and what is imitation but the travelling of the mind?
Question: Society's quick pace makes it hard to focus and concentrate. What can one to do achieve serenity today?
Emerson: Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.
Question: Many in society are afraid of of being themselves and speaking authentically. Why do you think that is?
Emerson: Man is timid and apologetic; he is no longer upright; he dares not say ‘I think,’ ‘I am,’ but quotes some saint or sage. He is ashamed before the blade of grass or the blowing rose. These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God today. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.
Question: What is the key to happiness with one's work and occupation?
Emerson: A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise, shall give him no peace. Do your work, and I shall know you. Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself. Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing.
Question: There are so many popular opinions in society today. How should we know whom to listen to?
Emerson: Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. It is easy in the world to live after the 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 independence of solitude.
Question: What advice do you have for creators and artists who don't think they create original work?
Emerson: Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.
Not only is this work brilliant, this edition is particularly well-done. Interspersed with quotes from "thought leaders" of our time, this edition makes connections to the... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Aaron Goodwin
An enjoyable read, Mr. Emerson was a man in full possession of the quality of common sense, something our current society is sadly lacking in.Published 22 days ago by E.J. Mack
This work opens minds. I maintain my right to disagree with parts of Mr. Emerson's conclusion's. I will give the gift freely and with love.Published 1 month ago by Evelyn Castellar
Emerson is awesome and the use of modern quotes made it thatch better. Thank a for taking this on. I only wish there were more books like this one.Published 1 month ago by Mike Ambassador Bruny
Not that this little essay doesn't have nuggets of wisdom. I just didn't like the tone.
Also, this Kindle edition includes quotes from contemporary celebrities who talk... Read more
Great for people looking for themselves. Men or women should create their own path wherever it leads. "Everything you want is on the other side of fear."Published 2 months ago by xavier ramos
Times have changed. I see nothing wonderful about this old, out-dated book. Most of it was incredibly boring. I don't see any point in reading it, though I did. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Musician
Self-Reliance is definitely a great book, a MUST-READ with no doubt... on top of it, the "DOMINO" edition is well-edited, the main quotes of Emerson's work are highlighted... Read morePublished 5 months ago by BEN LAVIE
I'm glad this brilliant essay is available as its own book, but Seth and Co. decided to highlight their favorite sentences in red…which kind of filtered my experience of... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Casey Friesenhahn