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Excerpt: Emerson's "Self Reliance"
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  • 1. By Ralph Waldo Emerson Self Reliance
  • 2. There is a time in every man's education
  • 3. when he arrives at the conviction that envy
  • 4. is ignorance;
  • 5. that imitation is suicide;
  • 6. that he must take himself
  • 7. for better,
  • 8. for worse,
  • 9. as his portion;
  • 10. that though the wide universe is full of good,
  • 11. no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him
  • 12. but through his toil
  • 13. bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.
  • 14. The power which resides in him
  • 15. is new in nature,
  • 16. and none but he knows
  • 17. what that is which he can do,
  • 18. nor does he know until he has tried.
  • 19. Not for nothing one face, one character, one fact,
  • 20. makes much impression on him, and another none.
  • 21. This sculpture in the memory is not without
  • 22. preestablished harmony.
  • 23. The eye was placed where one ray should fall, that it might testify
  • 24. of that particular ray.
  • 25. We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed
  • 26. of that divine idea
  • 27. which each of us represents.
  • 28. It may be safely trusted as proportionate and of good issues, so it be faithfully imparted,
  • 29. but God will not have his work made manifest By cowards.
  • 30. A man is relieved and gay
  • 31. when he has put his heart into his work and done his best;
  • 32. but what he has said or done otherwise,
  • 33. shall give him no peace.
  • 34. It is a deliverance
  • 35. which does not deliver.
  • 36. In the attempt his genius deserts him;
  • 37. no muse befriends; no invention, no hope.
  • 38. Trust thyself:
  • 39. every heart vibrates
  • 40. to that iron string.
  • 41. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you,
  • 42. the society of your contemporaries,
  • 43. the connection of events.
  • 44. Great men have always done so,
  • 45. and confided themselves childlike
  • 46. to the genius of their age,
  • 47. betraying their perception that the absolutely trustworthy was seated at their heart,
  • 48. working through their hands, predominating in all their being.
  • 49. And we are now men,
  • 50. and must accept
  • 51. in the highest mind
  • 52. the same transcendent destiny;
  • 53. and not minors and invalids
  • 54. in a protected corner,
  • 55. not cowards fleeing before a revolution,
  • 56. but guides, redeemers, and benefactors, obeying
  • 57. the Almighty effort,
  • 58. and advancing on Chaos
  • 59. and the Dark. . . .
  • 60. These are the voices
  • 61. which we hear
  • 62. in solitude,
  • 63. but they grow faint
  • 64. and inaudible
  • 65. as we enter
  • 66. into the world.
  • 67. Society everywhere is in conspiracy
  • 68. against
  • 69. the manhood
  • 70. of every one of its members.
  • 71. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree,
  • 72. for the better securing of his bread
  • 73. to each shareholder,
  • 74. to surrender
  • 75. the liberty
  • 76. and culture of the eater.
  • 77. The virtue
  • 78. in most request
  • 79. is conformity.
  • 80. Self-reliance
  • 81. is its aversion.
  • 82. It loves
  • 83. not realities
  • 84. and creators,
  • 85. but names
  • 86. and customs.
  • 87. Whoso would be a man
  • 88. must be a nonconformist.
  • 89. He who would gather immortal palms
  • 90. must not be hindered by the name of goodness,
  • 91. but must explore
  • 92. if it be goodness.
  • 93. Nothing is at last sacred
  • 94. but the integrity
  • 95. of your own mind.
  • 96. Absolve you to yourself,
  • 97. and you shall have the suffrage of the world....
  • 98. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin
  • 99. of little minds,
  • 100. adored by little statesmen
  • 101. and philosophers and divines.
  • 102. With consistency a great soul
  • 103. has simply nothing to do.
  • 104. He may as well concern himself
  • 105. with his shadow on the wall.
  • 106. Speak what you think now
  • 107. in hard words,
  • 108. and to- morrow speak
  • 109. what to-morrow thinks in hard words again,
  • 110. though it contradict every thing
  • 111. you said to-day.
  • 112. -- "Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood."
  • 113. -- Is it so bad, then,
  • 114. to be misunderstood?
  • 115. Pythagoras was misunderstood,
  • 116. and Socrates,
  • 117. and Jesus,
  • 118. and Luther,
  • 119. and Copernicus,
  • 120. and Galileo,
  • 121. and Newton,
  • 122. and every pure and wise spirit
  • 123. that ever took flesh.
  • 124. To be great
  • 125. is to be misunderstood.
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