Saturday, October 13

Self-Reliance







Selected from Self-Reliance (1832-1840)

As a philosopher and transcendentalist-thinker, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) believes that, “The relations of the soul to the divine spirit are so pure that it is profane to seek to interpose helps…if therefore a man claims to know and speak of God and carries you backward to the phraseology of some old mouldered nation in another country, in another world, believe him not…”

And as a Free man himself, Emerson believes that, “It is only as a man puts off all foreign support and stands alone that I see him to be strong and to prevail…he who knows that power is inborn, that he is weak because he has looked for good out of him and elsewhere, and, so perceiving, throws himself hesitatingly on his thought, instantly rights himself, stands in the erect position, commands his limbs, works miracles; just as a man who stands on his feet is stronger than a man who stands on his head…Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.”

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