Remember this: Your problems will always travel with you. Every setback is an opportunity to test your self-reliance. Without it, you will never become a complete and reliable person. Always keep this in the back of your mind: I owe nothing, and nothing is owed to me. You don’t need to travel to the other side of the world to find yourself. When something bad happens to my health, relationships, or finances, I’m thankful. If you believe that you will live forever or that you will be loved until the end of time—you get lazy. But once you separate yourself from everything in life, you become a passenger who tries to make the most out of every single minute. You will never be able to explain everything with 100% certainty and proof. ” You are where you are in life because of a few random things, plus the decisions you made personally. If you’re unhappy or if you want to change, just change your standards.
In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
Great works of art have no more affecting lesson for us than this.
In a sentiment his soul-brother Henry David Thoreau would come to echo a decade later, Emerson laments the ease with which we accept the judgments and opinions of others as objective truth while dismissing our own — a lamentation all the timelier a century and a half later, as the 24-hour media cycle feeds us ready-made opinions under the guise of objective news: A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages.
Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his.
Modern society has not advanced one bit ever since it started. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best in his 1841 essay called Self-Reliance: People have not changed.
But when you talk about society itself, nothing has changed. Nearly four decades before Nietzsche wrote that “no one can build you the bridge on which you, and only you, must cross the river of life,” Emerson admonishes that “imitation is suicide” and counsels: The power which resides in [each person] is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried. has a free Sunday digest of the week's most interesting and inspiring articles across art, science, philosophy, creativity, children's books, and other strands of our search for truth, beauty, and meaning. Subscribe to this free midweek pick-me-up for heart, mind, and spirit below — it is separate from the standard Sunday digest of new pieces: participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn commissions by linking to Amazon.[…] Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. In more human terms, this means that whenever you buy a book on Amazon from a link on here, I receive a small percentage of its price. At thirty-nine, Emerson writes: To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, — that is genius.Speak your latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense; for the inmost in due time becomes the outmost. If you’re not into reading, try learning a language, go to meetups, join a running club. If one thing falls through, don’t worry, do something else with your precious time (just don’t waste it). But when you stop looking for it outside of yourself, you will find that you can truly rely on yourself — and that will help you to love others. Always have a list of things you can do with your time.— 'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood?Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. And even though the purpose of life is not happiness in my opinion, being happy is still something that’s important to us. Without self-reliance, you can never be consistently happy.