Posts tagged emerson

Posted 2 years ago
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.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance
Posted 2 years ago

Prayer that craves a particular commodity, — any thing less than all good, — is vicious. Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view. It is the soliloquy of a beholding and jubilant soul. It is the spirit of God pronouncing his works good.

But prayer as a means to effect a private end is meanness and theft. It supposes dualism and not unity in nature and consciousness. As soon as the man is at one with God, he will not beg. He will then see prayer in all action. The prayer of the farmer kneeling in his field to weed it, the prayer of the rower kneeling with the stroke of his oar, are true prayers heard throughout nature, though for cheap ends.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance
Posted 2 years ago
Man is timid and apologetic… 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 to-day. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance
Posted 2 years ago
Envy is ignorance; imitation is suicide.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance
Posted 2 years ago
In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance
Posted 2 years ago
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (via peoplesaycoolthings)
Posted 2 years ago
‎The lesson is forcibly taught by these observations that our life might be much easier and simpler than we make it… that we miscreate our own evils. We interfere with the optimism of nature.
Ralph Waldo Emerson