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" 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. "
Select Essays and Poems - Page 35
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1898 - 120 pages
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Dictionary of Quotations: (English)

Philip Hugh Dalbiac - 1897 - 510 pages
...Young Friend. " The great end of life is not knowledge, but action." HUXLEY. Technical Education. " The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps, with perfect sweetness, the independence of solitude." EMERSON. Self-Reliancc. " The great mind knows the power of gentleness, Only tries force...
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American Literature

Katharine Lee Bates - 1897 - 362 pages
...peculiarly my work." From this time on Emerson realized in himself his definition of a great man, " who in the midst of the crowd keeps, with perfect sweetness, the independence of solitude." Among the clamorous reforms and philanthropies of the day, he was often reproached with...
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Understanding Emerson: "The American Scholar" and His Struggle for Self-reliance

Kenneth S. Sacks, Professor Kenneth S Sacks - 2003 - 199 pages
...how he understood it in his most famous essay, "Self-Reliance," composed in the summer of 1839: "It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion;...crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude." Or so he hoped. If to some he appeared detached and had difficulty committing fully to friends...
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Wilderness Wisdom: Quotes for Inspirational Exploration

John Gookin - 2002 - 140 pages
...is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the...crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. Ralph Waldo Emerson You come to understand yourself through understanding others. History...
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Ends and Odds: Eight New Dramatic Pieces

Peter H. Gibbon, Samuel Beckett - 1976 - 128 pages
...ignorance .. . imitation is suicide." In Cleveland, a girl surprised her classmates by quoting perfectly: "The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude." Individualism is, of course, uneasy with the notion of emulation. And Emerson himself was...
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Aspire to Something Higher: A Pocket Book of Inspired Thoughts

Shawn Bremner - 2003 - 127 pages
...because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence...
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Emerson As Spiritual Guide: A Companion to Emerson's Essays for Personal ...

...must do what we are motivated to do, not what others think we should do. "It is easy," Emerson says, "to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own." What's difficult is to keep the independence of solitude in the midst of the crowd. The problem with...
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Essays Series 1

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 2004 - 252 pages
...because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion;...crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. The objection to conforming to usages that have become dead to you is that it scatters your...
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Religious apologetics - philosophical argumentation

Yossef Schwartz, Volkhard Krech - 2004 - 574 pages
...who - in traditional Puritan manner - is existentially alone and evolves out of this loneliness. "It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion;...crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude". 26 It is this "independence of solitude" that characterizes Emerson's philosophical thinking...
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A Dream Too Wild: Emerson Meditations for Every Day of the Year

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 2004 - 392 pages
...because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion;...crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. — SELF-RELIANCE Do you aspire to do what concems you rather than what people think you...
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