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" 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. That which each can do best,... "
Essays - Page 68
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1841 - 303 pages
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The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Inspirational Quotes

Wendy Toliver - 2004 - 511 pages
...Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultrvation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. . . . Do that which is assigned to you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much. — Ralph Waldo...
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Plato's Fable: On the Mortal Condition in Shadowy Times

Joshua Mitchell - 2009 - 224 pages
...Emerson, "Self Reliance," in Essays and Lectures (New York: Library of America, 1983), pp. 278-79: "[O]f the adopted talent of another, you have only...each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him." 205 Plato, Republic, Book VI, 488a-e. The philosopher (captain), in "being somewhat short-sighted [horonta...
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Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing

Larry Chang - 2006 - 817 pages
...1788-1860 ~ Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but...talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous half-expression. That which each can do best none but his Maker can teach him. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson,...
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