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" What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder because you will always find those who... "
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by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1883
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Wisdom Through the ages

Helen Granat - 1998 - 153 pages
...naturalness and clarity. POPE JOHN XXIII SOLITUDE What I must do is all that concerns me, not what other people think This rule, equally arduous in actual...with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. RALPH WALDO EMERSON Loneliness is poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self. MAY SARTON I never...
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Transforming Privacy: A Transpersonal Philosophy of Rights

Stefano Scoglio - 1998 - 260 pages
...to be alone with others: The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion ... It is easy in the world to live after the world's...with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. In the same essay on self-reliance, one of those that Brandéis admired most, Emerson writes that the...
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Wisdom Through the Ages-Book Three

...is man's most glorious task. SOPHOCLES They're only truly great who are truly good. GEORGE CHAPMAN It is easy in the world to live after the world's...with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. RALPH WALDO EMERSON Lives of great men all remind us we can make our lives sublime, and, departing,...
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to American Literature

Laurie E. Rozakis - 1999 - 468 pages
...nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried... "What I must do is all that concerns me, not what...with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude." "Self-Reliance" shows Emerson looking inward, but many of his poems and essays also look outward to...
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In Conflict No Longer: Self and Society in Contemporary America

Irene Taviss Thomson - 2000 - 161 pages
...nonconformity. "Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist," says Emerson ([1841] 1941: 123). He continues: "It is easy in the world to live after the world's...with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude" (125). It is precisely this kind of independence that de Tocqueville finds lacking among Americans,...
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The Westminster Collection of Christian Quotations

Martin H. Manser - 2001 - 497 pages
...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...with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. Ralph Waldo Emerson Solitude is essentially the discovery and acceptance of our uniqueness. Lawrence...
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Being Consciousness Bliss: A Seeker's Guide

Astrid Fitzgerald - 2002 - 383 pages
...this is the best means of detaching oneself from this ceaseless flow of suggestions. —Paul B run ton It is easy in the world to live after the world's...with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. — Ralph Waldo Emerson Abandoning attachment to the fruits of action, constantly content, independent,...
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Markets, Mobs & Mayhem: How to Profit From the Madness of Crowds

Robert Menschel - 2002 - 226 pages
...essay "Self-Reliance." Later in the essay, Emerson came back to the point and broadened the message: "It is easy in the world to live after the world's...with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude." Generations of American individualists have taken heart from these words. To wartime pacifists, Emerson...
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Path of Life

graf Leo Tolstoy - 2002 - 327 pages
...is hard to do, because you will always find those who think they know your duty better than you do. It is easy in the world to live after the world's...with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. -- Emerson 9. All people base their activities on both their own and others' opinions. The main difference...
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Zen and Philosophy: An Intellectual Biography of Nishida Kitarō

Michiko Yusa - 2002 - 510 pages
...awareness. He quotes a line from Emerson that perfectly captures the essence of Rousseau's courage: "It is easy in the world to live after the world's...crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."64 In his poem entitled "India,"6i Nishida calls out for the Indian people to rise up from...
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