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Jun. 20th, 2008

I could quote Ralph Waldo Emerson until I turn purple, but this quote keeps springing to my mind today:

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.

A slew of Emerson quotes here.

Have a great weekend.

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rosepurr
Jun. 20th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
Nice one, baby!!
maxsilver
Jun. 20th, 2008 06:29 pm (UTC)
Thoreau could kick Emerson's ass, man!
thndrstd
Jun. 21st, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
Possibly, but Thoreau was heavily influenced by Emerson. From the Wikipedia entry on Thoreau:

"Upon graduation Thoreau returned home to Concord, where he befriended Ralph Waldo Emerson. Emerson took a paternal and at times patronizing interest in Thoreau, advising the young man and introducing him to a circle of local writers and thinkers. . .

Emerson constantly urged Thoreau to contribute essays and poems to a quarterly periodical, The Dial, and Emerson lobbied with editor Margaret Fuller to publish those writings. Thoreau’s first essay published there was Natural History of Massachusetts; half book review, half natural history essay, it appeared in 1842. It consisted of revised passages from his journal, which he had begun keeping at Emerson’s suggestion. The first entry on October 22, 1837, reads, "‘What are you doing now?’ he asked. ‘Do you keep a journal?’ So I make my first entry today." . . .

On April 18, 1841, Thoreau moved into the Emerson house.
maxsilver
Jun. 21st, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
You put way too much effort in responding to me being a dumbass. :)
thndrstd
Jun. 21st, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
Indeed. I'm a big ol' library dork. Mwhahaha!
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