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Thursday, 20 January 2011
I've had nothing to do at work the last few days, so I've decided to be productive and read articles, inspirational quotes, and such. I read a lot of Emerson quotes and decided to give him another try. I was, like most American's, forced to read some Emerson article's in high school and could barely comprehend them.
I've been missing out. I find him unbelievably inspiring. This quote articulate's what my soul has been trying to say the past three weeks or so:
"I appeal from your customs. I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am, we shall be happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should. I must be myself. I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices me and the heart appoints. If you are noble, I will love you; if you are not, I will not hurt you and myself by hypocritical attentions. If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek my own. I do this not selfishly but humbly and truly. It is alike your interest, and mine, and all men’s, however long we have dwelt in lies, to live in truth. Does this sound harsh to-day? You will soon love what is dictated by your nature as well as mine, and if we follow the truth it will bring us out safe at last.—But so may you give these friends pain. Yes, but I cannot sell my liberty and my power, to save their sensibility. Besides, all persons have their moments of reason, when they look out into the region of absolute truth; then will they justify me and do the same thing."- Ralph Waldo Emerson