Neither does the wisest man extort her secret, and lose his curiosity by finding out all her perfection. Nature never became a toy to a wise spirit. The flowers, the animals, the mountains, reflected the wisdom of his best hour, as much as they had delighted the simplicity of his childhood.
To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.
His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food. These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God to-day. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence. Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.
Let us draw a lesson from nature, which always works by short ways. When the fruit is ripe, it falls. But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. The rays that come from those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and vulgar things. It is one light which beams out of a thousand stars. It is one soul which animates all men. The power of Nature predominates over the human will in all works of even the fine arts, in all that respects their material and external circumstances.
Nature paints the best part of the picture, carves the best part of the statue, builds the best part of the house, and speaks the best part of the oration. Let him go where he will, he can only find so much beauty or worth as he carries. We are immersed in beauty, but our eyes have no clear vision. The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson. To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same fields, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again.
There are many beauties; as, of general nature, of the human face and form, of manners, of brain, or method, moral beauty, or beauty of the soul. The moral sense reappears today with the same morning newness that has been from of old the fountain of beauty and strength. We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
On stars: Every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile. The poet, the painter, the sculptor, the musician, the architect, seek each to concentrate this radiance of the world on one point, and each in his several work to satisfy the love of beauty which stimulates him to produce.
We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end. Truth, and goodness, and beauty are but different faces of the same all. Self-trust is the first secret of success. None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. If the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him.
We wish to be self-sustained. We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten. Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing. Not that what I said was not true; not that it has not found intelligent receivers but because it did not go from any wish in me to bring men to me, but to themselves.
Do not yet see, that, if the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him. All our progress is an unfolding, like the vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. It is vain to hurry it. By trusting it to the end it shall ripen into truth, and you shall know why you believe.
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, — that is genius. A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. It is easy to live for others, everybody does.
I call on you to live for yourself. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. Great men have always done so. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever only rejoices me, and the heart appoints. Self-trust is the essence of heroism. Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers. What a man does, that he has. What has he to do with hope or fear? In himself is his might. Let him regard no good as solid but that which is in his nature, and which must grow out of him as long as he exists. The goods of fortune may come and go like summer leaves; let him scatter them on every wind as the momentary signs of his infinite productiveness.
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs.
Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them. The wise man throws himself on the side of his assailants. It is more his interest than it is theirs to find his weak point. Great men, great nations, have not been boasters and buffoons, but perceivers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to face it. Action is with the scholar subordinate, but it is essential. Without it, he is not yet man. Without it, thought can never ripen into truth. What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.
Free should the scholar be, — free and brave… Brave; for fear is a thing, which a scholar by his very function puts behind him. Fear always springs from ignorance… The world is his, who can see through its pretension.
Courage charms us, because it indicates that a man loves an idea better than all things in the world, that he is thinking neither of his bed, nor his dinner, nor his money, but will venture all to put in act the invisible thought of his mind. That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased. At times the whole world seems to be in conspiracy to importune you with emphatic trifles. The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.
The boy wishes to learn to skate, to coast, to catch a fish in the brook, to hit a mark with a snowball or a stone; and a boy a little older is just as well pleased to teach him these sciences. The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood. Books are the best of things , well used; abused, the worst.
What is the right use? What is the end which all means go to effect? They are for nothing but to inspire. Colleges… can only highly serve us, when they aim not to drill, but to create; when they gather from far every ray of various genius to their hospitable halls, and, by the concentrated fires, set the hearts of their youth on flame. We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation -rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing. We are too civil to books.
For a few golden sentences we will turn over and actually read a volume of four or five hundred pages. The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions. Respect the child. Wait and see the new product of Nature. Nature loves analogies, but not repetitions. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude. Poetry teaches the enormous force of a few words, and, in proportion to the inspiration, checks loquacity. See in college how we thwart the natural love of learning by leaving the natural method of teaching what each wishes to learn, and insisting that you shall learn what you have no taste or capacity for.
The college, which should be a place of delightful labour, is made odious and unhealthy, and the young men are tempted to frivolous amusements to rally their jaded spirits. Scholarship is to be created not by compulsion, but by awakening a pure interest in knowledge. The wise instructor accomplishes this by opening to his pupils precisely the attractions the study has for himself. The marking is a system for schools, not for the college; for boys, not for men; and it is an ungracious work to put on a professor.
The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men round to his opinion twenty years later. Shall I tell you the secret of the true scholar? It is this: Every man I meet is my master in some point, and in that I learn of him. In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight.
He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity. Genius borrows nobly. Life consists of what man is thinking about all day. When we have new perception, we shall gladly disburden the memory of its hoarded treasures as old rubbish. A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will come out.
That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping, we are becoming. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. Do not say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders, so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary. Every man alone is sincere.
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At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins. We parry and fend the approach of our fellow-man by compliments, by gossip, by amusements, by affairs. We cover up our thought from him under a hundred folds. By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. In fact, it is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent. What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.
This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. What am I? And what is? Asks the human spirit with a curiosity new-kindled, but never to be quenched. A painter told me that nobody could draw a tree without in some sort becoming a tree; or draw a child by studying the outlines of its form merely… but by watching for a time his motions and plays, the painter enters into his nature and can then draw him at every attitude.
The purpose of life seems to be to acquaint a man with himself and whatever science or art or course of action he engages in reacts upon and illuminates the recesses of his own mind. The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence. We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds… A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men.
Thought is all light, and publishes itself to the universe. It will speak, though you were dumb, by its own miraculous organ. It will flow out of your actions, your manners, and your face. It will bring you friendships. It will impledge you to truth by the love and expectation of generous minds. Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but, until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful.
All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients. Your goodness must have some edge to it — else it is none. Power ceases in the instant of repose; it resides in the moment of transition from a past to a new state, in the shooting of the gulf, in the darting to an aim. Success treads on every right step. For the instinct is sure, that prompts him to tell his brother what he thinks. He then learns, that in going down into the secrets of his own mind, he has descended into the secrets of all minds. Character is higher than intellect.
The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness. Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world. The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity. The inventor did it because it was natural to him, and so in him it has a charm. The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance.
Success comes from within , not from without. Patton "A story to me means a plot where there is some surprise. Because that is how life is--full of surprises. It is the by-product of a good idea and modest expectations. They seem to be the purpose of God for his whole creation. A life of simplicity and happiness awaits you. And nature is no dummy" -Isaac Newton "If you will stay close to nature, to its simplicity, to the small things hardly noticeable, those things can unexpectedly become great and immeasurable.
I'm grateful for life. And I live it--I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it. Kennedy "True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for that experience. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good. Kennedy "Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy.
Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. No exceptions. Lewis "Pride makes us artificial and humility makes us real. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding. Vincent de Paul "One cannot be humble and aware of oneself at the same time. Humility and freedom go hand in hand. Only a humble person can be free. Remember you don't know the limits of your own abilities.
Successful or not, if you keep pushing beyond yourself, you will enrich your own life--and maybe even please a few strangers. When we attach judgment to receiving help, we knowingly or unknowingly attach judgment to giving help. What we keep will be left for others. What we give away will be ours forever. Goodrich, Smile Anyway.
Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time. The extra energy required to make another effort or try another approach is the secret of winning.
D'Angelo "The difference between people who believe they have books inside of them and those who actually write books is sheer cussed persistence--the ability to make yourself work at your craft, every day--the belief, even in the face of obstacles, that you've got something worth saying. It is usually the same: persistence, hard work and hiring good people. Use a pile driver. Hit the point once.
Then come back and hit it again. Then hit it a third time--a tremendous whack. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. Michener "Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden. That's the only way to keep the roads clear. Don't ask. Action will delineate and define you.
Now put the foundations under them. Imagination will take you everywhere. If not now, when? So if you keep losing but you're still trying, keep it up! You're right on track. Happiness is the key to success. It will not be easy. You will always be tempted to take the easy way. Have courage to stand by your beliefs and principles. Loneliness has been identified as one of the major causes of health problems.
Meaningful friendships offset loneliness. Invest time and attention to friendships. Nurture the old friendships you have. You will learn so much — about a culture, a place, and yourself — when you travel. Do it as often as you can. Things you have accumulated today might be cause for annoyance later. Learn how to make mindful purchases and avoid impulse buying. It is not worth it to be in debt.
Begin learning how to live within your means and save up and wait until you can afford to buy something if making a big purchase. Show people you care about that they matter to you. Spend more time with them. Value them over your work or hobbies. Never fail to let them know how much they mean to you. At the end of the day, the relationship you have with them is all that matters. We often force ourselves to be more serious in life in order to get ahead.
However, life is short and laughter is often scarce. Carve out more opportunities for fun in your life. Forget about what others will think. Learn to enjoy your life. A sensible workout that fits your needs help keep you healthy and strong. It also improves your sense of well-being and can help you live longer. Express your true self is an effortless way of attracting people. Let go of the things that hurt you. Forgiving others has been proven to be highly beneficial to your health. They, too, will pass. The same goes for the good times.
Prepare your mind to accept change. When it comes to making your dreams into a reality, there will always be those people who will be naysayers. They add to the challenge of keeping to your path. Aches and pains will be familiar companions as you get older. But you never have to endure them. Studies have shown that physical touch has healing benefits , ranging from improving the immune system to lowering sugar levels in people with diabetes.
Making a difference in the lives of other people can give you a sense of purpose. Even in small ways, being of service can give your life meaning. Knowing this, you can choose to bear the marks of the passage of time on your body with dignity and grace. It could be that the timing was not right or you were simply not the one that someone wants in their life. Think back on your own life. Other people may have also given you breaks — twice, thrice, or even four times — that got you to where you are now. Do not deny others of the chance to prove themselves to you after failing the first time.
Having the ability to endure no matter what challenges are thrown your way is the key to winning in life. Things in your life are not static. You will grow and mature as the years go by. Do not believe in labels assigned to you by people when you were younger. Harness the positive energy of the day by waking up early. Many people are drawn to a career path only because of the financial gains.
They are the ones who are usually miserable in their jobs. There is no such thing as a perfect person. The sooner you accept this, the sooner you can get rid of the notion that you have to be perfect in every way. Whether you do it by procrastinating , blame-shifting, or by being anxious, thinking too much can cost you precious opportunities for changing your circumstances in life. Become proactive instead. Misery results from a half-hearted commitment to anything because you are searching for something better or more worthwhile onto which to channel your energy. If you are in denial about your present circumstance, you will be locked in a cycle of misery.
An open mind makes for a smooth-sailing life. It removes your need to control the outcome of any conversation or situation. In short, you will gain inner peace.
You waste a lot of energy when you complain about how life sucks. It would be better to channel that energy into a definitive action that addresses what you are unsatisfied or uncomfortable about in life. So many things in this world vie for your attention. Media, for example, use sensationalism to evoke a reaction from you. Many people live their lives waiting according to what society expects of them. This prevents them from expressing their true selves. Avoid falling into this trap. Embrace your quirks and uniqueness. In the first place, money is a tool with which you can acquire what you need or want.
Learn how to be financially literate. It will happen at least once in your life. And it will sting. Learn how to accept it and handle it with grace. Whatever action you do repeatedly or thoughts you frequently entertain will become part of your nature. Small habits will become part of you over time, so have a care to cultivate positive habits only. Tell them how much you appreciate them while you still can. Do it now. Start crossing items off your bucket list now. Most of us are conditioned to undermine our own capacities.
However, there will be numerous circumstances in your life that will prove — over and over — that you are stronger, more resilient than you realize. Aside from helping you gain more knowledge, reading helps keep your brain limber and less prone to memory problems. Read a lot; keep your brain limber and less prone to memory problems. Society will insist that you conform to the norm.
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Embrace your uniqueness and let it shine. Those hidden qualities are your assets. But when you learn to recognize the toxic influences in your life, you steer clear of them. Allow yourself to flourish and thrive in an environment of positivity.
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You have a purpose, a personal mission. Although things may be unclear to you for now, your presence here has a significance. Remember to express gratitude and acknowledge those who gave you a hand, a timely piece of advice, a referral, an encouraging word that led you to the success that you have right now. Humility is another virtue that you must learn to master on your way to success.
These days, there is a lot of pressure to keep up to date with the latest happenings. We develop a fear of missing out or FOMO. It causes unhappiness and limits your success. Learn to accept that you are not required to know or have everything. Writing down what you are thinking helps clarify things.
Sometimes you will be required to define what it is that you want before you get something. At other times, you need to think of ways how you can get what you want. However, the easiest and yet rarely used way to achieve something is to ask. These days, most of our interaction comes in the form of chats in different messaging apps.
We rarely spend time with others and have an actual conversation. Bring back the habit of face-to-face interaction. Realize that the memories you have with people are within you. Yet, the world does not end there. Keep being awesome anyway. Do not let alcohol take a hold on your life. Avoiding it, especially in social situations, keep you sane, healthy, and happy.
Having a hobby is proven to be beneficial in increasing your happiness levels. Make something — an herb garden, a hand-made card, crafts with your kids, or a meal. It helps keep your brain sharp. Create something. The thoughts you have during these times are your guide as to where your true interest lies. Avoid doing the same. Walking can become a form of meditation. They have great benefits for your mind and body.