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Emerson, Self-Reliance

This week’s Weekly Geeks challenge is a repeat of an earlier topic, Quote-A-Day. I’ve been terrible and not posted a quote yet, but was inspired today after talking to a friend about Emerson’s essay, “Self-Reliance.”

This is one of my favorite parts of the essay:

I do not wish to expiate, but to live. My life is not an apology, but a life. It is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady. I wish it to be sound and sweet, and not to need diet and bleeding. My life should be unique; it should be an alms, a battle, a conquest, a medicine… Few and mean as my gifts may be, I actually am, and do not need for my own assurance or the assurance of my fellows and secondary testimony.

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