spirit can feed, cover, and nerve us again. Bad counsel confounds the adviser. Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which animates all whom it floats, and you are without effort impelled to truth, to right and a perfect contentment. There is a mortifying experience in particular, which does not fail to wreak itself also in the general history; I mean the foolish face of praise, the forced smile which we put on in company where we do not feel at ease, in answer. And this because the heart in thee is the heart of all; not a valve, not a wall, not an intersection is there anywhere in nature, but one blood rolls uninterruptedly an endless Edition: current; Page: 276 circulation through all men, as the water. If any one imagines that this law is lax, let him keep its commandment one day. There are innumerable degrees of folly and wisdom, and for you to say aught is to be frivolous. It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, Always do what you are afraid. Edition: current; Page: 227 But if you cannot have them on good mutual terms, you cannot have them.
Heroism Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you would serve your brother, because it is fit for you to serve him, do not take back your words when you find that prudent people do not commend you. A new degree of culture would instantly revolutionize the entire system of human pursuits. We do not determine what we will think. He who is immersed in what concerns person or place cannot see the problem of existence. Is the parent better than the child into whom he has cast his ripened being? Beware of too much good staying in your hand. Without instruction we know very well the ideal of the human form. The things we now esteem fixed shall, one by one, detach themselves like ripe fruit from our experience, and fall.