There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance…

There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

So much wisdom in such a short space.  Needless to say this guy is brilliant.  I imagine his lectures (including Self Reliance, the source of this quote) were the TED talks of his day.  Reading it, I end up thinking, “wow, they were really, really smart then…”

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