Ralph Waldo Emerson – Self Reliance Reading, passage on being misunderstood

Ralph Waldo Emerson – Self Reliance Reading, passage on being misunderstood

Me reading one of my favorite passages from Emerson’s Self Reliance Essay, written in 1841.
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  1. Alexandra Amore Bella VirtùApr 24, 2013

    Beautiful! Where can I read the entire essay?

  2. rgalenyApr 24, 2013

    Are we different or is it just an illusion. Rather there is a pilgrims path we all take, a path on which we are at different points of discovery and development. There are many paths to the mountain top, but the view is always the same.

  3. PositivelyCuriousApr 24, 2013

    you might be correct. I’ll have to re-ponder it. I love your last line. “it takes conviction to know you are right when the world knows otherwise.” it also takes courage to authentically entertain the notion that our own view of reality could be completely wrong.

  4. knowledge0934Apr 24, 2013

    i dont know that he is saying being misunderstood is a beautiful thing, but more that it is an inescapable thing, if you choose to follow your own mind, Because you will eventually find your thoughts opposed to the fashionable outlook. But it takes conviction to know you are right when the world knows otherwise.

  5. Cooper1970Apr 24, 2013

    Thanks for posting. I have found a terrific book I would like to recommend. The Master Key System which has made a powerful positive impact in my life. “To be great is to be misunderstood”. Very beautiful!

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