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Top-Ten Emerson Insights

This week By George Journal posted one hundred of our favourite quotations of the provocative genius Ralph Waldo Emerson. Here are our Top Ten Emerson Insights: What is success? To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; That…

Ralph Waldo Emerson (11 – 25)

Ralph Waldo Emerson has formed the core notions of many of our great intellects from the 1800’s. He influenced his American contemporaries, such as Walt Whitman, Henry David Thoreau and William James, as well as notable thinkers the stature of Friedrich Nietzsche, and more recently Harold Bloom and Barack Obama. Once asked to sum up his work, Emerson said his central thought was “the infinitude of the private man.” Here are more of the BGJ’s 100 favourite Emerson quotes (tomorrow our top-ten RWE): Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Character is…

Things we can learn from a dog

  Never pretend to be something you’re not. Avoid biting when a simple growl will do. Run, romp and play daily. Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Be loyal. When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. When it’s in your best interest, always practice obedience. Delight in the simple joy of a long walk. Take naps and always stretch before rising. When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by and nuzzle them gently. When you’re happy, dance around and wag your entire body. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride. No…

Ralph Waldo Emerson (26 – 50)

Through this week By George Journal is posting one hundred of our favourite quotes of Ralph Waldo Emerson – a deep, provocative 19th century author and, we believe, one of the most remarkable of thinkers of our modern age. Here are the next 25 RWE-gems to reflect upon:  The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. The first wealth is health. A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends. Every man passes his life in the search after friendship.…

Ralph Waldo Emerson (51 – 75)

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, poet and lecturer. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a founding father of the Transcendentalist movement (expressed first in his 1836 essay Nature). Emerson authored dozens of published essays and conducted more than 1,500 public lectures across the U.S. through the mid-1800s.  He wrote on the core ideas of individuality, freedom, the ability for humankind to realize almost anything, and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding natural world. Here are 25 more bons mots of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Make yourself necessary to somebody. With the past, I have nothing to…

Ralph Waldo Emerson (76-100)

This week the By George Journal salutes Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), who is argumentatively the greatest, modern day thinker and wordsmith of our ages. Each morning, we will bring readers remarkable quotes from this remarkable man – leading to Friday’s list of our “Top-Ten RWE Insights.” BGJ has chosen a hundred of our favourite gems. Today, here  are 25 of our top-100 Emerson quotes. We can see well into the past; we can guess shrewdly in to the future; but that which is rolled up and muffled in impenetrable folds is today. Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence. The secret of success in society…