Friday, April 12, 2013

Emerson: Expecting Nothing

I compared notes with one of my friends who expects everything of the universe, and is disappointed when anything is less than the best, and I found that I begin at the other extreme, expecting nothing, and am always full of thanks for moderate goods. I accept the clangor and jangle of contrary tendencies. 

--R. W. Emerson, from "Experience"


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    1. Emerson is great in so many ways--I can't fully agree with him in some areas, but he can be incredibly profound, and always entertaining.