He was actually the closest book to me when I read about yet another senseless blog chain (open the nearest book to you on page 161 and read the 5th complete phrase). Like all senseless things, this one had an unexpected result – a good one.
Here is a bit of Mr. Emerson’s wisdom for your Sunday (the 5th phrase by itself wouldn’t do it justice so here is the whole paragraph):
“A few anecdotes, a few traits of character, manners, face, a few incidents have an emphasis in your memory out of all proportion to their apparent significance, if you measure them by the ordinary standards. They relate to your gift. Let them have their weight, and do not reject them and cast about for illustration and facts more usual in literature. Respect them, for they have their origin in deepest nature. What your heart thinks great, is great. The soul’s emphasis is always right.”
From Essays and Poems by Ralph Waldo Emerson – From the essay “Spiritual Laws”