In other words, the quotation says, rely on yourself.
In other words, the quotation says, rely on yourself.Emerson follows the Latin quotation with an English quotation from the epilogue of a verse drama by playwrights Franics Beaumont and John Fletcher, contemporaries of Shakespeare.
The sentiment they instil [Emerson's spelling of instill] is of more value than any thought they may contain.
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men,that is genius.
If the government adopted a policy or a law that offended their consciences, they generally reacted strongly.
Transcendentalism, as Emersons moral philosophy was called, did not originate with him or his fellow transcendentalists in New England but with the German philosopher Emanuel Kant.
Because Emerson and his fellow transcendentalists trusted their own inner light as a moral guiding force, they were possessed of a fierce spirit of self-reliance.
Essay On Self Reliance Summary
They were individualists; they liked to make decisions for themselves.
One may liken this inborn knowledge to conscience or intuition.
that is, they believed that this inner knowledge was a higher, transcendent form of knowledge than that which came through the senses.
In 1844, Emerson published a second collection, Essays: Second Series.
Consequently, in 1847, he changed the title of the first collection to Essays: First Series.