Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Alone in a Crowded Room



"What I must do is all that concerns me, not what other people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but a great man is he who in the midst of a crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)