Under the cut, quotes from Emerson's essays that I found particularly brilliant.
"Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight, and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs?"
"I am the lover of uncontained and immortal beauty."
"Who can set bounds to the possibilities of man?"
--all from "Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
"There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nouring corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till."
"Not for nothing one face, one character, one fact makes much impression on him, and another none."
"And we are now men, and must accept in the highest mind the same transcendent destiny; and not minors and invalids in a protected corner, not cowards fleeing before a revolution, but guides, redeemers, and benefactors...advancing on Chaos and the Dark...."
"...Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members."
"Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness...."
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines."
"Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today."
"Is it so bad to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileom and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood."
--from "Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
That's all for now.