'How pleasant it is to spend an evening in this way! I declare that after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.' No one made any reply. She then yawned again, threw aside her book, and cast her eyes round the room in quest of some amusement. — from Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen (1775-1817)
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May 25, 2012

Sage advice



According to The Writer's Almanac, today is Ralph Waldo Emerson's 209th birthday.  I felt tortured by having to read him in college, but I've always enjoyed reading about 'The Sage of Concord' and his group of friends.

They also quoted these lines, which I kept tucked into my desk drawer at my old job:

"Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."



3 comments:

JoAnn said...

Truly a wise man - I've long been a fan of that quote!

everybookandcranny said...

I need to remember this more often. Thanks for sharing the quote.
Cheers,
Nicki

Nan said...

Oh, Emerson. He gets it so right. I have so much by him, and his biography but haven't picked anything up in a long time.

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