“The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul. This every man is entitled to; this every man contains within him, although, in almost all men, obstructed, and as yet unborn. The soul active sees absolute truth; and utters truth, or creates. In this action, it is genius; not the privilege of here and there a favorite, but the sound estate of every man. In its essence, it is progressive. The book, the college, the school of art, the institution of any kind, stop with some past utterance of genius. This is good, say they, — let us hold by this. They pin me down. They look backward and not forward. But genius looks forward: the eyes of man are set in his forehead, not in his hindhead: man hopes: genius creates.”
The American Scholar – Emerson’s 1837 oration.
- I am a 25-year old graduate student living in New York. I love twilight (the time of day), dinner al fresco, live blues, laughing with the people I care about, and exploring good books and good photographs. This blog is meant to be a collection of thoughts as I myself undergo and watch my friends navigate our mid-twenties. It will be my documentation of the things that inspire, motivate, surprise, and elate me as I try to prevent a quarter-life crisis and enjoy these rather unpredictable years.
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