Variation : If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, though he builds his house in the woods the world will make a beaten path to his door.
Investigations have failed to confirm this in Emerson's writings John H. Also reported as a misattribution in Paul F.
Boller, Jr. Note that Emerson did say, as noted above, "I trust a good deal to common fame, as we all must. If a man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods". When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
This phrase is found in remarks attributed to Charles A. Beard in Arthur H.
Possibly confused with a passage in "Illusions" in which Emerson discusses his experience in the "Star Chamber": "our lamps were taken from us by the guide, and extinguished or put aside, and, on looking upwards, I saw or seemed to see the night heaven thick with stars glimmering more or less brightly over our heads, and even what seemed a comet flaming among them.
All the party were touched with astonishment and pleasure.
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Some crystal specks in the black ceiling high overhead, reflecting the light of a half—hid lamp, yielded this magnificent effect. Brown, p. What lies behind us and what lies ahead of us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. The phrase was misattributed because the true author's name was initially withheld. In addition, the assignment of the maxim to a more prestigious individual, e.
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The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. Jackson Brown Jr. No known source in Emerson's works; first found as a piece of anonymous folk-wisdom in a newspaper column: Every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness. Wikipedia has an article about: Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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