The quote “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” stood out to me the most in Emerson passage. This passage says a lot in very little words. I agree that envy, which we all know as jealousy, starts to become ignorance. Nobody wants to be known as a person who always envies someone. When you get older, you realize how ignorant and childish a person is behind being jealous. Portraying to be something and someone you’re not only results in giving up on who you really are. Imitating something or someone else is only killing you. Loving yourself through the good and the bad can only make you stronger.
Another quote I enjoyed and can relate to is “A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best”. We all can live by this quote and relate to this quote in so many ways. A lot of people are passionate about their work and what they do. When you put your all into your work it makes you proud and feel like you’ve done a good work. It’s also about thinking positive which helps allow you to do your best and put your best foot forward. Even if nobody acknowledges your work, you know that you’ve done your best and at the end of the day you can go on feeling relieved and happy.
Bryant, J. (2013). Introduction to American Literature Pearson Custom Library of American Literature. Boston, MA.