Thoughts and Response to “Self-Reliance”

Kevon Wyllie Foundations A.S.U.

08-28-2014 H.W. F.F./S.R.


Thoughts and Response to “Self-Reliance”



“The soul always hears an admonition in such lines, let the subject be what it may. The sentiment they instil is of more value than any thought they may contain.To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, — that is genius.”


-does this quote mean that whatever the soul, heart, or mind has to offer, listen that one more than what others have to say.


“In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. Great works of art have no more affecting lesson for us than this. They teach us to abide by our spontaneous impression with good-humored inflexibility then most when the whole cry of voices is on the other side. Else, to-morrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time, and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another.”


-Basically, the rejected ideas that we don’t want can end up and most likely biting us in the rear end in future. That is very possible to happen.


“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 nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.”


-From time to time, we would usually get jealous of someone else’s work, that the feeling makes us sick to our stomachs. That is a common trait in artist, when they see something that they haven’t thought of and it’s better than their own work.


“Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. Great men have always done so, and confided themselves childlike to the genius of their age, betraying their perception that the absolutely trustworthy was seated at their heart, working through their hands, predominating in all their being.”


-As long as you believe and have faith in yourself, failure is almost impossible.


“These are the voices which we hear in solitude, but they grow faint and inaudible as we enter into the world. Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity.”


-Society is like a double-bladed sword; it may try to hurt others, but it will even hurt itself. In the end, society is it’s own worse enemy.


“Man is timid and apologetic; he is no longer upright; he dares not say ‘I think,’ ‘I am,’ but quotes some saint or sage. He is ashamed before the blade of grass or the blowing rose. These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God to-day. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.”


-A person use words of another whether that person is famous or not. A very common trait to everyone. We would be ashamed of the words that we came up with isn’t good enough.


“Life only avails, not the having lived. Power ceases in the instant of repose; it resides in the moment of transition from a past to a new state, in the shooting of the gulf, in the darting to an aim. This one fact the world hates, that the soul becomes; for that for ever degrades the past, turns all riches to poverty, all reputation to a shame, confounds the saint with the rogue, shoves Jesus and Judas equally aside.”


-Basically, i’m guessing it means that the past actions of one will soon come back to haunt to them. Makes that person feel like trash knowing that they could of done better, when they didn’t.


“The populace think that your rejection of popular standards is a rejection of all standard, and mere antinomianism; and the bold sensualist will use the name of philosophy to gild his crimes. But the law of consciousness abides. There are two confessionals, in one or the other of which we must be shriven. You may fulfil your round of duties by clearing yourself in the direct, or in the reflex way.”


-By not following one’s path, that person would be considered an outsider, or an outcast to society. I can definitely relate to that. The problem however is how if you decide to follow them, it might not mix in well with your personality, and make look like a regular follower.


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