Ralph Waldo Emerson

I was watching the latest Indiana Jones movie the other night, and heard a quote that I had to track down. And sure enough, it was from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“How much of human life is lost in waiting.”

It’s a mistake I make all the time, and one that never works in my favor. (Well, except when I moved to Washington State and put off renewing my drivers license long enough that they stopped requiring the driving part of the test, and I only had to take the written test.) I’m going to try and remember this quote in the coming days, and maybe even change the way I approach things. Life is too short as it is; I don’t want to waste any more of it waiting for – well, stupid stuff.

Anyway, I found a few more of his quotes in the process, and all bear repeating.

“Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.”

“What you are comes to you.”

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.”

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children…to leave the world a better place…to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”

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4 Responses to Ralph Waldo Emerson

  1. Richard says:

    What was that, again? You said your name was “Godot”?

    Seems I’ve been waiting for you………

    • LH says:

      Oh, I love Richards reply! I’m going to say It every day!

      • Beth says:

        Richard is full of them, LH. All you can do is sit back and watch, and listen, and learn. 🙂

        • Richard says:

          Very kind, my dear(s)? –

          However – all this wit and wisdom is at the expense of so many things…….we don’t always do good – and we don’t always live up to our own standards. What we can do, is , from time to time, a couple little things that mean much to those close and little to those who cannot see.

          Yes, Beth – Vermont – hammered. Many of Maureen and my friends, lost a lot just to our west – while we had nary a drop in the basement. And day in and day out – it is small things. Like waiting…….perhaps not for who – not for what – but for the next thing we do that is right and good.

          Maybe we have to stop thinking it is supposed to be a big thing – and just little ones – they do add up, ya know.

          Now – who are you waiting to do a little thing for today?

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