I thought you guys would already upload one of your quotes that stood out for you while reading the "Self-Reliance" But I guess not, so let's share the quotes that you had in your minds even though we already discussed in class yesterday.
My quote was "To be great is to be misunderstood." This is what I wrote on my note: Great people come up with new ideas are considered as crazy and are misunderstood by the society just because they're different and unique. However, they're considered as great people, especially now, since they're immortalized by their unique creations and the fact that they thought differently make them smart and great.
". . . if I am the Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil." I will live as the person I am; if I am the devil's child, then I will live as the devil's child. No external force could bend me away from who I truly am.
I chose the same quote. "To be great is to be misunderstood." I first thought a lot of people tend to misunderstand the things that are looking weird but that are acutally helpful deep inside. They just tend to look the outside and not the inside. But I also came with an idea of how it is saying that don't let the failures get you down. At first, it could be misunderstood but it will become the great later. Idk haha
Post by ExtremelyExtremeExtremist on Apr 21, 2013 6:08:44 GMT -5
¡°Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.¡± It means that people should follow their instinct and don¡¯t always follow majority. If they always follow the majority, they will depend heavily on them, there will be no individual opinion, and there will be no more development (because it is only focused on majorities¡¯ matters; not individual). However, I think that they have to keep a balance between individual opinion and majority because majority will view them as insane people if they rely on themselves.
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Ony and I were the partners for the quote sharing and we shared what Ony picked during the class. I have two more quotes that other people had already mentioned during the discussion. One of them was, "It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion, it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude..." This quote is saying that it's easy for a person to follow what other people do because they won't say anything because they all think what they are doing is normal. However, the quote argues that true great man is he who lives with other people but only follows what he/she believes in.
" it is easy to live after the world's opinion; it is easy to solitude to live after our own; but the great mam is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude..." I chose this quote because this totally supports transcendentalism. I think this quote means that it is easy to follow the world, but not your own instinct. It also says that when you follow your own opinions, you will be lonely and nobody will stand up for you.
Well, I agree with Woojung as well, I believe 'iron string' here refers to firm belief on something. Because if it meant majority, the sentence means like every heart is swayed by majority, which doesn't make sense. Also Before that, it says 'Trust thyself' and :. This shows that sentence before and after is the same meaning or at least agreeable.
My quote is "No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature,. Goof and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution; the only wrong that is against it." This perfectly fits into Luke's problem of should he cross the road. The law is up to you. Only law that you believe is good. And there is not even standard of good and bad. It's just treated good and bad because people considers them like that. It is actually small difference between them. So it is up to you if the law is right or wrong, if it is good or bad.
Post by woojongpark on Apr 22, 2013 10:44:59 GMT -5
Oh, I forgot to post my own quote. My favorite one was "Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution; the only wrong what is against it..." I think this quote means the society chooses what is right or wrong (or makes the distinction between good and bad). I like the part where Emmerson describes good and bad as readily transferable, because it fits into our society very well. Like what he said, the people are fickle and change their minds very quickly. When they think something is good, they would change their opinions and say it is bad soon, and vice versa.
The quote that I selected is "There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide." I think that this quote is refurring that people who don't follow their own thoughts are being jealous and that copying others is a foolish act.
Post by nadiraamalina on Jun 3, 2013 7:07:02 GMT -5
My quote's the same as Jisu's, oops. "envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide."
Basically, it means that if you get jealous of someone and want to adopt their traits, you discard your own traits, the things that make you you, in favor of someone else's traits. And when your traits are replaced, they disappear. Or die. And you kill them. Since those traits are part of you, and you have just killed them, this is basically suicide.