Tag Archives: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Increasing our skills at conversation

“In good conversation parties don’t speak to the words, but to the meanings of each other.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) I truly love getting to know people. I don’t mean just getting to know the outward facts about them, like their … Continue reading

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January 17 – Letting go in times of sorrow

January 17. “Sorrow makes us all children again, destroys all difference of intellect. The wisest knows nothing.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) I am not a person who is often without words. Usually I can talk about anything, with anyone. I can … Continue reading

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November 19 – Make the most of yourself

November 19. “Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Back in the 1980s there was a series of commercials for the US Army, with the tag line “Be all that you … Continue reading

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June 30 – Enthusiasm at the halfway point of the year.

 “Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Enthusiasm is the force within me that drives me to do deeds great and small. When that force is high, I can achieve nearly anything, when it is low, I … Continue reading

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April 20 – Honor

“Ability without honor has no value.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) In Emerson’s time during the 19th century there was a high value placed on the idea that ladies and gentlemen of society did things with honor. This meant that there was … Continue reading

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April 13 – Methods and Principles

“If you learn only methods, you’ll be tied to your methods. But if you learn principles you can devise your own methods.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) Last year I was taking a train-the-trainer session for a class that was being rolled … Continue reading

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March 26 – Struggling to understand an Emerson quote

 “If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) This quote is hard for me to grasp today. As I sit here to write I am struggling with whether I completely believe the metaphor … Continue reading

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