forced to take with shame our own opinion from another

4 12 2008

“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, tomorrow 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.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance” (1841)

Mas o mérito não está em ter a idéia mas sim ter imaginação suficiente para visualizar o pensamento transformado em realidade, coragem para encarar o risco de um possível vexame e disciplina e talento para colocá-la em prática.