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In this definitive collection of essays, including the poignant title essay "Self-Reliance," Ralph Waldo Emerson expounds on the importance of trusting your soul, as well as divine providence, to carve out a life. A firm believer in nonconformity, Emerson celebrates the individual and stresses the value of listening to the inner voice unique to each of us - even when it defies society's expectations.

Self-Reliance and Other Essays is the perfect companion for those who have marched to the beat of a different drummer and wish to better understand the transcendentalist leader's groundbreaking philosophy to find personal fulfillment.

AmazonClassics brings you timeless works from iconic authors. Ideal for anyone who wants to read a great work for the first time or revisit an old favorite, these new editions open the door to the stories and ideas that have shaped our world.

Revised edition: Previously published as Self-Reliance and Other Essays, this edition of Self-Reliance and Other Essays (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.

Public Domain (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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This book is like a series of great quotes!

You could listen 200 times and hear something different each time. It can be a bit wordy and with the older language and sayings used, you may have to go back to figure out what you just heard.

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I always love these Amazon Classics!

If you are always on the quest to embellish your communication flow, I recommend these Amazon Classics; The writers are luminaries in the respective fields.

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reads like poetry

enjoy this very much I will be listening to it again. It is Rich with meaning illustrates a marvelous facility with language

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buncha transcendentalist nonsense

people seem to really like this guy and his writing. idk. buncha transcendentalist nonsense in my opinion. pretty words but not much factual evidence.

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I can in no way recommend this book.

I find Emerson's philosophy to be very narrow. A bitter lazy man trying to convince us and himself he is happy and has something of value to offer.

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