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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (continued) – 20 April 2007
By Mary T. Hoffman

Here are some of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quotations that offer good advice and some food for thought:

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”

“Character is higher than intellect... A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think.”

“Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”

“A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.”

“The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.”

“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.”

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