The essay “Self Reliance” has become one of the best literary essays in American
Literature. Written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self Reliance” is full of individualism and has
been part of one of the most influential essays ever. In this essay revisited, I will explore two of
the many passages that Emerson’s has placed in this epic essay, so that we can explore the
literary work deeper, and understand it better.
“To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart, is
true for all men,-that is genius’. This passage is inspiring to me because what he is saying to me
is that if you believe in yourself, and believe what you are doing is right, what everybody else
thinks is irrelevant. You are the only person living for you, so for you to live your life to the
fullest, is well, genius!
The second passage that I came upon that was meaningful to me was: “Trust thyself:
every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine Providence has found for you;
the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events”. This passage is very powerful. To
me, this passage means to always trust yourself. Never doubt what you feel is best for you,
because if no one else has your best interest at heart, you do. And always accept the path that is
given to you, or the path that you have chosen for yourself. Always live to make your life the
best that it can be!
Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay