day 55: a passage from a book that has touched you
“A foolish consistency is the hobglobin of little minds adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day — ‘Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.’ — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.” ~ Emerson, in Self Reliance
This is the only passage that really made me think differently. I don’t know about touching me emotionally, but it certainly enlightened me. Why should I be afraid to contradict myself? I can think one thing yesterday and change my opinions today.
And it also helped me get over my fear of misunderstandings.