Day three of the three day quote challenge is here. Selecting the quotes for today was more difficult than for the other two days – there were so many quotes to choose from, all deserving to be posted and expressed. I knew there would be another quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson; but choosing the two quotes that would accompany Emerson took time. As for the bloggers I’ve chosen to invite to take part in the challenge, I may have managed to find a way to cheat, while still observing the rules of the challenge (more on this in a bit) :-)
As with Friedrich Nietzsche, Emerson is a fascination of mine. I admire the Transcendentalist Movement of the 19th Century, and am happy to see in more and more places that at least some of the principles of this movement are being reevaluated as being practical solutions for today’s problems. In particular, with regards to Emerson, I admire time and again his emphasis on Nature and self-reliance. Someone else who admired Emerson was Henry David Thoreau – “Walden” was written while Thoreau lived in solitude on property owned by Emerson, and it was Emerson as much as anyone else who encouraged Thoreau to write. This is part of the reason why I decided to include a quote from Thoreau for today. Jonathan Swift is, despite having been an absolute master of the written word, not necessarily one of my favorite reads … the quote from him that I have included for today is based on the merit of the quote and how appropriately it passes to the other quotes, more than it is based on him as an individual.
Regarding the ‘cheat’ for selecting bloggers for today, it just so happens that there are two bloggers who co-author a blog that seems to specialize in wise and profound quotes … my guess is, these two bloggers already know who they are, too ;-) Considering the blog, I find myself even more curious to know just which quotes are their personal favorites. With that all having been said, here (finally!) are the quotes I selected for today:
“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau
“People only see what they are prepared to see.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” – Jonathan Swift
The three bloggers I would like to invite to take the challenge for today are:
I would like to thank Sepultura 13 again, for having invited me to take part in something that was a lot of fun!