1: "Else, to-morrow a stranger will say with masterly good sense precisely what we have thought and felt all the time, and we shall be forced to take with shame our own opinion from another." | One should form their own ideas and have their own originality. | got originality?
2: "We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents." | You have to go all or nothing, and not be afraid of divine inspiration.
3: "Trust thyself; every heart vibrates to that iron string." | You have to trust your choices and not be afraid to act upon your beliefs.
4: "Infancy conforms to nobody: all conform to it, so that one babe commonly makes four or fie out of the adults who prattle and play to it." | You have to be child-like and speak your mind, because then you won't care about how others perceive you.
5: Society influences us to shun our individuality. Live your life the way you please no matter how people perceive their origin. | "Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members."
6: "Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it" | Good and evil are just relative to individuals, people make their own decisions.
7: No one should judge how right or wrong an action is or isn't. | "Their works are done as an apology or extenuation of their living in the world, -- as invalids and the insane pay a high board. Their virtues are penances. I do not wish to expiate, but to live."
8: It is better to be unique and an individual, rather than to be a conformist. | "It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude."
9: "Meantime nature is not slow to equip us in the prison-uniform of the party to which we adhere." | We don't show our true emotions around those we should feel most comfortable with.
10: No matter our external emotions they are not how we truly feel. | "But the sour faces of the multitude, like their sweet faces, have no deep cause, but are put on and off as the wind blows and a newspaper directs."
11: "It seems to be a rule of wisdom never to rely on your memory alone, scarcely even in acts of pure memory, but to bring the past for judgment into the thousand-eyed present, and live ever in a new day." | It is most wise to act upon the present and the future from experiences in the past.
12: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do." | The weak minded are fools in their mistakes by repeatedly failing. Those in less restricted states of mind are capable of moving mountains.
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