Sunday, November 24, 2013


Small Mercies

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), "Experience," in Essays: Second Series (Boston: James Munro and Company, 1844), p. 65:
To fill the hour,—that is happiness; to fill the hour, and leave no crevice for a repentance or an approval.
Id., pp. 65-66:
Since our office is with moments, let us husband them. Five minutes of today are worth as much to me. as five minutes in the next millennium.
Id., p. 67:
I am thankful for small mercies. I compared notes with one of my friends who expects everything of the universe, and is disappointed when anything is less than the best, and I found that I begin at the other extreme, expecting nothing, and am always full of thanks for moderate goods.

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