Monday, February 17, 2020


Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), "Social Aims," Letters and Social Aims = Complete Works, Vol. VIII (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1904), pp. 79-107 (at 98):
Shun the negative side. Never worry people with your contritions, nor with dismal views of politics or society. Never name sickness: even if you could trust yourself on that perilous topic, beware of unmuzzling a valetudinarian, who will soon give you your fill of it.

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