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Daemon
Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2016 12:00:00 AM
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Hitch your wagon to a star.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
JMV
Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2016 4:45:07 AM

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Note to TFD: Hitch your wagon to some new quote sources.
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Gold Diggers have been doing this for centuries. With a good divorce attorney, it can be a very profitable enterprise.

P.S., Ditto what JMV said above.
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Any suggestions for those who for some reason don't have any wagon? Hitchhiking a star?
MelissaMe
Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2016 10:11:35 AM

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Daemon wrote:
Hitch your wagon to a star.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Obviously he is speaking metaphorically! Further information is to be found on this site.

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Hitch your wagon to a star

hitch your wagon to a star

Set high goals. The phrase come from an 1862 Ralph Waldo Emerson essay “American Civilization”: “Now that is the wisdom of a man, in every instance of his labor, to hitch his wagon to a star, and see his chore done by the gods themselves. That is the way we are strong, by borrowing the might of the elements. The forces of steam, gravity, galvanism, light, magnets, wind, fire, serve us day by day, and cost us nothing.” It used to be heard among other bit of avuncular or graduation speech advice. Then advice for the future became more specific, like “plastics” in the movie The Graduate. Nowadays, in this economy, your guess is as good as mine.

See also: hitch, star, wagon

Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price

Hitch your wagon to a star.

Prov. Always aspire to do great things.; Do not set pessimistic goals. (From Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay, "Civilization.") The speaker who delivered the high school commencement address challenged the graduating students to hitch their wagons to a star. Bob: What do you want to be when you grow up? Child: I used to want to be a great actor, but my dad told me hardly anybody gets to be an actor, so now I have to pick something else. Bob: Nonsense. If you want to be an actor, then do your best to be an actor. Hitch your wagon to a star!

See also: hitch, star, wagon

McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


So, whatever it is you are doing, aspire to be the best!
mactoria
Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2016 11:13:10 AM
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Simple: find someone who is already a success and follow them, learning their methods for success. If possible, get a success or "star" to be your mentor and learn from them directly the rules of your industry, career, etc.



Message to Daemon: Like so many others have already said: please find some new quotable quoters.
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hmmm
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Daemon wrote:
Hitch your wagon to a star.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


If you wanna travel far...
Fredric Frank Myers
Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2016 1:44:35 PM

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Truer words were never spoken, I will, yes, I will...
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Posted: Saturday, January 23, 2016 5:04:47 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Hitch your wagon to a star.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Only don't pick a quasar.
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