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Daemon
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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Always do what you are afraid to do.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
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Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 1:07:19 AM
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Daemon wrote:
Always do what you are afraid to do.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


...as long as you remember that: ""Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes."" also by Emerson.
Sofia Glinyana
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 1:35:18 AM

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In order to develop ourselves, we have to combat our strongest enemies, and they are our fears.
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Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 1:35:27 AM

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...ALWAYS DO WHAT YOU ARE AFRAID TO DO... it's really hard to be out from your comfort zone but once you do and made it, the feeling of success is so worth it
Vit Babenco
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 3:26:18 AM

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This advice may serve as a shortcut to the prison gates.
Bully_rus
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 3:30:34 AM
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I am afraid there is so many… How to unravel that ravel? Where to start?
Bully_rus
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 4:05:01 AM
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to Vit Babenco

The fear as a portrait or rather fingerprints in your case...
pedro
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 5:18:16 AM
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I think it's a good idea to occasionally do what you are afraid to do, but Emerson's advice is a good way to get yourself killed or sectioned fairly quickly. Those who regularly engage in reckless behaviour are probably suffering from some form of post-traumatic stress disorder, as frequently happens in the military. Any ideas on the context of this quote?
Kusahara
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 5:28:23 AM

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Well, i guess its about making some changes in our lives and somehow not being a creature of habits...
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Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 5:43:34 AM

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If you are fearless then you have nothing to do.
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I know they are rarely taxing but doesn't today's 'Where's Waldo' seems incredibly simple? Whistle
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Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 6:44:29 AM

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The quote in context.
From: Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Essay 8.

HEROISM


The characteristic of heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits, and starts of generosity. But when you have chosen your part, abide by it, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic. Yet we have the weakness to expect the sympathy of people in those actions whose excellence is that they outrun sympathy, and appeal to a tardy justice. If you would serve your brother, because it is fit for you to serve him, do not take back your words when you find that prudent people do not commend you. Adhere to your own act, and congratulate yourself if you have done something strange and extravagant, and broken the monotony of a decorous age. It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, — “Always do what you are afraid to do.” A simple, manly character need never make an apology, but should regard its past action with the calmness of Phocion, when he admitted that the event of the battle was happy, yet did not regret his dissuasion from the battle.


Read the essays here http://classiclit.about.com/library/bl-etexts/rwemerson/bl-rwemer-essays-8.htm
jacobusmaximus
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 6:51:06 AM

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The wife would kill me.
Clairinde
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 7:04:11 AM
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Anxiety, uncertainty and feelings of inferiority are not a stain, a blemisch. - No, it's full of pure energy.
So in a positive and powerful sense go ahead.
NeuroticHellFem
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 8:02:02 AM

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Vit Babenco wrote:
This advice may serve as a shortcut to the prison gates.

Yes, this is a quote that you really do need to take in context. Thanks to the tireless monamagda for providing it.

Challenging oneself is something I believe strengthens the character, but to "Always do what you are afraid to do" is not the same thing.
Joy Gomes
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 11:03:55 AM

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amazing advice
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Fear lives more in our mind than outside. To fight it off we have to combat ourselves to know our strength.
Gary98
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jacobusmaximus wrote:
The wife would kill me.


Following the advise, you should give her the chance. You may make out double fine.
GreenBanana
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 1:20:57 PM

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So, I should hook back up with my psychotic ex who might try to have me killed. Good advice, old dead guy!
Gezbez1
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 1:57:22 PM

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I have a handful of "fears" that I hold onto. On the one part they've taught me to be cautious and more aware. But on the other hand those fears have held me back and made me too self-consious.
Now in my adult life I've made a point to face those fears ... I've learned that they are "things" MY MIND created into monsters. It's a challenging endeavour, and I agree that facing those fears and removing oneself from a comfort zone can be incredibly EMPOWERING, Exhilirating, and relieving.
monamagda
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 2:08:35 PM

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NeuroticHellFem wrote:
Vit Babenco wrote:
This advice may serve as a shortcut to the prison gates.

Yes, this is a quote that you really do need to take in context. Thanks to the tireless monamagda for providing it.

Challenging oneself is something I believe strengthens the character, but to "Always do what you are afraid to do" is not the same thing.


Whistle Dancing
d_marx
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 4:33:37 PM

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Love the writer, love the quote. If it's something that strives to make a person better, more risk is worth it. :)
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Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 6:19:13 PM
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Daemon wrote:
Always do what you are afraid to do.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)



This may prove your fears, in which case you won't do it again, or cure them --in which case you won't need to.Eh?

About Phocion, he had a mind of his own: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/phocion

Fredric-frank Myers
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 6:21:50 PM

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Yes, yes, and yes again. Been there, done that, sometimes more times then I'd like to remember. As a child, my parents and grandparents use to say to me; "Freddie, you go & do things where angles fear to tread...."
doxallday
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 6:41:08 PM

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Vit Babenco wrote:
This advice may serve as a shortcut to the prison gates.


Spot on. Out of context, this could fuel dormant psychopaths to paint their fantasy in reality. I wonder if our good Sir Emerson inspired any so far :D
Carolina Dias
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yes... challenge yourself... I love it!
Becky Nala
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2014 7:21:31 PM
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Doing something daring gives you an adrenalin rush, which keeps the human body on its toes, and ready for action whenever. Doing some things your afraid to do makes you a more adventurous person, and worldly in some type of way. KEEP BEING BALLSY!!!Shhh Applause
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Posted: Saturday, October 18, 2014 6:06:49 PM
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I doubt that Emerson meant "do what you are afraid to do" : at any cost, damned be the consequences, like the do-do would do. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/do-do
Absolutely, do what seems right but don't expect anybody to pay for it if it turns out wrong.
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