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    Posted: May 27 2013 at 1:47am





  this makes my heart ache




Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “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.” 

Shel Silverstein’s illustration, “The Thinker of Tender Thoughts,” perfectly captures the difficulties of staying true to oneself when face-to-face with the world. The most tender thoughts, though carefully cultivated and privately adored, once exposed to the public, may become subject to our intrinsic capacity  for self-destruction. So I urge you, as did Emerson and Silverstein, to remember the independence of solitude. Listen to public opinion but don’t let it destroy you. Sometimes, the public, whether it be the public at large, your friends and family or an editor, may lend you new eyes through which to enhance your art. Which is great. But sometimes, your immediate public just won’t get it. And that’s okay. If you stay true to yourself and your craft, you’ll find the public that does.

On a side note, make sure to visit Shel’s website. It has amazing features for kids, 


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*gasp*

thank you so much for posting bindy!!

love shel silverstein!!
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Will forever love that man
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I loved his books as a kid. Now I read them to my son.
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that emerson quote is one of my favorites.
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+1 love it
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I would laugh too if I saw weeds come out of someone's head......


Yeah that's not the point but whatever lol
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Yesss! This brought me back to my childhood...

Where the Sidewalk Ends is one of my all time fave books
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