"What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. 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."
— Essays, Series 1 (Self Reliance)
, Ralph Waldo Emerson. (via ziegfeld-girl
I am now 4 followers away from 50, and I would greatly appreciate it if someone (four someones to be precise) would help me out here.
The price we pay to feed our narcissism