Ralph Waldo Emerson quote about curiosity from Self-Reliance - The power men possess to annoy me, I give them by a weak curiosity. No man can come near me but through my act.
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The power men possess to annoy me, I give them by a weak curiosity. No man can come near me but through my act.
 Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance (1841). copy citation

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Author Ralph Waldo Emerson
Source Self-Reliance
Topic curiosity distraction annoyance
Date 1841
Language English
Reference in "Essays: First Series"
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Weblink https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Essays:_First_Series/Self-Reliance

Context

“At times the whole world seems to be in conspiracy to importune you with emphatic trifles. Friend, client, child, sickness, fear, want, charity, all knock at once at thy closet door, and say,— `Come out unto us.' But keep thy state; come not into their confusion. The power men possess to annoy me, I give them by a weak curiosity. No man can come near me but through my act. "What we love that we have, but by desire we bereave ourselves of the love."
If we cannot at once rise to the sanctities of obedience and faith, let us at least resist our temptations; let us enter into the state of war, and wake Thor and Woden, courage and constancy, in our Saxon breasts.” source

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