• by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Narrated by Kurt Andersen, Joyce Bean
  • 1 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Redefining the classic essay, this modern edition of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s most famous work, Self-Reliance, includes self-reflections from both historical and contemporary luminaries. With quotes from the likes of Henry Ford and Helen Keller to modern-day thought leaders like Jesse Dylan, Steve Pressfield, and Milton Glaser, we're reminded of the relevance of Emerson’s powerful words today. Emerson’s words are timeless. Persuasive and convincing, he challenges readers to define their own sense of accomplishment and asks them to measure themselves against their own standards, not those of society. This famous orator has utter faith in individualism and doesn’t invoke beyond what is humanly possible, he just believes deeply that each of us is capable of greatness. He asks us to define that greatness for ourselves and to be true to ourselves. At times harsh, at times comforting, Emerson’s words guide the reader to challenge their own beliefs and sense of self. This modern edition of Self-Reliance is ideal for graduates or those who are in the midst of a career or lifestyle change. Emerson's sage guidance wrapped in modern-day reflections is a great reminder about the potential within us all and that life is what you make of it.


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Narcissism Without Bound

Libertarians will find much to like in this book. Emerson is totally self-absorbed and the philosophy he espouses in this essay offers no sense of social responsibility. I found the essay to be tiresome, since it can quickly be summed up as the philosophy of "Me."
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- Mitch "Mitch"

Must re listen to this a few time! Classic

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The first couple times it's hard to get the full message. Re listen for the best results

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- Dion

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-25-2011
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio