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IN THIS WORLD, BEING YOURSELF IS AN ACCOMPLISHMENT

by riley harrison

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”  

Oscar Wilde
                                                                                                                            

 I love to read and often get humbled by the words of others who say so perfectly what I struggle to express. Here is an example by Petrarch (a 14th century Italian  scholar and poet, and one of the earliest humanists.  Petrarch is often called the “Father of Humanism – Humanism is a philosophy and perspective which emphasizes the value of human beings.):

 The goal of reading is not to make oneself sound exactly like someone more articulate and famous, even if that were possible. “I much prefer that my own style be my own,” Petrarch wrote, “uncultivated and rude, but made to fit, as a garment, to the measure of my mind, rather than to someone else’s, which may be more elegant, ambitious, and adorned, but one that, deriving from a greater genius, continually slips off, unfitted to the humble proportions of my intellect.”

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