Halley gets blogrolled for pointing me to a wonderful Emerson essay:

Self-Reliance

“There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the

conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he

must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though

the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can

come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which

is given to him to till.”