The quote I chose is from the works of Henry Longfellow in the poem The Chambered Nautilus, the line I took from it is “its webs of living gauze no more unfurl.” This line has a lot of meaning and power behind it. “Its webs of living gauze,” sounds like a human’s body in a way. The gauze could be like our organs and a nautilus’s shell could be like our bodies protecting our organs. The Chambered Nautilus is a very inspirational poem because life is in anything and Henry Longfellow found it in a dead sea creature he found on the beach. The line is more deep than it sounds “no more unfurl” means the nautilus was unrolled out of its shell, isn’t that sort of the same as when humans die? We can no longer provide health and healing to ourselves when we die, and the nautilus can’t survive without his “body,” or shell. Sure we can live through a lot more than this sea creature can, but are we really that much different from it? We go through life thinking about what we need to do and when and how to do it. However this creature travels around the world without having a worry in the world except for one thing survival. This is exactly what people still worry about today is survival so in reality that’s all we should really worry about not the other stresses in like like when bills are due, or how much you do in a day. Its surviving and keeping your body or “shell” protected and healthy. This is what Henry Longfellow is trying to show us we focus too much on what “needs” to be done instead of worrying about the health of our bodies.
Ralph Waldo Emerson was the one of the transcendentalist thinkers. He believed that being yourself is one of the most important things in our lives. He wrote in the Self-Reliance, “What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.” This quote is important for me because it showed me that I must be myself no matter what people think. Most of the people in my culture believe that what people think matters, and if you act like yourself people will judge you; they exclude you from the society. However I must be myself and show the people that is not right. If people would start to be themselves the world would be a better place to live. A lot of teenagers just like me cannot express themselves and it even causes suicides. I must do what I believe is right. If I do not do what I think is right, then it wouldn’t be my own life. After Emerson wrote this quote he wrote, “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.” If you worry about what other people think about you or your decisions, you will never be happy and you will always be under a shadow. If you let others choose for you; you will never be able to live their life. Emerson made me realize I have to be strong and brave to do what I want to do.