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How do you interpret this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson?

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Asked by MamaK88 at 12:16 PM on Nov. 9, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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Answers (14)
  • Discover new things and question everything. Without curiosity and taking unknown paths there is no progress.

    Answer by BeaMoore at 3:04 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • do not be a follower, create your own destiny

    Answer by waleb1002 at 12:18 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • Make your life your own, dont be a a leader.

    Answer by Amaranth361 at 12:35 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • make your own choices, explore something new

    Answer by san78 at 3:56 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • Personally, I would wonder why there's no path to begin with.


    Answer by momto2boys973 at 5:32 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • I like it. To me it says not to just walk through life doing what everyone else does or going where everyone else goes (to use the metaphor of the path), but to trust yourself in finding your own way, to leave an impression (in the way of creating a trail that is totally new). It kind of makes me think of going outside of what is ordinary and leaving our mark on others, being an inspiration of some kind, by leaving that trail for them to find and follow, or to encourage them to make their own. :)

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 9:49 AM on Nov. 10, 2010

  • Make your own Legacy

    Answer by mommieGem at 12:18 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • Be adventurous and be a leader not a follower.

    Answer by elizabr at 12:57 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • dont be afraid to be yourself and make your life the way you want it...not the way others want you to live.

    Answer by okmanders at 2:10 PM on Nov. 9, 2010

  • Don't be a follow, but be you own person.or be a leader

    Answer by HomeAlone45 at 7:16 PM on Nov. 9, 2010