How can I explain this quote by Emerson "life is not intellectual or critical, but sturdy".how can i use examples and what could it be a good topic sentence?

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pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

What he's trying to say here is that you shouldn't spend a lot of time trying to think about stuff or whine about stuff, but rather take everything as it comes, deal with what life gives you.  In this same passage, he speaks well of people "who can enjoy what they find, without questioning."

As far as examples go... it's easier for me to think about examples of not whining or criticizing.  I bet you can think of things in your own experience where you can see that it's better to just deal with stuff than to waste energy complaining.

As for not thinking, the only thing I can think (LOL) of is the idea that you can paralyze yourself by overthinking things rather than just going with what you feel.

Good topic sentence?  Depends on what your essay is about.  I'd say something like "People often make themselves unhappy by thinking too much and worrying too much."

caseymmcdaniel | Student

Here is the remainder of the quote you posted by Ralph Emerson:  "Life is not intellectual or critical, but sturdy. Its chief good is for well-mixed people who can enjoy what they find, without question."

I love quotes because they are up to interpretation.   To me, Emerson is revealing two ideas:  1) Acceptance and 2) Balance.

One must not over-think and worry about the little things in life, you must accept them.  One also must be well-balanced and find enjoyment in many different activities in life. 

Here are some ideas for examples and topic sentences:  "big picture,"  "blind faith,"  "everything happens for a reason," "strength," or "don't sweat the small stuff."

Good luck! 

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