The first sentence of "Self-Reliance" by Emerson serves to initiate the theme of being true to one's self through originality and unconventionality. The painter has written verses to this effect. Within this same paragraph, Emerson goes on to expand on this idea. He suggests that we need to look within ourselves, to "believe your own thought," if we are to truly find the spark of genius within ourselves. Emerson cautions us not to look towards bards or sages for answers to life's questions, but to look within, for each of us has the ability to formulate original thinking and ideas. He also tells us not to ignore our own ideas, for it is within our own mind that brilliance can be found. Lastly, he warns us to believe in our own thoughts, or tomorrow we may hear ideas echoed by a stranger. Thus, the painter's verses support Emerson's ideals.