That which is individual & remains individual in my experience is of no value. What is fit to engage me & so engage others permanently, is what has put off its weeds of time & place & personal relation. Therefore all that befals me in the way of criticism & extreme blame & praise drawing me out of equilibrium, — putting me for a time in false position to people, & disallowing the spontaneous sentiments, wastes my time, the reads me of thoughts, & shuts me up within poor personal considerations. Therefore I hate to be conspicuous for blame or praise. It spoils thought.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks 7:65