"What makes us extraordinary, often makes us lonely." AUTHOR??

Question:It sounds like this, but not exactly... Please help.




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After much reflection, I believe this has to be a rewrite of a thought by Thomas Merton; however, I have not been able to find the exact quote. Here is something close:

"Yet it is in this loneliness that the deepest activities begin. It is here that you discover act without motion, labor that is profound repose, vision in obscurity, and, beyond all desire, a fulfillment whose limits extend to infinity." ~Thomas Merton

I've just come across this quote from Emerson:

"What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because 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; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great person is one who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here's one more:

"One cannot be creative without being out there and alone; the extent of the aloneness depends on the extent of the creativity. The more creative the act, the more completely alone one is." - Charles F. Wetherall

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