Essays and English Traits
P.F. Collier, 1909 - 474 pàgines
Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 23, 1803. He toured Europe, passing through Italy, Switzerland, and France to Britain, and visiting Landor, Coleridge, Wordsworth, and most important of all, Carlyle, with whom he laid the foundation of a life-long friendship. At the time of Emerson's death, he was recognized as the foremost writer and thinker of his country. The spirit and ideas which constitute the essence of his teaching are fully expressed in the essays contained in this volume and belong to the earlier half of his literary activity. This one volume provides a complete view of the philosophy of one of the greatest American thinkers.
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Pàgina 24 - We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds.
Pàgina 61 - A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
Pàgina 61 - To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, — that is genius. Speak your latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense ; for the inmost in due time becomes the outmost, and our first thought is rendered back to us by the trumpets of the Last Judgment.
Pàgina 189 - CHARACTER The sun set; but set not his hope: Stars rose; his faith was earlier up: Fixed on the enormous galaxy, Deeper and older seemed his eye: And matched his sufferance sublime The taciturnity of time. He spoke, and words more soft than rain Brought the Age of Gold again: His action won such reverence sweet, As hid all measure of the feat...
Pàgina 62 - Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.
Pàgina 23 - Every thing that tends to insulate the individual — to surround him with barriers of natural respect, so that each man shall feel the world is his, and man shall treat with man as a sovereign state with a sovereign state ; — tends to true union as well as greatness. " I learned," said the melancholy Pestalozzi, " that no man in God's wide earth is either willing or able to help any other man.
Pàgina 79 - ... idolatries and customs out of the window, we pity him no more but thank and revere him — and that teacher shall restore the life of man to splendor and make his name dear to all history.
Pàgina 21 - I ask not for the great, the remote, the romantic ; what is doing in Italy or Arabia; what is Greek art, or Provencal minstrelsy ; I embrace the common, I explore and sit at the feet of the "familiar, the low.
Pàgina 179 - These are auxiliaries to the centrifugal tendency of a man, to his passage out into free space, and they help him to escape the custody of that body in which he is pent up, and of that jail-yard of individual relations in which he is enclosed.
Pàgina 74 - Yet see what strong intellects dare not yet hear God himself unless he speak the phraseology of I know not what David, or Jeremiah, or Paul. We shall not always set so great a price on a few texts, on a few lives. We are like children who repeat by rote the sentences of grandames and tutors, and? as they grow older, of the men of talents and character they chance to see, — painfully recollecting the exact words they spoke ; afterwards, when they come into the point of view which those had who uttered...