The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays, 2d series

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1903
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Page 73 - It is very unhappy, but too late to be helped, the discovery we have made that we exist.' That discovery is called the Fall of Man. Ever afterwards we suspect our instruments. We have learned that we do not see directly, but mediately, and that we have no means of correcting
Page 13 - Nature offers all her creatures to him as a picture-language. Being used as a type, a second wonderful value appears in the object, far better than its old value ; as the carpenter's stretched cord, if you hold your ear close enough, is musical in the breeze. " Things more excellent than every image,
Page 169 - VI NATURE THE rounded world is fair to see, Nine times folded in mystery: Though baffled seers cannot impart The secret of its laboring heart, Throb thine with Nature's throbbing breast, And all is clear from east to west. .Spirit that lurks each form within Beckons to spirit of its kin; Self-kindled every atom glows, And hints the future which it owes.
Page 4 - Orpheus, Empedocles, Heraclitus, Plato, Plutarch, Dante, Swedenborg, and the masters of sculpture, picture and poetry. For we are not pans and barrows, nor even porters of the fire and torch-bearers, but children of the fire, made of it, and only the same divinity transmuted and at two or three removes, when we know least about it.
Page 123 - Frivolous and fantastic additions have got associated with, the name, but the steady interest of mankind in it must be attributed to the valuable properties which it designates. An element which unites all the most forcible persons of every country, makes them intelligible and agreeable to each other, and is somewhat so precise that it
Page 17 - mystics ! Beyond this universality of the symbolic language, we are apprised of the divineness of this superior use of things, whereby the world is a temple whose walls are covered with emblems, ' pictures and commandments of the Deity, — in this, that there is no fact in nature which
Page 206 - will always follow persons ; that the highest end of government is the culture of men ; and that if men can be educated, the institutions will share their improvement and the moral sentiment will write the law of the land. If it be not easy to settle the equity of this question, the peril is less when we
Page 29 - reports the whole catalogue of common daily relations through the masquerade of birds and beasts ; — we take the cheerful hint of the immortality of our essence and its versatile habit and escapes, as when the gypsies say of themselves " it is in vain to hang them, they cannot die.
Page 36 - aid myself to fix the idea of the poet by reading now and then in Chalmers's collection of five centuries of English poets. These are wits more than poets, though there have been poets among them. But when we adhere to the ideal of the poet, we have our difficulties even with Milton and Homer. Milton is too
Page 254 - Am I not too protected a person ? is there not a wide disparity between the lot of me and the lot of thee, my poor brother, my poor sister ? Am I not defrauded of my best culture in the loss of those gymnastics which manual labor and the emergencies of poverty constitute ? I find

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