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" Every word which is used to express a moral or intellectual fact, if traced to its root, is found to be borrowed from some material appearance. Right means straight; wrong means twisted. Spirit primarily means wind; transgression, the crossing of a line;... "
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by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1883
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The Presbyterian review and religious journal, Volume 19

1846
...fact, if traced to its root, is found to be borrowed from some material appearance: right originally means straight; wrong means twisted; spirit primarily...means wind; transgression the crossing of a line. . . But it is not words only that are emblematic ; it is things which are emblematic. Every natural...
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Prophetical landmarks; containing data for helping to determine the question ...

Horatius Bonar - 1847 - 399 pages
...fact, if traced to its root, is found to be . borrowed from some material appearance ; right originally means straight; wrong means twisted; spirit primarily...means wind; transgression the crossing of a line, . . . But it is not words only that are emblematic ; it is things which are emblematic. Every natural...
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Essays, orations and lectures

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1848 - 385 pages
...fact, if traced to its root, is found to be borrowed from some Tnaterial appearance. Right originally means straight; wrong means twisted. Spirit primarily...head, to denote thought; and thought and emotion are, in their turn, words borrowed from sensible things, and now appropriated to spiritual nature. Most...
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Essays, Lectures and Orations

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1848 - 364 pages
...fact, if traced to its root, is found to be borrowed from some material appearance. Right originally means straight; wrong means twisted. Spirit primarily...head to denote thought; and thought and emotion are, in their turn, words borrowed from sensible things, and now appropriated to spiritual nature. Most...
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Nature; Addresses, and Lectures

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1849 - 383 pages
...intellectual fact, if traced to its root, is found to be borrowed from some material appearance. Right means straight ; wrong means twisted. Spirit primarily...means wind; transgression, the crossing of a line; tupercilious, the raising of the eyebrow. We say the heart to express emotion, the head to denote thought...
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Select specimens of English prose [ed.] by E. Hughes

Edward Hughes - 1853
...fact, if traced to its root, is found to be borrowed from some material appearance. Right originally means straight ; wrong means twisted. Spirit primarily...head to denote thought ; and thought and emotion are, in their turn, words borrowed from sensible things, and now appropriated to spiritual nature. Most...
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The Massachusetts Teacher, Volume 23

1858
...drapery of the penitent Magdalene of blue, to denote the constancy of her love for the Saviour. • twisted ; spirit primarily means wind ; transgression,...things, and now appropriated to spiritual nature." Who does not see that it is possible from such hints to open a new world of thought to young minds...
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Orations, Lectures and Essays

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1866 - 290 pages
...fact, if traced to its root, is found to be borrowed from some material appearance. Right originally means straight ; wrong means twisted. Spirit primarily...say the heart to express emotion, the head to denote 26 thought ; and thought and emotion are, in their turn, words borrowed from sensible things, and now...
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The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Comprising His Essays ..., Volume 2

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1866 - 448 pages
...intellectual fact, if traced to its root, is found to be borrowed from some material appearance. Right means straight ; wrong means twisted. Spirit primarily...means wind; transgression, the crossing of a line; swperrihous, the raising of the eyebrow. We say the heart to express emotion, the head to denote thought...
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The Prose Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Volume 1

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1870
...intellectual fact, if traced to its root, is found to be borrowed from some material appearance. Bight means straight ; wrong means twisted. Spirit primarily...eyebrow. We say the heart to express emotion, the liead to denote thought ; and thought and emotion are words borrowed from sensible things, and now...
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