Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson: With Annotations, Volume 4

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Houghton Mifflin, 1910

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Page 254 - He that would bring home the wealth of the Indies, must carry out the wealth of the Indies.
Page 396 - No strength of man or fiercest wild beast could withstand ; Who tore the lion, as the lion tears the kid; Ran on embattled armies clad in iron, And, weaponless himself, Made arms ridiculous...
Page 198 - Like a poet hidden In the light of thought, Singing hymns unbidden, Till the world is wrought To sympathy with hopes and fears it heeded not...
Page 12 - If the Reason be stimulated to more earnest vision, outlines and surfaces become transparent, and are no longer seen ; causes and spirits are seen through them. The best moments of life are these delicious awakenings of the higher powers, and the reverential withdrawing of nature before its God.
Page 251 - Of genius, that power which constitutes a poet, that quality without which judgment is cold and knowledge is inert, that energy which collects, combines, amplifies, and animates, the superiority must, with some hesitation, be allowed to Dryden.
Page 367 - He that is down needs fear no fall; He that is low no pride; He that is humble ever shall Have God to be his guide.
Page 317 - WOMAN THERE in the fane a beauteous creature stands, The first best work of the Creator's hands, Whose slender limbs inadequately bear A full-orbed bosom and a weight of care ; Whose teeth like pearls, whose lips like cherries, show, And fawn-like eyes still tremble as they glow.
Page 488 - Day creeps after day, each full of facts, dull, strange, despised things, that we cannot enough despise, — call heavy, prosaic, and desert. The time we seek to kill : the attention it is elegant to divert from things around us. And presently the aroused intellect finds gold and gems in one of these scorned facts, — then finds that the day of facts is a rock of diamonds ; that a fact is an Epiphany of God.
Page 490 - As others do, so will I : I renounce, I am sorry for it, my early visions ; I must eat the good of the land and let learning and romantic expectations go, until a more convenient season...
Page 15 - To the body and mind which have been cramped by noxious work or company, nature is medicinal and restores their tone. The tradesman, the attorney comes out of the din and craft of the street and sees the sky and the woods, and is a man again.

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