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" It undergoes continual changes; it is barbarous, it is civilized, it is christianized, it is rich, it is scientific; but this change is not amelioration. For everything that is given something is taken. "
Emerson's complete works [ed. by J.E. Cabot]. Riverside ed - Page 82
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1884
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Select Essays and Poems

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1808 - 120 pages
...spirit of society. All men plume themselves on tlie improvement of society, and no man improves. 45. Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. Its progress is only apparent, like the workers of a treadmill. It undergoes continual changes : it...
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Essays

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1841 - 303 pages
...our spirit of society. All men plume themselves on the improvement of society, and no man improves. Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. Its progress is only apparent, like the workers of a treadmill. It undergoes continual changes : it...
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The Eclectic Review, Volume 12; Volume 76

Samuel Greatheed, Daniel Parken, Theophilus Williams, Josiah Conder, Thomas Price, Jonathan Edwards Ryland, Edwin Paxton Hood - 1842
...however, he does. He censures the world for what it has never done, and then does the thing he censures. ' Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. Its progress is only apparent, like the workers of a treadmill. It undergoes continual changes ; it...
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The Eclectic review. vol. 1-New [8th]

1842
...however, he docs. He censures the world for what it has never done, and then does the thing he censures. ' Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gain? on the other. Its progress is only apparent, like the workers of ;i treadmill. It undergoes continual...
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The Eclectic Magazine of Foreign Literature, Science, and Art, Volume 13

1848
...to the whole truth. " All men plume themselves on the improvement of society, and no man improves. Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one...scientific; but this change is not amelioration. For everything that is given, something is taken. Society acquires new arts and loses old instincts. What...
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The Methodist new connexion magazine and evangelical repository, Volume 54

1851
...instance of this backward and forward, this saying and unsaying propensity. " Society," he says, " never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. Its progress is only apparent, like the workers of a tread-mill." " For everything that is given something...
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The Eclectic Magazine: Foreign Literature, Volume 13

1848
...to the whole truth. " All men plume themselves on the improvement of society, and no man improves. Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one...scientific; but this change is not amelioration. For everything that is given, something is taken. Society acquires new arts and loses old instincts. What...
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The Living Age ..., Volume 16

1848
...to the whole truth. " All men plume themselves on the improvement of society, and no man improves. Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one...is rich, it is scientific ; but this change is not ameliomum. For everything that is given, something is taken. Society acquires new arts and loses old...
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Essays, orations and lectures

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1848 - 385 pages
...our spirit of society. All men plume themselves on the improvement of society, and no man improves. Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. Its progress is only apparent, like the workers of a treadmill. It undergoes F continual changes: it...
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Essays, Lectures and Orations

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1848 - 364 pages
...our spirit of society. All men plume themselves on the improvement of society, and no man improves. Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. Its progress is only apparent, like the workers of a treadmill. It undergoes continual changes : it...
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