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I have no churlish objection to the

circumnavigation of the globe, for Self- the purposes of art, of study, and Reliance benevolence, so that the man is

first domesticated, or does not go
abroad with the hope of finding
somewhat greater than he knows.
He who travels to be amused, or to
get somewhat which he does not
carry, travels away from himself,
grows old even in youth among old
things. In Thebes, in Palmyra, his
will and mind have become old and
dilapidated as they. He carries ruins
to ruins se je
Traveling is a fool's paradise. We
owe to our first journeys the discov-
ery that place is nothing. At home I
dream that at Naples, at Rome, I
can be intoxicated with beauty, and
lose my sadness. I pack my trunk,
embrace my friends, embark on the

sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the stern Fact, the sad self, unrelenting, iden- Selftical, that I fled from I seek the Reliance Vatican, and the palaces. I affect to be intoxicated with sights and suggestions, but I am not intoxicated. My giant goes with me wherever I go. 3. But the rage of traveling is itself only a symptom of a deeper unsoundness affecting the whole intellectual action. The intellect is vagabond, and the universal system of education fosters restlessness. Our minds travel when our bodies are forced to stay at home. We imitate; and what is imitation but the traveling of the mind? Our houses are built with foreign taste; our shelves are garnished with foreign ornaments; our opinions, our tastes, our whole minds lean, and follow the Past and

the Distant, as the eyes of a maid

follow her mistress. Self- The soul created the arts wherever Reliance they have flourished. It was in his

own mind that the artist sought his model. It was an application of his own thought to the thing to be done and the conditions to be observed. And why need we copy the Doric or the Gothic model? Beauty, conven. ience, grandeur of thought, and quaint expression are as near to us as to any, and if the American artist will study with hope and love the precise thing to be done by him, considering the climate, the soil, the length of the day, the wants of the people, the habit and form of the government, he will create a house in which all these will find them. selves fitted, and taste and sentiment will be satisfied also.

Insist on youself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force Selfof a whole life's cultivation; but of Reliance the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. No man yet knows what it is, nor can, till that person has exhibited it. Where is the master who could have taught Shakespeare? Where is the master who could have instructed Franklin, or Washington, or Bacon, or Newton? Every great man is an unique. The Scipionism of Scipio is precisely that part he could not borrow so se If anybody will tell me whom the great man imitates in the original crisis when he performs a great act, I will tell him who else than himself

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can teach him. Shakespeare will

never be made the study of ShakesSelf- peare. Do that which is assigned Reliance thee, and thou canst not hope too

much or dare too much. There is at
this moment, there is for me an
utterance bare and grand as that of
the colossal chisel of Phidias, or
trowel of the Egyptians, or the pen
of Moses, or Dante, but different
from all these.
Not possibly will the soul all rich,
all eloquent, with thousand-cloven
tongue, deign to repeat itself; but
if I can hear what these patriarchs
say, surely I can reply to them in the
same pitch of voice: for the ear and
the tongue are two organs of one
nature. Dwell up there in the simple
and noble regions of thy life, obey
thy heart, and thou shalt reproduce
the Foreworld again.

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