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" Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without having in my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration. I am glad to the brink of fear. "
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by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1883
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Edinburgh Days: Or, Doing what I Want to Do

Samuel F. Pickering - 2007 - 193 pages
...the spirit, and suddenly one hears whistling and realizes life is a gift. "Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without...good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration," Ralph Waldo Emerson reported in "Nature." I travel widely in books, practically every day roaming the...
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Neopragmatism and Theological Reason

G. W. Kimura - 2007 - 167 pages
...described in poetical imagery rather than the traditional philosophical idiom: Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without...my thoughts any occurrence of special good fortune, 1 have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration. 1 am glad to the brink of fear. ...In the woods, we return to...
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The Cambridge Introduction to Nathaniel Hawthorne

Leland S. Person - 2007
...most famous example occurs in Nature, when Emerson describes a spiritual and imaginative epiphany: In the woods too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and what period soever of life, is always a child. In the woods is perpetual youth . . . There I feel that...
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From Nature to Experience: The American Search for Cultural Authority

Roger Lundin - 2007 - 278 pages
...ecstatic experience, that of his "crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight." He claims to "have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration. I am glad to the brink of fear." This experience transports him: "Standing on the bare ground, ... all mean egotism vanishes. I become...
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Purifying puritanism - Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Nature"

Christian Schäfer - 2007 - 40 pages
...wrong course by going into the solitude of nature. Especially in the woods, man is able to "[cast] off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever in life, is always a child. In the woods, is perpetual youth. [...] In the woods we return to reason...
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Contemporary Garden Aesthetics, Creations and Interpretations

Stephen Bann, Jacky Bowring, Massimo Venturi Ferriolo, Susan Herrington - 2007 - 265 pages
...environment" and cites the boyhood memory of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who noted, "Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without having in my thought any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration. I am glad to...
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Pragmatism, Education, and Children: International Philosophical Perspectives

Michael Taylor, Helmut Schreier, Paulo Ghiraldelli, Jr., Paulo Ghiraldelli Jr. - 2008 - 248 pages
...as an adult said, quite in the spirit of the passage quoted from Hudson: "Crossing a bare common, in snow puddles, at twilight, under a clouded sky, without having in my thought any occurrence of special good fortune, I have enjoyed a perfect exhilaration. I am glad to...
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