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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 Theological Monthly: An Exponent of Current Christian Thought ..., Volume 6

1891
...back to their roots, are found to have been formerly the names of material things. "'Right originally means straight ; wrong means twisted ; spirit primarily...a line ; supercilious the raising of the eyebrow. Most of the process by which this transformation is made is hidden from us in the remote time when...
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A Hand-book of English Literature

Francis Henry Underwood - 1893 - 640 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 lines supercilious, \\\e raising of the eyebrow. We say the heart to express emotion, the head to denote...
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The Living Age ..., Volume 118

1873
...all, that all words which express abstract ideas are borrowed from some material appearance. " Right means straight; wrong means twisted. Spirit primarily means wind ; transgression, the crossing of i • Lectures an tke Science of Lamftutft, H. p. Tlt Letters, Lectures, and Rcaitva, by HL Mamd, p....
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Nature, Addresses and Lectures

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1903 - 461 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...a line; supercilious, the raising of the eyebrow. We'say the heart to express emotion, the head to denote thought; and thought and emotion are words...
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The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson ...: English traits. Conduct of life. Nature

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1906
...intellectual fact, if traced to its root, is found to be borrowed from some material appearance. Right means straight ; wrong means twisted. Spirit primarily...and now appropriated to spiritual nature. Most of thf process by which this transformation is made, is hidden from us in the remote time when language...
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The American Indian as a Product of Environment: With Special Reference to ...

Arthur John Fynn - 1907 - 275 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...heart to express emotion, the head to denote thought. . . . Light and darkness are our familiar expressions for knowledge and ignorance; and heat for love....
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Essays and Poems of Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1921 - 525 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...transformation is made, is hidden from us in the remote tune when language was framed; but the same tendency may be daily observed in children. Children and...
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The English Language: Volume 1, Essays by English and American Men of ...

W. F. Bolton - 1966 - 240 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 191 sensible things, and now appropriated to spiritual nature. Most...
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Language As Symbolic Action: Essays on Life, Literature, and Method

Kenneth Burke - 1966 - 514 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; supereilious, the raising of the eyebrow. We say the heart to express emotion, the head to denote thought;...
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Words and The Word: Language, Poetics and Biblical Interpretation

Stephen Prickett - 1988 - 305 pages
...borrowed from a material appearance. Right means straight; wrong means twisted. Spirit means primarily wind; transgression the crossing of a line; supercilious the raising of the eyebrows. We say the heart to express emotion, the head to denote thought, and thought and emotion...
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