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" The nonchalance of boys who are sure of a dinner, and would disdain as much as a lord to do or say aught to conciliate one, is the healthy attitude of human nature. "
Complete Works - Page 50
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1900
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Contesting Tears: The Hollywood Melodrama of the Unknown Woman

Stanley Cavell, Walter M Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value Emeritus Honorary Associate of Adams House Stanley Cavell - 1996 - 255 pages
...voice is sufficiently clear and emphatic. It seems he knows how to speak to his contemporaries. Bashful or bold then, he will know how to make us seniors very unnecessary." This seems the report of a scene Emerson commonly witnesses, and given his time and place it probably...
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Emersonian Circles: Essays in Honor of Joel Myerson

Joel Myerson, Wesley T. Mott, Wesley T.. Mott, Robert E. Burkholder - 1997 - 284 pages
...midst were many thoughts on male nonconformity. "The nonchalance of boys who are sure of a dinner &- would disdain as much as a lord to do or say aught to conciliate one," he wrote, "is the healthy attitude of human nature." This sentence would find its way eventually into...
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American Society Today

Edward Ashbee - 2002 - 160 pages
...wanted an all-pervading spirit of suspicious resentment: 'The nonchalance of boys who are sure of a good dinner, and would disdain as much as a lord to do...conciliate one. is the healthy attitude of human nature' (quoted in Allen 1 9 70: 141). The ideas associated with expressive individualism are also evident...
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Going Home Through Seven Paths to Nowhere: Reading Short Stories by ...

Katalin G. Kállay - 2003 - 177 pages
...word's possible meanings, hence it can be related to the "ordinary" or "innocent" attitude to the world: "The nonchalance of boys who are sure of a dinner,...conciliate one, is the healthy attitude of human nature." In: Nina Baym (ed.): The Norton Anthology, Vol. I., p. 1 128. There is an interesting parallel between...
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Stanley Cavell

Richard Eldridge, Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy Richard Eldridge - 2003 - 248 pages
...thinking, he was ripe for Emerson's work, however long it would take him to find a way of writing about it: The nonchalance of boys who are sure of a dinner,...conciliate one, is the healthy attitude of human nature But the man is as it were clapped into jail by his consciousness. As soon as he has once acted or spoken...
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The Grammar of Good Intentions: Race and the Antebellum Culture of Benevolence

Susan M. Ryan - 2003 - 235 pages
...process his gendering of independence. "The nonchalance of boys who are sure of a dinner," he writes, "and would disdain as much as a lord to do or say...conciliate one, is the healthy attitude of human nature." 8 These irresponsible and independent boys, however, are embedded within relationships of dependence,...
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Trying It Out in America: Literary and Other Performances

Richard Poirier, Wilson Follett - 2003 - 332 pages
...anticipate them in a parenthetical remark which Leverenz omits from his quotations: the boys "should disdain as much as a lord to do or say aught to conciliate one." A more adequate reader of the canonical writers Leverenz discusses must be alert to the play of voices...
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Making American Boys: Boyology and the Feral Tale

Kenneth B. Kidd - 2004 - 253 pages
...Waldo Emerson, who in his famous essay "Self-Reliance" (1841) recruits carefree boys as American men: The nonchalance of boys who are sure of a dinner and would disdain as much as a lord to do or say ought to conciliate one, is the healthy attitude of human nature. A boy is in the parlor what the pit...
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Beyond the Gray Flannel Suit: Books from the 1950s that Made American Culture

David Castronovo - 2004 - 207 pages
...as a model. Emerson's "nonchalance of boys" disdains, refuses to conciliate, calculate consequences. "A boy is in the parlor what the pit is in the playhouse; independent, irresponsible. . . ." Infants also impress Emerson with their force and freedom from divided purpose. They have no...
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Compensation and Self-Reliance

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 2005 - 68 pages
...rolls out these words like bell-strokes. It seems he knows how to speak to his contemporaries. Bashful or bold then, he will know how to make us seniors...conciliate one, is the healthy attitude of human nature. How is a boy the master of society; independent, irresponsible, looking out from Ms comer on such people...
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