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" The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind. The laws of moral nature answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass. "
Miscellanies, Embracing Nature, Addresses, and Lectures - Page 30
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1866 - 383 pages
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American Thought: From Puritanism to Pragmatism

Woodbridge Riley - 1915 - 373 pages
...individual comes in contact with the very spirit and being of God. . . . Taking the old figure, that the visible world and the relation of its parts is the dial plate of the invisible, he adds that the universe becomes transparent and the light of higher laws than its own shines through...
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A Commentary on the Bible

Arthur Samuel Peake, Alexander James Grieve - 1920 - 1014 pages
...especially in the Psalms, in Job, and in some of the prophetic writings. We see there how true it is that " the laws of moral nature answer to those of matter as face to face." Indeed, with this book in our hands we find the universe becoming transparent, and the light of higher...
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Illinois Studies in Language and Literature, Volume 8

1923
...speech is exemplified, Emerson believes, in the correspondence between ethical and scientific laws. "The laws of moral nature answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass. . . .The axioms of physics translate the laws of ethics. Thus, 'the whole is greater than its part'; 'reaction...
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Emerson's Theories of Literary Expressions, Volume 8

Emerson Grant Sutcliffe - 1923 - 152 pages
...speech is exemplified, Emerson believes, in the correspondence between ethical and scientific laws. "The laws of moral nature answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass. . . .The axioms of physics translate the laws of ethics. Thus, 'the whole is greater than its part'; 'reaction...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Josephine Miles - 1964 - 48 pages
...posture of the blade as it bends before the wind. . . . the whole of Nature is a metaphor or image of the human Mind. The laws of moral nature answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass." Such scientific titles as "On the Relation of Man to the Globe," "Water," and "The Naturalist" alternated...
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Henry James: Fiction as History

Ian F. A. Bell, Ian F. Bell - 1985 - 188 pages
...office within a system whereby 'the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind' exhibiting how the 'laws of moral nature answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass' or the 'axioms of physics translate the laws of ethics'.63 Emerson's willingness to employ metaphors...
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R.W. Emersons Naturauffassung und ihre philosophischen Ursprünge: eine ...

Thomas Krusche - 1987 - 380 pages
...der Entsprechung zwischen moralischem Gesetz und Naturgesetz ein, die er durch ein Swedenborgzitat - "The visible world and the relation of its parts, is the dial plate of the invisible." — sowie durch den sinngemäß aus Mme de Staels De l'Allemagne übernommenen Satz untermauert: "The...
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Noguchi East and West

Dore Ashton - 1993 - 331 pages
...thought? The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind. The laws of moral nature answer...those of matter as face to face in a glass. . . . The axioms of physics translate the law of ethics. Every universal truth, which we express in words, implies...
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Emerson's Literary Criticism

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1995 - 252 pages
...thoughts? The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors, because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind. The laws of moral nature answer...the relation of its parts, is the dial plate of the invisible."10 The axioms of physics translate the laws of ethics.11 Thus, "the whole is greater than...
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Sounding the Whale: Moby-Dick as Epic Novel

Christopher Sten - 1996 - 91 pages
...human mind." At the time he wrote Moby-Dick, he too believed, as Emerson proclaimed in Nature, that "the laws of moral nature answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass." 35 The process of "cutting in," or stripping away the whale's flesh, for example, is to be understood...
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