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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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The Weaver-God, He Weaves: Melville and the Poetics of the Novel

Christopher Sten - 1996 - 361 pages
...mind." At the time he wrote Moby-Dick, he too believed, as Emerson WEAVES 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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Emerson and the Climates of History

Eduardo Cadava - 1997 - 256 pages
...history and human history. As he claims in his November 4, 1833, lecture "The Uses of Natural History," "the laws of moral nature answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass."55 "Such is the saturation of things with the moral law that you cannot escape it," he says...
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Conservation Reconsidered: Nature, Virtue, and American Liberal Democracy

Charles T. Rubin - 2000 - 254 pages
...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" (24). "This relation between mind and matter is not fancied by some poet, but stands in the will of...
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Theology in America: The Major Protestant Voices from Puritanism to Neo ...

Sydney E. Ahlstrom - 2003 - 630 pages
...of some spiritual fact .... 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." Nature; Addresses, and Lecures, pp. 24, 3o. See also Bushnell on language, pp. 319-37o. [Ed.] of life...
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Emerson's Life in Science: The Culture of Truth

Laura Dassow Walls, John H Bennett Jr Chair of Southern Letters Laura Dassow Walls, Laura Dassow - 2003 - 280 pages
...signification, found to be metaphors also. And this, because 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." As he will reiterate in Nature, "that the axioms of geometry and of mechanics only translate the laws...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson: His Life, Writings, and Philosophy

George Willis Cooke - 2003 - 404 pages
...and mind, he says, is not a fancied one, but stands in the will of God ; 8 so that " the laws of the moral nature answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass."4 "Intellect and morals appear only the material forces on a higher plane. The laws of material...
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Reading the Roots: American Nature Writing Before Walden

Michael P. Branch - 2004 - 408 pages
...knowledge of Nature will throw light. . . . And this, because the whole of Nature is a metaphor or image of the human Mind. The laws of moral nature answer...matter as face to face in a glass. "The visible world," it has been well said, "and the relations of its parts is the dial plate of the invisible one." In...
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Faith in Nature: Environmentalism as Religious Quest

Thomas R Dunlap, Professor of History Thomas Dunlap - 2004 - 206 pages
...thoughts.... Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.... 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." 8 By their works, but more by the examples of their lives, Thoreau and Muir established a tradition...
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Emerson, Romanticism, and Intuitive Reason: The Transatlantic "light of All ...

Patrick J. Keane - 2005 - 555 pages
...Emerson fits the pattern better than later Coleridge. In "The Uses of Natural History," he announces that "the laws of moral nature answer to those of matter as face to face in a glass" (EL 1:24). Paul had famously said that although "now we see as through a glass, darkly," partial vision...
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Laws of Nature: Excerpts from the Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Walt McLaughlin - 2006 - 81 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 to those of matter as face to face in a glass. A Fact is the end or last issue of spirit. The visible creation is the terminus or the circumference...
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