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" The book, the college, the school of art, the institution of any kind, stop with some past utterance of genius. This is good, say they, — let us hold by this. They pin me down. They look backward and not forward. But genius looks forward; the eyes of... "
Miscellanies, Embracing Nature, Addresses, and Lectures - Page 86
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1866 - 383 pages
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Emerson's Essays and Poems: Selected and Edited with an Introd

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1926 - 376 pages
...of here and there a favorite, but the sound estate of every man. In its essence it is progressive. The book, the college, the school of art, the institution...forward : the eyes of man are set in his forehead, not hi his hindhead : man hopes : genius creates. Whatever talents may be, if the man create not, the pure...
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Studies in Philology, Volume 23

1926
...conception of the creative writer in those glowing lines in " The American Scholar " where Emerson writes : Genius looks forward: the eyes of man are set in his...Whatever talents may be, if the man create not, the pure efQux of the Deity is not his; — cinders and smoke there may be, but not yet flame." And in the essay...
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Charles W. Eliot: The Man and His Beliefs, Volume 2

Charles William Eliot - 1926
...truth. He says: "The soul active . . . utters truth, or creates. ... In its essence it is progressive. The book, the college, the school of art, the institution...any kind, stop with some past utterance of genius. . . . They look backward and not forward. But genius looks forward. Man hopes: genius creates. Whatever...
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The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Nature, addresses, and lectures

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Alfred Riggs Ferguson, Joseph Slater, Jean Ferguson Carr - 1971 - 333 pages
...they, — let us hold by this. They pin me down. They look backward and not forward. But genius always looks forward. The eyes of man are set in his forehead, not in his hindhead. Man hopes. Genius creates. To create, — to create, — is the proof of a divine presence. Whatever talents may be, if the man...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays and Lectures (LOA #15): Nature; Addresses, and ...

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1983 - 1150 pages
...of here and there a favorite, but the sound estate of every man. In its essence, it is progressive. The book, the college, the school of art, the institution...Whatever talents may be, if the man create not, the pure efflux of the Deity is not his; — cinders and smoke there may be, but not yet flame. There are creative...
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American Philosophy: A Historical Anthology

Barbara MacKinnon - 1985 - 688 pages
...the institution of any kind, stop with some past utterance of genius. This is good, say they,—let us hold by this. They pin me down. They look backward...forehead, not in his hindhead: man hopes: genius creates. . . . There goes in the world a notion that the scholar should be a recluse, a valetudinarian,—as...
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One Life at a Time, Please

Edward Abbey - 1988 - 225 pages
...first age received into him the world around. . . . It came into him life; it went out from him truth. Genius looks forward; the eyes of man are set in his forehead ... Action is with the scholar subordinate but it is also essential. Without it he is not yet a man....
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American Philosophy and the Romantic Tradition

Russell B. Goodman, Professor of Philosophy Russell B Goodman, Associate Professor of English Ross Posnock - 1990 - 162 pages
...forward looking is a link between Emerson and the pragmatists. "Genius looks forward," Emerson stated, "The eyes of man are set in his forehead, not in his hindhead. Man hopes. Genius creates" (Ibid., 1:37). 19 ibid., 1:64. 20 Ibid., 1:65. 21 Ibid., 1:52, 70. 22 Ibid., 1:89. 23 Ibid., 1:82....
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The Films of John Cassavetes: Pragmatism, Modernism, and the Movies

Ray Carney - 1994 - 322 pages
...statue.... The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul In its essence, it is progressive. The book, the college, the school of art, the institution...pin me down. They look backward and not forward." As a response to their pains, Ben, Lelia, Hugh, Rupert, and Tony each try to close up shop on who they...
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American Lives: An Anthology of Autobiographical Writing

Robert F. Sayre - 1994 - 732 pages
...of here and there a favorite, but the sound estate of every man. In its essence it is progressive. The book, the college, the school of art, the institution...with some past utterance of genius. This is good, say they,—let us hold by this. They pin me down. They look backward and not forward. But genius looks...
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