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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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Uncommon Learning: Thoreau on Education

Henry David Thoreau - 1999 - 128 pages
...effect of conventional schooling is to perpetuate and exacerbate this situation. As Emerson writes: "The book, the college, the school of art, the institution...genius. This is good, say they, — let us hold by this" (Essays, 57-58). Thoreau uses a cluster of images for this process, focusing on well-worn paths and...
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The Poetics of Transition: Emerson, Pragmatism, & American Literary Modernism

Jonathan Levin - 1999 - 222 pages
...inspire" (EL 57). The problem with books, like the problem with all ideas, is that they become exclusive: "The book, the college, the school of art, the institution...any kind, stop with some past utterance of genius" (EL 57). The point, for Emerson, is to extend beyond the past utterance, to become genius oneself....
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Alexandria 5: Cosmology, Philosophy, Myth, and Culture, Volume 5

David Fideler - 2000 - 471 pages
...Emerson calls for an original relationship to the universe that goes beyond the worship of dead forms: The book, the college, the school of art, the institution...forward. But genius looks forward: the eyes of man arc set in his forehead, not in his hindhead: man hopes: genius creates."' While this statement must...
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The American Studies Anthology

Richard P. Horwitz - 2001 - 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...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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Traversing the Democratic Borders of the Essay

Cristina Kirklighter - 2002 - 160 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 always...
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Minding American Education: Reclaiming the Tradition of Active Learning

Martin Bickman - 2003 - 182 pages
...and exacerbate this situation; as Emerson had written in his address to Thoreau's graduating class: "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" (1983, pp. 57-58). Thoreau uses a cluster of images for this process focusing...
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Understanding Emerson: "The American Scholar" and His Struggle for Self-reliance

Kenneth S. Sacks, Professor Kenneth S Sacks - 2003 - 199 pages
...not enough of labor." Emerson announced that the education being celebrated that day suffocated him: "The book, the college, the school of art, the institution of any kind . . . pin me down. They look backward and not forward." And not just Emerson, for "Meek young men grow...
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A Dream Too Wild: Emerson Meditations for Every Day of the Year

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 2004 - 392 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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Sounding the Abyss: Readings Between Cavell and Derrida

Roger V. Bell - 2004 - 283 pages
...Nietzsche's elaborated critical apparatus of such an ear. Turning Emerson's page 1 reach the lines: The book, the college, the school of art, the institution...stop with some past utterance of genius. This is good they say — let us hold by this. They pin me down. They look backward and not forward. But genius...
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Emerson, Romanticism, and Intuitive Reason: The Transatlantic "light of All ...

Patrick J. Keane - 2005 - 555 pages
...that Emerson's emphasis falls: In this action, it is genius. ... 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. . . . Instead...
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