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" Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual changes; it is barbarous, it is civilized, it is christianized, it is rich, it is scientific ; but this change is not amelioration. "
Essays: First Series - Page 72
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1876 - 290 pages
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Literary Interpretations, Or, A Guide to the Teaching and Reading of ...

1896 - 204 pages
...matters not what kind of a watch he has, but rhetorically there is a vast difference. He speaks of " the well-clad, reading, writing, thinking American,...watch, a pencil, and a bill of exchange in his pocket." It would have been just as true to the thought to have said the civilized man, but there would have...
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Abstracts of Papers Read Before the Society: Together with the Annual Report

Brighton and Hove Natural History and Philosophical Society, Brighton - 1898
...THE ARGUMENT from the HISTORY OF HUMANITY. " Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual changes...Society acquires new arts and loses old instincts. . . . If the traveller tell us truly, strike the savage with a broad axe, and in a day or two the flesh...
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Select Essays and Poems

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1898 - 120 pages
...one side as it gains on the other. Its progress is only apparent, like the workers of a treadmill. It undergoes continual changes : it is barbarous,...^For everything that is given, something is taken, j Society acquires new arts and loses old instincts. What a contrast between the well-clad, reading,...
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Emerson, Volume 1

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1899
...improvement of society, and no man improves. Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual changes; it is barbarous, it is civilised, it is christianised, it is rich, it is scientific; but this change is not amelioration....
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History, Self-reliance, Nature, Spiritual Laws, The American Scholar

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1902 - 180 pages
...improvement of societv, and no man improves. Socjetv never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual changes;...is scientific; but this change is not amelioration. For^cverv thing that is given something jg__taJ£pn Society acquires new arts and loses old instincts....
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Introductory Lessons in English Literature: For High Schools and Academies

Israel C. McNeill, Samuel Adams Lynch - 1901 - 376 pages
...improvement of society, and nosoo man improves. Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual changes...is rich, it is scientific ; but this change is not 505 amelioration. For everything that is given, something is taken. Society acquires new arts and loses...
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Essays. 1901

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1901
...improvement of society, and no man improves. Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual changes; it is barbarous, it is civilised, it is christianised, it is rich, it is scientific ; but this change is not amelioration....
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So this Then is the Essay on Self-reliance

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1902 - 46 pages
...one side as it gains on the other. Its progress is only apparent, like the workers of a treadmill. It undergoes continual changes : it is barbarous,...scientific ; but this change is not amelioration. For every thing that is given, something is taken. Society acquires new arts and loses old instincts. What...
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The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays. 1st series

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1903
...improvement of society, and no man improves. Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual changes...scientific ; but this change is not amelioration. For every thing that is given something is taken. Society acquires new arts and loses old instincts. What...
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Essays

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1904 - 324 pages
...improvement of society, and no man improves. Society never advances.*8 It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual changes;...scientific; but this change is not amelioration. For every thing that is given something is taken. Society acquires new arts and loses old instincts. What...
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