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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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The Individual, Society, and Education: A History of American Educational Ideas

Clarence J. Karier - 1986 - 459 pages
...to usher in the golden age. As Emerson said: Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual changes;...amelioration. For everything that is given something is taken.37 Although Emerson could not help taking sides on certain pressing issues of his day, such as...
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Applications of Grammar: Analysis of Effective Communiction, Book 3

Ed Shewan - 1998 - 336 pages
...conclusions on the lines below each paragraph. Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. It undergoes continual changes;...amelioration. For everything that is given something is taken. — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance In every country large numbers of people are suffering privations...
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Stress, Culture, and Community: The Psychology and Philosophy of Stress

S.E. Hobfoll - 2004 - 296 pages
...on 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, it...is rich, it is scientific; but this change is not an amelioration, (p. 80) Moreover, Emerson associated creativity and nonconformity with isolationism....
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Sinndeutung und Periodisierung der Geschichte: eine systematische Ub̈ersicht ...

Johan Hendrik Jacob Van Der Pot - 1999 - 1 pages
...side as it gains on the other", so schrieb Ralph Waldo Emerson (1841) in seinem essay "Selfreliance". "For everything that is given, something is taken....Society acquires new arts, and loses old instincts .... The civilised man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet .... The harm of the improved...
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The American 1890s: A Cultural Reader

Susan Harris Smith, Melanie Dawson - 2000 - 468 pages
...sophistication into which it is soon to fall. "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." [Emerson, in the essay on Self-Reliance.] To be close to nature is, then, to preserve certain primeval...
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Philosophy, Revision, Critique: Rereading Practices in Heidegger, Nietzsche ...

David Wittenberg - 2002 - 288 pages
...responsibilities offers no possible gain for either side: "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" (E, 279). Thus "no man improves" when the improvement...
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From Virgin Land to Disney World: Nature and Its Discontents in the USA of ...

Bernd Herzogenrath - 2001 - 432 pages
...advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other. Its progress is only apparent ... It undergoes continual changes: it is barbarous, it...scientific; but this change is not amelioration. For ever.' thing that is given, something is taken" (970). The last sentence is particularly appropriate...
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From Virgin Land to Disney World: Nature and Its Discontents in the USA of ...

Bernd Herzogenrath - 2001 - 432 pages
...advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gams on the other. Its progress is only apparent ... It undergoes continual changes: it is barbarous, it is civilized, it is christianized, it is nch. it is scientific: but this change is not amelioration For every thing that is given, something...
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Discover America Diaries. 50 States, 50 States of Mind: East Coast to West ...

Priscilla Faith Rhodes - 2002 - 380 pages
...improves. He writes: Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other ... for everything that is given, something is taken. Society acquires new arts, and loses old instincts ... Man has his carriage, but loses the use of his feet. He has his fine Geneva watch, but loses his...
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Authority and Reform: Religious and Educational Discourses in Nineteenth ...

Mark G. Vásquez - 2003 - 393 pages
...shared. A later passage mirrors this approach: Society never advances. It recedes as fast on the 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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