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" Familiar as the voice of the mind is to each, the highest merit we ascribe to Moses, Plato, and Milton is, that they set at naught books and traditions, and spoke not what men but what thev thought. A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of... "
The Prose Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson - Page 245
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1870
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Essays and Poems of Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1921 - 525 pages
...Plato, and Milton, is that they set at naught books and traditions, and spoke not what men but what they thought. A man should learn to detect and watch that...his. In every work of genius we recognize our own re' jected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. Great works of art have...
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The Writer's Art by Those who Have Practiced it

Rollo Walter Brown - 1921 - 357 pages
...Emerson,1 "is that they set at nought books and traditions, and spoke not what men thought, but what they thought. A man should learn to detect and watch that...thought because it is his. In every work of genius we recognise our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. " It is...
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In Quest of the Ordinary: Lines of Skepticism and Romanticism

Stanley Cavell - 1994 - 200 pages
...more watchfully to what it is we are conscious of and altering our posture toward it. For example: "A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam...bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his own thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they...
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Words of Wisdom

William Safire, Leonard Safir - 1990 - 432 pages
...true for you in your heart is true for all men, — that is genius. ... A man should Intuition 199 learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which...than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. — Ralph Waldo Emerson . . . there is no prescribed route to follow to arrive at a new idea. You have...
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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
...of truth requires the special epistemological attitude that Emerson sees in his selfreliant heroes: "A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam...than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages." But there is a darker, even tragic side to the claim that truth comes only by surprise: We cannot be...
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Microsociology: Discourse, Emotion, and Social Structure

Thomas J. Scheff - 1990 - 214 pages
...the outmost, and our first thought is rendered back to us by the trumpets of the Last Judgment. [2] A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam...than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. [3] Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize...
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Selves at Risk: Patterns of Quest in Contemporary American Letters

Ihab Hassan, Professor Ihab Hassan, PhD - 1990 - 232 pages
...of its seekers. Certainly the latter exhibit an independent attitude. Emerson put it more forcibly: "A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam...than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. . . . I shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me. I would write on the lintels...
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Days on Earth: The Dance of Doris Humphrey

Marcia B. Siegel - 1993 - 333 pages
...for intellectual as well as political independence from the creeds and cultures of the European past. "A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam...than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages," he said, and his call for self-reliance became a marching banner for seekers of a truly American expression...
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The American Face of Edgar Allan Poe

Shawn James Rosenheim, Stephen Rachman, Associate Professor of English and Director of the American Studies Program Stephen Rachman - 1995 - 364 pages
...more watchfully to what it is we are conscious of and altering our posture toward it. For example: "A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam...bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his own thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they...
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Arabula: The Divine Guest

Andrew J Davis - 1996 - 403 pages
...saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine. 2 A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam...flashes across his mind from within, more than the luster of the firmament of bards and sages. 3 We lie in the lap of immense intelligence, which makes...
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