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" I shun father and mother and wife and brother, when my genius calls me. I would write on the lintels of the door-post, Whim. I hope it is somewhat better than whim at last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation. "
Select Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson - Page 116
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1888 - 351 pages
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The Translatability of Cultures: Figurations of the Space Between

Sanford Budick - 1996 - 348 pages
...achievement of objectivity cannot be claimed for oneself, that is, for one's writing. As in "Self-Reliance": "I would write on the lintels of the door-post, Whim. I hope it may be better than whim at last." But in the necessity for words, "when [your] genius calls [you],"...
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Inventing the Psychological: Toward a Cultural History of Emotional Life in ...

Joel Pfister, Nancy Schnog - 1997 - 329 pages
...variously as Spontaneity, Instinct, and Whim. Describing his own creative method, Emerson proudly declares: "I shun father and mother and wife and brother when...me. I would write on the lintels of the door-post, Whim."34 Alcott situates her protagonist within this discourse of creative individualism by introducing...
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Waking to Wonder: Wittgenstein's Existential Investigations

Gordon C. F. Bearn - 1997 - 265 pages
...not from below.34 As part of his reply he exclaimed, "I would write on the lintels of the door post, Whim. I hope it is somewhat better than whim at last, but I cannot spend the day in explanation."35 Just as in Kant, there cannot be an explanation of autonomy.36...
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God in Concord: Ralph Waldo Emerson's Awakening to the Infinite

Richard G. Geldard - 1999 - 191 pages
...have some edge to it, else it is none. The doctrine of hatred must be preached as the counteraction of the doctrine of love when that pules and whines....last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation. Here is Emerson at his very best: unsentimental, even shocking, but always right. Others have pointed...
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A West Texas Soapbox

Jim Sanderson - 1998 - 123 pages
...The doctrine of hatred must be preached as the counteraction of the doctrine of love when that pulses and whines. I shun father and mother and wife and...would write on the lintels of the doorpost, Whim." I'm not sure if I got these slogans from Emerson or from Reebok athletic shoe commercials. Emerson...
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Redeeming American Political Thought

Judith Nisse Shklar, Judith N. Shklar, Shklar, Judith Nisse Shklar - 1998 - 209 pages
...therefore, given the danger, have to offer reasons for refusing any association or acts of convention. "I shun father and mother and wife and brother, when my genius calls me." Why should he be generous to the needy? "Are they my poor?" He will go to prison for a cause that is...
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Critical Environments: Postmodern Theory and the Pragmatics of the "outside"

Cary Wolfe - 1998 - 175 pages
...only to itself, above all compromise, beyond all cooperation. This is the Emerson who calls on us to "shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me," who insists that "When the good is near you . . . you shall not discern the footprints of any other;...
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Contesting Spirit: Nietzsche, Affirmation, Religion

Tyler T. Roberts - 1998 - 256 pages
...the future as "steps, but without a path" (1995: 8). Elsewhere he invokes a passage from Emerson: "l shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me. l would write on the lintels of the door-post, Whim. l hope it is somewhat better than whim at last,...
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The Soul of Man, and Prison Writings

Oscar Wilde - 1999 - 224 pages
...but has unscrambled them (pp. 122-3). my brothers: see Matt. 12: 47—50. See also Emerson's SR, 30: 'I shun father and mother and wife and brother, when my genius calls me.' bury his father: Matt. 8: 21—2. is wrong: Emerson in SR: 'Imitation is suicide' (27) ; 'Insist on...
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The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson

Joel Porte, Saundra Morris - 1999 - 280 pages
...altogether to make such a remark to a settled congregation that he would have to meet week after week. "I shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me," he might tell an audience in Indiana. Next week he would be in Michigan, and would never know whether...
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