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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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How We Got Here: The 70's: The Decade that Brought You Modern Life (For ...

David Frum - 2008 - 416 pages
...no longer have real meaning for you in our crisis culture."2 These were not, of course, new ideas. "I shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me," wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson before the Civil War. Nietzsche made a career out of the same thought in...
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Irresistible Dictation: Gertrude Stein and the Correlations of Writing and ...

Steven Meyer - 2003 - 480 pages
...short, quite literally, by the changes in her writing. 25. Emerson famously wrote in "Self-Reliance," "I shun father and mother and wife and brother, when...last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation" (EL, p. 262). 26. See Suleiman for an account of the experience of women in French Surrealist circles....
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Philosophy, Revision, Critique: Rereading Practices in Heidegger, Nietzsche ...

David Wittenberg - 2002 - 288 pages
...nature"; "... the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it"; "I shun father and mother and wife and brother, when my genius calls me" (E, 262). In these assertions, as in the most polemical passages of Nietzsche's Ecce Homo, which I...
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Hanging Together: Unity and Diversity in American Culture

John Higham - 2001 - 336 pages
...view of the individual, integration is an ethic of self-transformation — an Emersonian summons to "shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me." It teaches a rejection of one's origins and a contempt for those parts of the self that resist transformation....
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Power Plays: Shakespeare's Lessons in Leadership and Management

John O. Whitney, Tina Packer - 2002 - 320 pages
...of his lines is particularly revealing: The doctrine of hatred must be preached as the counteraction of the doctrine of love when that pules and whines....mother and wife and brother, when my genius calls me. In fairness to Emerson, that statement is not in context with another part of his essay: I shall endeavour...
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Catharine Maria Sedgwick: Critical Perspectives

Lucinda L. Damon-Bach, Victoria Clements - 2003 - 328 pages
...self-reliant Aunt Debby anticipates Emerson's "Self-Reliant" man, who leaves the domestic scene on a "whim": "I shun father and mother and wife and brother when...would write on the lintels of the doorpost, Whim."* The material, psychological, and social functions of marriage for women are central to the novel. Ellen...
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Lewis Mumford, a Life

Donald L. Miller - 2002 - 628 pages
...total devotion to his work, which prevented him from giving more of his time to Sophia and Geddes. "I shun father and mother and wife and brother, when my genius calls me," Emerson had proclaimed in "Self-Reliance," words that Mumford himself might have written. And like...
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Skepticism, Individuality, and Freedom: The Reluctant Liberalism of Richard ...

Bonnie Honig, David R. Mapel
...the lintels of the door-post, Whim," but he quickly adds, "I hope it is somewhat [that is, something] better than whim at last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation." 4 Will is strong, but willfulness is close to petulance; and when will is strong, it can be blind or...
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The Grammar of Good Intentions: Race and the Antebellum Culture of Benevolence

Susan M. Ryan - 2003 - 235 pages
...emerges as a dangerous distraction from the self-involvement that genius requires. Emerson writes, "I shun father and mother and wife and brother, when my genius calls me. . . . Expect me not to show cause why I seek or why I exclude company" (30). And above all, as the...
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Emerson's Transcendental Etudes

Stanley Cavell, David Justin Hodge - 2003 - 277 pages
...violent shunning, whereas Emerson's and Thoreau's worlds begin with or after the shunning of others ("I shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me") and typically depict the "I" just beside itself. The interest of the connection is that all undertake...
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