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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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Wittgenstein's private language

Stephen Mulhall - 2006
...Cavell has much to say about Emerson's allusion to a mezuzah, when in 'Self-Reliance' he declares: 'I shun father and mother and wife and brother when...last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation.' And what is it, for Emerson, for one's genius to call? 'To believe your own thought, to believe that...
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Strong Liberalism: Habits of Mind for Democratic Citizenship

Jason A. Scorza - 2008 - 270 pages
...nonconformity is based more on inspiration, spontaneity, and even whim than on calculation. So, Emerson writes, "I would write on the lintels of the door-post, Whim....than whim at last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation."21 Nonconformity often is manifested in fairly mundane ways, such as when an individual...
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Emerson and Eros: The Making of a Cultural Hero

Len Gougeon - 2012 - 278 pages
...another rebellious hero, Jesus Christ, "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." 77 This personal rebellion is only one of many factors that would impact Emerson's emergence as poet,...
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Beyond the Philosopher's Fear: A Cavellian Reading of Gender, Origin and ...

Ludger H. Viefhues-Bailey - 2007 - 177 pages
...Cavell's vision of language come together in his reading of Emerson's notion of genius and declaration, 'I shun father and mother and wife and brother when...would write on the lintels of the door-post, Whim" (IQO, p. 1 14). Cavell writes 'the point I emphasize here is only that the life-giving power of words,...
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Power Prevails: A Self-Transformation Manifesto

Brad Castro - 2007 - 104 pages
...crowd, the call to duty and accountability. Again, as Ralph Waldo Emerson tells us in SelfReliance, "I shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me." And your genius w/7/ call you. It's been calling you your whole life, in fact. Haven't you heard it?...
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Changing Rapture: Emily Dickinson's Poetic Development

Aliki Barnstone - 2006 - 187 pages
...(or social) realm obstructs the light of truth, which divinely resides within the self; he claims, "I shun father and mother and wife and brother, when my genius calls me" (14o). 14 And he asks "Why drag about this corpse of your memory?" (141). Third, in addition to relinquishing...
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Emerson and Self-Culture

John T. Lysaker - 2008 - 248 pages
...principle, Jesus' equal, writing, "They call it Christianity, I call it Consciousness," as well as "I shun father and mother and wife and brother, when my genius calls me" (JMN7, 28; CW2, 30). (The former marks him and every sentient being an incarnation, whereas the latter...
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