Emerson's Essays and Poems: Selected and Edited with an Introd

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Scribner, 1926 - 376 páginas
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Página 83 - A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.
Página 77 - A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts : they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
Página 49 - The office of the scholar is to cheer, to raise, and to guide men by showing them facts amidst appearances.
Página 364 - Pay ransom to the owner And fill the bag to the brim. Who is the owner ? The slave is owner, And ever was. Pay him.
Página 372 - TERMINUS. IT is time to be old, To take in sail : — The god of bounds, Who sets to seas a shore, Came to me in his fatal rounds, And said : ' No more ! No farther shoot Thy broad ambitious branches, and thy root.
Página 80 - On my saying, What have I to do with the sacredness of traditions, if I live wholly from within ? my friend suggested, — " But these impulses may be from below, not from above." I replied, " They do not seem to me to be such ; but if I am the Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil.
Página 362 - God said, I am tired of kings, I suffer them no more ; Up to my ear the morning brings The outrage of the poor. Think ye I made this ball A field of havoc and war, Where tyrants great and tyrants small Might harry the weak and poor ? My angel, — his name is Freedom, — Choose him to be your king ; He shall cut pathways east and west, And fend you with his wing.
Página 97 - 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.
Página 78 - ... conviction that envy is ignorance ; that imitation is suicide ; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion ; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.
Página 85 - It is always ancient virtue. We worship it to-day because it is not of today. We love it and pay it homage because it is not a trap for our love and homage, but is self-dependent, self-derived, and therefore of an old immaculate pedigree, even if shown in a young person.

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