See a Problem?
Preview — The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Read Book* *Different edition
The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Collected Works)
The only collection of the complete First and Second Series of essays by America's most popular sage, available in an affordable paperback edition. A must for students of American culture and literature.
Growing up I've always been hopscotching from book to book looking for the tome that could lead my life. When I was 10 or 11 I began pulling the b ...more
A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
A great man is always willing to be little.
A man is what he thinks about all day long.
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.
Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
Character is higher than intellect. A ...more
The child with his sweet pranks, the fool of his senses, commanded by every sight and sound, without any power to compare and rank his sensations, abandoned to a whistle or a painted chip, to a lead dragoon or a gingerbread-dog, individualizing everything, generalizing nothing, delighted with every new thing, lies down at night overpowered by the fatigue which this day of continual pretty madness has in...more
I just did not like it. I was basically forcing myself to read every essay without skipping. It was so tedious and I just really didn't care what he has to say. There were a few quotes that I thought were beautiful, but those were maybe 2-3 in the whole book. Other than that I found it very hard to read and I really didn't care for his ideas and thoughts on those topics. Not even his f ...more
When I have a client who needs to understand something about their father, I ask them ...more
We all read Emerson in school. I remember reading this essay then. But today the ponderous writing obscures the fine points that he makes. I will come back to this book at a quieter time for my own pondering.
This is a fine anthology with good introduction, notes and chronology. Looking forward to returning sometime down the calendar.
This was very dense prose. It didn't flow very well and it was easy to lose track of the points he was trying to make.
I bookmarked on my electronic copy many interesting things he had to say. Just one example ...
"... the poet is the Namer or Language-maker, naming things sometimes after their appearance, sometimes after their essence ... The poets made all the words ... For though the origin of most of our words is forgot ...more
I don't 100% agree with Emerson's dualistic view of things. I try and take into account his life and times, but what I love about Emerson is how deeply he thought and what he ...more