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Preview — Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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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
Acquire audiobook and digital photo frame, then copy a series of Bob Ross painting images. Edit Emerson into sentences. Set the sentences to play one every ninety seconds, accompanied by an image. Hang in bathroom.
You now have an infinite number of pregenerated shower thoughts spaced out far enough to appreciate them.
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
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
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
The universal impulse to believe.
I am explained without explaining.
Religions are ejaculations.
The discovery that we have made that we exist.
Nature and literature are subjective phenomena.
The universe is the bride of the soul.
Sin in others is experience for ourself.
All stealing is comparative.
There are very few writers who have ever imparted more wisdom in so few words. If Thomas Jefferson is the spirit of America then Ralph Waldo Emerson was its soul. A person who reads the words of Emerson cannot help but be haunted by the feeling of an eternal season of spring infused with the eternal sadness of life's inevitable end. Emerson is required reading for all thoughtful men and women. This particular book is excellent and no one looking to purchase Emerson's work in the kin ...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
When I have a client who needs to understand something about their father, I ask them ...more
I think what's particularly interesting about Emerson is that many of his ideas are more reminiscent of Eastern philos ...more
found it hard to read, both due to its dated style and its heavy New Age tones. I know this is the guy who inspired the New Age.
parts of American Scholar were interesting. beginning of Nature was beautiful and potent, but it devolved into ranting.
"His style is too fragmentary and sententious. It wants the requisite words or phrases of connection and transition. I find that his beautiful things are slippery, and will not stay in the mind."