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The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson by Ralph Waldo Emerson
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No review, just one quote about children from the essay "Nature": Read it, it's kind of funny.
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 incurred. But Nature has answered her purpose with the curly, dimpled lunatic. She has tasked every faculty, and has secured the symmetrical growth of the bodily frame by all these attitudes and exertions,— an end of the first importance, which could not be trusted to any care less perfect than her own. This glitter, this opaline lustre plays round the top of every toy to his eye to insure his fidelity, and he is deceived to his good. We are made alive and kept alive by the same arts. Let the stoics say what they please, we do not eat for the good of living, but because the meat is savory and the appetite is keen.
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August 20, 2014 – Started Reading
August 20, 2014 – Shelved
August 20, 2014 –
page 320
78.05% "Just reading, not really studying. Really enjoying it."
August 25, 2014 – Shelved as: non-fiction
August 25, 2014 – Shelved as: american
August 25, 2014 – Finished Reading

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