Our housekeeping is mendicant, our arts, our occupations, our marriages, our religion, we have not chosen, but society has chosen for us. Any one of us has a latent greatness if we would only break free of conformity.
If we live truly, we shall see truly. It denies the name of duty to many offices that are called duties.
He refines and redefines his conception of history as the interaction between "Nature and thought. But when you rely on yourself and be exactly what you are, a new force moves through you, and a new source of power.
Prayer looks abroad and asks for some foreign addition to come through some foreign virtue, and loses itself in endless mazes of natural and supernatural, and mediatorial and miraculous. Emerson set out defiantly to insist on the divinity of all men rather than one single historical personage, a position at odds with Christian orthodoxy but one central to his entire system of thought.
The source of those original actions is the center and source of all things. In the attempt his genius deserts him; no muse befriends; no invention, no hope.
Not for nothing one face, one character, one fact, makes much impression on him, and another none. As a philosopher-poet, Emerson employs a highly figurative style, while his poetry is remarkable as a poetry of ideas.
My life should be unique and original.
Why should we assume the faults of our friend, or wife, or father, or child, because they sit around our hearth, or are said to have the same blood? Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.
He who is really of their class will not be called by their name, but will be his own man, and, in his turn, the founder of a sect. Take exactly what you are and find the magnificence of it and express it.
Some, like Oscar Wilde and Edward Carpenterviewed Whitman both as a prophet of a utopian future and of same-sex desire — the passion of comrades. Chase, however, did not want to hire the author of such a disreputable book as Leaves of Grass. Of course there is a place for travel, but not as a way of finding anything.
It is an archaic term that means throwing gloves at the feet of someone, which back then meant you were challenging the person to a duel."Nature" is an essay written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, and published by James Munroe and Company in In the essay Emerson put forth the foundation of transcendentalism, a belief system that espouses a non-traditional appreciation of nature.
Transcendentalism suggests that the divine, or God, suffuses nature, and suggests that reality can be understood by studying nature.
Note 1. This essay was read as a lecture in Exeter Hall, in London, in June, Perhaps it is well to bear in mind that Mr. Emerson was reared for the ministry and ordained a clergyman, and that his ancestors for several generations had exercised that office, and moreover that, in New England, up to his day, theatrical representations had been looked at with disfavor by serious and God.
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