A Emerson essays first series history is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; — read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.
I have no expectation that any man will read history aright who thinks that what was done in a remote age, by men whose names have resounded far, has any deeper sense than what he is doing to-day. Nor can any lover of nature enter the old piles of Oxford and the English cathedrals, without feeling that the forest overpowered the mind of the builder, and that his chisel, his saw, and plane still reproduced its ferns, its spikes of flowers, its locust, elm, oak, pine, fir, and spruce.
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. Then again, do not tell me, as a good man did to-day, of my obligation to put all poor men in good situations.
Emerson blasts that abstraction too.
More than once Edition: It is as easy for the strong man to be strong, as it is for the weak to be weak. When I feel that we two meet in a perception, that our two souls are tinged with the same hue, and do, as it were, run into one, why should I measure degrees of latitude, why should I count Egyptian years?
He also had to quit the lecture circuit as his memory began to lapse. It has been taught by this colossal symbol the mutual reverence that is due from man to man.
This is the ultimate fact which we so quickly reach on this, as on every topic, the resolution of all into the ever-blessed ONE. The act of Congress is a law which every one of you will break on the earliest occasion--a law which no man can obey, or abet the obeying, without loss of self-respect and forfeiture of the name of gentleman.
Each law in turn is made by circumstances predominant, and the limits of nature give power to but one at a time. Magic and all that is ascribed to it is a deep presentiment of the powers of science. I hope in these days we have heard the last of conformity and consistency.
In the hour of vision there is nothing that can be called gratitude, nor properly joy. They shed an united light on the advancing actor. Jesus astonishes and overpowers sensual people. While in Europe, he met many of the leading thinkers of his time, including the economist and philosopher John Stuart Mill; Samuel Taylor Coleridge, whose Aids to Reflection Emerson admired; the poet William Wordsworth; and Thomas Carlyle, the historian and social critic, with whom Emerson established a lifelong friendship.
They fancy that I choose to see this or that thing. History must be this or it is nothing. Other lectures followed — on diverse subjects such as Italy, biography, English literature, the philosophy of history, and human culture.
You will soon love what is dictated by your nature as well as mine, and if we follow the truth it will bring us out safe at last.
Emerson entered Harvard College on a scholarship inand during collegiate holidays he taught school. These are the voices which we hear in solitude, but they grow faint and inaudible as we enter into the world. He shall walk, as the poets have described that goddess, in a robe painted all over with wonderful events and experiences; — his own form and features by their exalted intelligence shall be that variegated vest.
There is somewhat low even in hope.
A great licentiousness treads on the heels of a reformation. It is remarkable that involuntarily we always read as superior beings.
We may all shoot a wild bull that would toss the good and beautiful, by fighting down the unjust and sensual.
What light does it shed on those mysteries which we hide under the names Death and Immortality? Emerson anonymously published his first essay, "Nature", on September 9, Man is the broken giant, and, in all his weakness, both his body and his mind are invigorated by habits of conversation with nature.
Great men have always done so, and confided themselves childlike to the genius of their age, betraying their perception that the absolutely trustworthy was seated at their heart, working through their hands, predominating in all their being.About Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays: First and Second Series “Emerson’s prose is his triumph, both as eloquence and as insight.
After Shakespeare, it matches anything else in the language.”-Harold Bloom. Self-Reliance was first published in in his collection, Essays: First Series. However, scholars argue the underlying philosophy of his essay emerged in a sermon given in September - a month after his first marriage to Ellen (who died the following year of tuberculosis) - and in lectures on the philosophy of history given at Boston's Masonic Temple from to › Essays: First Series › First published in as Essays.
After Essays: Second Series was published inEmerson corrected this volume and republished it in as Essays: First Series. InEmerson published the first volume of his Essays, a carefully constructed collection of some of his best-remembered writings, including "Self-Reliance" and "The Over-Soul." A second series of Essays in would firmly establish his reputation as an authentic American voice.
Beside its primary value as the first chapter of the history of Europe, (the mythology Edition: current; Page:  thinly veiling authentic facts, the invention of the mechanic arts and the migration of.
But, I soon lost steam going through his writings (hence, the first series and not the second). They all began to sound much the same and had a rambling quality to them.
If you've read one of his essays I Although I don't buy into Emerson's transcendental philosophy I will say he has some of the most salient quotes about being oneself/5.Download