Letters and Social Aims

Macmillan, 1883 - 260 pàgines

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Pàgina 36 - Of old hast THOU laid the foundation of the earth : And the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but THOU shalt endure : Yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment ; As a vesture shalt THOU change them, and they shall be changed : But THOU art the same, And thy years shall have no end.
Pàgina 42 - Welcome, folded arms and fixed eyes, A sigh that piercing mortifies, A look that's fastened to the ground, A tongue chained up without a sound! Fountain heads and pathless groves, Places which pale passion loves!
Pàgina 73 - Don't say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
Pàgina 36 - At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down : at her feet he bowed, he fell : where he bowed, r>2 there he fell down dead.
Pàgina 91 - The Persian poet Saadi tells us that a person with a disagreeable voice was reading the Koran aloud, when a holy man, passing by, asked what was his monthly stipend. He answered, " Nothing at all." " But why then do you take so much trouble ? " He replied
Pàgina 246 - Man is to live hereafter. That the world is for his education, is the only sane solution of the enigma. The planting of a desire indicates that the gratification of that desire is in the constitution of the creature that feels it. The Creator keeps His word with us all.
Pàgina 46 - I am possessed of songs such as neither the spouse of a king nor the son of a man can repeat — one of them is called the Helper : it will help thee at thy need, in sickness, grief, and all adversities.
Pàgina 240 - What if Earth Be but the shadow of Heaven, and things therein Each to the other like more than on earth is thought...
Pàgina 3 - The ends of all are moral, and therefore the beginnings are such. Thin or solid, everything is in flight. I believe this conviction makes the charm of chemistry, — that we have the same avoirdupois matter in an alembic, without a vestige of the old form ; and in animal transformation not less, as in grub and fly, in egg and bird, in embryo and man ; everything undressing and stealing away from its old into new form, and nothing fast but those invisible cords which we call laws, on which all is...

Sobre l'autor (1883)

Known primarily as the leader of the philosophical movement transcendentalism, which stresses the ties of humans to nature, Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet and essayist, was born in Boston in 1803. From a long line of religious leaders, Emerson became the minister of the Second Church (Unitarian) in 1829. He left the church in 1832 because of profound differences in interpretation and doubts about church doctrine. He visited England and met with British writers and philosophers. It was during this first excursion abroad that Emerson formulated his ideas for Self-Reliance. He returned to the United States in 1833 and settled in Concord, Massachusetts. He began lecturing in Boston. His first book, Nature (1836), published anonymously, detailed his belief and has come to be regarded as his most significant original work on the essence of his philosophy of transcendentalism. The first volume of Essays (1841) contained some of Emerson's most popular works, including the renowned Self-Reliance. Emerson befriended and influenced a number of American authors including Henry David Thoreau. It was Emerson's practice of keeping a journal that inspired Thoreau to do the same and set the stage for Thoreau's experiences at Walden Pond. Emerson married twice (his first wife Ellen died in 1831 of tuberculosis) and had four children (two boys and two girls) with his second wife, Lydia. His first born, Waldo, died at age six. Emerson died in Concord on April 27, 1882 at the age of 78 due to pneumonia and is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts.

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