A man speaking from insight affirms of himself what is true of the mind: seeing its immortality, he says, I am immortal; seeing its invincibility, he says, I am strong. Nor can he blink the freewill. On one side elemental order, sandstone and granite, rock-ledges, peat-bog, forest, sea and shore; and on the other part thought, the spirit which composes and decomposes nature, — here they are, side by side, god and devil, mind and matter, king and conspirator, belt and spasm, riding peacefully together in the eye and brain of every man. During a year-long trip to Europe, Emerson became acquainted with such intelligentsia as British writer , and poets and. Religious literature has eminent examples, and if we run over our private list of poets, critics, philanthropists and philosophers, we shall find them infected with this dropsy and elephantiasis, which we ought to have tapped. Stick to your brewery he said this to young Buxton , and you will be the great brewer of London.
Mahometan and Chinese know what we know of leap-year, of the Gregorian calendar, and of the precession of the equinoxes. But the cow that he buys gives milk for three months; then her bag dries up. One leaf she lays down, a floor of granite; then a thousand ages, and a bed of slate; a thousand ages, and a measure of coal; a thousand ages, and a layer of marl and mud: vegetable forms appear; her first misshapen animals, zoöphyte, trilobium, fish; then, saurians, — rude forms, in which she has only blocked her future statue, concealing under these unwieldly monsters the fine type of her coming king. The craft of the merchant is this bringing a thing from where it abounds to where it is costly. A vesicle in new circumstances, a vesicle lodged in darkness, Oken thought, became animal; in light, a plant. William Emerson a Unitarian minister, descended from a well-known line of ministers.
The too much contemplation of these limits induces meanness. Now which stroke broke the trunnion? In science we have to consider two things; power and circumstance. A garden is like those pernicious machineries we read of every month in the newspapers, which catch a man's coat-skirt or his hand and draw in his arm, his leg and his whole body to irresistible destruction. We cannot trifle with this reality, this cropping-out in our planted gardens of the core of the world. A man who has that presence of mind which can bring to him on the instant all he knows, is worth for action a dozen men who know as much but can only bring it to light slowly. The secret of success lies never in the amount of money, but in the relation of income to outgo; as, after expense has been fixed at a certain point, then new and steady rills of income though never so small being added, wealth begins.
It is poured into the souls of all men, as the soul itself which constitutes them men. The Spartan, embodying his religion in his country, dies before its majesty without a question. If you believe in Fate to your harm, believe it at least for your good. In age we put out another sort of perspiration, — gout, fever, rheumatism, caprice, doubt, fretting and avarice. The good judge is not he who does hairsplitting justice to every allegation, but who, aiming at substantial justice, rules something intelligible for the guidance of suitors. So a broad, healthy, massive understanding seems to lie on the shore of unseen rivers, of unseen oceans, which are covered with barks that night and day are drifted to this point.
Events are the children of his body and mind. Who shall set a limit to the influence of a human being? I have not at all completed my design. Emerson died of pneumonia, aged 78, on 27 April 1882 in Concord, and was buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord. Never read any but famed books. We know what madness belongs to love, — what power to paint a vile object in hues of heaven. Every creature, wren or dragon, shall make its own lair. The menagerie, or forms and powers of the spine, is a book of fate; the bill of the bird, the skull of the snake, determines tyrannically its limits.
But Nature is no sentimentalist, — does not cosset or pamper us. Good husbandry finds wife, children and household. Emerson was a great ess Ralph Waldo Emerson was a premier literary, philosophical, and artistic figure of mid nineteenth century America. There is a refining influence from the arts of Design on a prepared mind which is as positive as that of music, and not to be supplied from any other source. They have been effeminated by position or nature, born halt and blind, through luxury of their parents, and can only, like invalids, act on the defensive.
Self-reliance appears in the essay in his discussion of respect. The longer the drought lasts the more is the atmosphere surcharged with water. Long marches are no hardship to him. Copyright information: The text is in the public domain. What each does is proper to him. But these shocks and ruins are less destructive to us than the stealthy power of other laws which act on us daily.
It is not a gift that is available on demand, however, and a major task of life is to meld genius with its expression. His bones ache with the days' work that earned it. The custom of the country will do it all. He is met and antagonized by other speculators as hot as he. Edited with an introduction by Larzer Ziff.