written much on labor and reform, and for all that they have written, neither the world nor themselves have got on a step. I would gladly be moral, and keep due metes and bounds, which I dearly love, and allow the most to the will of man, but I have set my heart on honesty in this chapter, and I can see nothing at last, in success. Freedom and Fate: An Inner Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson. I carry the keys of my castle in my hand, ready to throw them at the feet of my lord, whenever and in what disguise soever he shall appear. I thus express the law as it is read from the platform of ordinary life, but must not leave it without noticing the capital exception. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, jump to navigation, jump to search. Between these extremes is the equator of life, of thought, of spirit, of poetry, - a narrow belt. Life is hereby melted into an expectation or a religion. Perhaps these subject-lenses have a creative power; perhaps there are no objects.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Alfred Kazin observes in his Introduction, was a great wri ter who turned the essay into a form all his own.
Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1803.
A self- proclaimed Naturalist, Emerson founded a distinctly American philosophy.
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Essays: First Series, 1841.
He is born into other politics, into the eternal and beautiful. Life wears to me a visionary face. My reception has been so large, that I am not annoyed by receiving this or that superabundantly. All private sympathy is partial. Theoretic kidnappers and slave-drivers, they esteem each man the victim of another, who winds him round his finger by knowing the law of his being, and by such cheap signboards as the color of his beard, or the slope of his occiput, reads the inventory. We too fancy that the upper people must have raised their dams.
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People disparage knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing. "Shooting the Gulf: Emerson's Sense of Experience ESQ 31 211-229. Jesus the "providential man is a good man on whom many people are agreed that these optical laws shall take effect. Shall I preclude my future, by taking a high seat, and kindly adapting my conversation to the shape of heads? I had fancied that the value of life lay in its inscrutable possibilities; in the fact that I never know, in addressing myself to a new individual, what may befall. It is not the part of men, but of fanatics, or of mathematicians, if you will, to say, that, the shortness of life considered, it is not worth caring whether for so short a duration we were sprawling in want, or sitting high. Their opinion gives me tidings of their mood, and some vague guess at the new fact but is nowise to be trusted as the lasting relation between that intellect and that thing. We wake and find ourselves on a stair; there are stairs below us, which we seem to have ascended; there are stairs above us, many a one, which go upward and out of sight. It is a tempest of fancies, and the only ballast I know, is a respect to the present hour. Of what use to make heroic vows of amendment, if the same old law-breaker is to keep them? The subject is the receiver of Godhead, and at every comparison must feel his being enhanced by that cryptic might.