Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ralph Waldo Emerson-History

I am working on finishing Self-Reliance and Other Essays. This is not a quick read but it has a lot of good stuff.

I will probably post little pieces here and there to give you a glimpse of his work.

"Broader and deeper we must write our annal, --from an ethical reformation, from an influx of the ever new, ever sanative conscience, --if we would trulier express our central and wide-related nature, instead of this old chronology of selfishness and pride to which we have too long lent our eyes. Already that day exists for us, shines in on us at unawares, but the path of science and of letters is not the way into nature. The idiot, the Indian, the child, and unschooled farmer's boy, stand nearer to the light by which nature is to be read, than the dissector or the antiquary"

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