Select Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson

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byRalph Waldo Emerson

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 Excerpt: ...to a crisis or judgement anywhere in visible nature. There is no stunning confutation of his nonsense before men and angels. Has he therefore out-10 witted the law? Inasmuch as he carries the malignity and the lie with him he so far deceases from nature. In some manner there will be a demonstration of the wrong to the understanding also; but, should we not see it, this deadly deduction makes square the eternal account. 15 Neither can it be said, on the other hand, that the gain of rectitude must be bought by any loss. There is no penalty to virtue; no penalty to wisdom; they are proper additions of being. In a virtuous action I properly am; in a virtuous act I add to the world; I plant 20 into deserts conquered from Chaos and Nothing and see the darkness receding on the limits of the horizon. There can be no excess to love, none to knowledge, none to beauty, when these attributes are considered in the purest sense. The soul refuses limits, and always 25 affirms an Optimism, never a Pessimism. His2 life is a progress, and not a station. His instinct is trust. Our instinct uses " more " and "less" in appli1 Obstinate baseness. 2 The soul's. cation to man, of the presence of the soul, and not of its absence; the brave man is greater than the coward; the true, the benevolent, the wise, is more a man and not less, than the fool and knave. There is no tax on 5 the good of virtue, for that is the incoming of God himself, or absolute existence, without any comparative. Material good has its tax, and if it came without desert or sweat, has no root in me, and the next wind will blow it away. But all the good of nature is the soul's, and 10 may be had if paid for in nature's lawful coin, that is, by labour which the heart and the head allow. I no l...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1907 Excerpt: ...to a crisis or judgement anywhere in visible nature. There is no stunning confutation of his nonsense before men and angels. Has...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:62 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:May 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217867405

ISBN - 13:9780217867405

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