The Conduct Of Life (volume 6)

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byRalph Waldo Emerson

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1904. Excerpt: ... NOTES THE CONDUCT OF LIFE THE opening pages of the new journal after Mr. Emerson reached his home, in the summer of 1848, after nine months' stay in England, seem to reflect the sense of joyful relief he found in his country, the growing, uncommitted and unbound, -- even half-tamed America. In spite of hospitality and kind reception, he had found the brave and truth-speaking English not as open as his countrymen to ideas, to inspiration. He had written, "Alas ! the halls of England are musty; the land is full of coal-smoke and carpet-smell: not a breath of mountain air dilates the languishing lungs. . . . English and Europeans are girded with an iron belt of condition." So, on the clean fly-leaf of the new journal he wrote two fragments of verse for omens: the first from the noble poem "Inspiration" of Henry Thoreau, who, like a younger brother, had manned the wall of his castle during his absence: -- "I hearing get, who had but ears, And sight, who had but eyes before, I moments live, who lived but years, And truth discern, who knew but learning's lore." Below these lines he wrote the verses of Horace : -- "Hunc solem et Stellas et decedentia certis Tempore momentis, sunt qui formidine nulla Imbuti spectent." {Epistola, I. 6. 34.) I think that he was pleased by the possibility of construing these words, taken by themselves, in opposite significance, oracle-like; either in obvious praise of the constant man whom nature cannot alarm, or in dispraise of the hopeless spirit destitute of wonder and awe. He has now, in lecturing, his own people to deal with, not "persons of quality," or English men of letters, and so in one of the early pages is written the story of Edmund Kean's remark when they told him that "the boxes applauded": "The boxes! a fig for the boxes! I tell you the Pit ros...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1904. Excerpt: ... NOTES THE CONDUCT OF LIFE THE opening pages of the new journal after Mr. Emerson reached his home, in the summer of 1848, after nine months' stay in Engla...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:88 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.18 inPublished:January 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217578799

ISBN - 13:9780217578790

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