The Works Of Ralph Waldo Emerson (volume 3); Society & Solitude. Letters & Social Aims. Addresses.v…

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byRalph Waldo Emerson

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1904. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... LETTERS AND SOCIAL AIMS. POETRY AND IMAGINATION. THE perception of matter is made the common sense, and for cause. This was the cradle, this the gocart, of the human child. We must learn the homely laws of fire and water; we must feed, wash, plant, build. These are ends of necessity, and first in the order of nature. Poverty, frost, famine, disease, debt, are the beadles and guardsmen that hold us to common-sense. The intellect, yielded up to itself, cannot supersede this tyrannic necessity. The restraining grace of common-sense is the mark of all the valid minds,--of JEsop, Aristotle, Alfred, | Luther, Shakespeare, Cervantes, Franklin, Napoleon. The common - sense which does not meddle with the absolute, but takes things at their word,--things as they appear,--believes in the existence of matter, not because we can touch it, or conceive of it, but because it agrees with ourselves, and the universe does not jest with us, but is in earnest,--is the house of health and life. In spite of all the joys of poets and the joys of saints, the most imaginative and abstracted person never makes, with impunity, the least mistake in this particular,--never tries to kindle his oven with water, nor carries a torch into a powder-mill, nor seizes his wild charger by the tail. We should not pardon the blunder in another, nor endure it in ourselves. But whilst we deal with this as finality, early hints are given that we are not to stay here; that we must be 181 I making ready to go;--a warning that this magnificent hotel and conveniency we call Nature is not final. First innuendoes, then broad hints, then smart taps, are given, suggesting that nothing stands still in nature but death; that the creation is on wheels, in transit, always passing into something else, streaming into so...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1904. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... LETTERS AND SOCIAL AIMS. POETRY AND IMAGINATION. THE perception of matter is made the common sense, and for cause. This was the cradl...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.38 inPublished:January 11, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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