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But it is open to graver criticism than the palsy of its members: it is a system of despair.

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And yet at the same time, for the most part, I can't find how they are of use in these times. His assertion that all mind is one, all from the one source suggests that if his thinking is correct then I should be able to find the merit in his thinking if his thinking is sound. He provides the perfect argument against idealism while intending just the opposite. The disease with which the human mind now labors, is want of faith. The soul lets no man go without some visitations and holy-days of a diviner presence. You remember the story of the poor woman who importuned King Philip of Macedon to grant her justice, which Philip refused: the woman exclaimed, "I appeal": the king, astonished, asked to whom she appealed: the woman replied, "from Philip drunk to Philip sober. He settled in Concord, Massachusetts, in , where he began a new career as a public lecturer, and married Lydia Jackson a year later. A man of good sense but of little faith, whose compassion seemed to lead him to church as often as he went there, said to me; "that he liked to have concerts, and fairs, and churches, and other public amusements go on.

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I think, according to the good-hearted word of Plato, "Unwillingly the soul is deprived of truth. I do not recognize, beside the class of the good and the wise, a permanent class of skeptics, or a class of conservatives, or of malignants, or of materialists.

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Unfortunately, I think he's peddling snake oil. Life must be lived on a higher plane.

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He provides the perfect argument against idealism while intending just the opposite. The disease with which the human mind now labors, is want of faith.

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But even one step farther out our infidelity has gone. The soul lets no man go without some visitations and holy-days of a diviner presence. The Library of America series includes more than volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1, pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries. That same year he married Ellen Louise Tucker, who was to die of tuberculosis only seventeen months later. I do not believe that the differences of opinion and character in men are organic. So that seems to make them interested mostly from a literary point of view, the peculiar choice and use of words takes a while to get used to. I am left wondering if he is one of the last of the enlightenment classicists of if he is one of the earliest modernists? Not merely another selection of his essays, this volume includes all his major books in their rich entirety. And yet at the same time, for the most part, I can't find how they are of use in these times. I'm still working on that.

Naturehis first published work, contained the essence of his transcendental philosophywhich views the world of phenomena as a sort of symbol of the inner life and emphasizes individual freedom and self-reliance.

We do not think we can speak to divine sentiments in man, and we do not try. Even as he extols what he called "the great and crescive self," he dramatizes and records its vicissitudes.

I do not believe in two classes.

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Essays & Lectures by Emerson, Ralph Waldo