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Natural History of Intellect and Other Papers (Volume 12) download ebook

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Natural History of Intellect and Other Papers (Volume 12). Ralph Waldo Emerson

Natural History of Intellect and Other Papers (Volume 12)
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Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Number of Pages: 48 pages
Published Date: 04 Feb 2012
Publisher: General Books
Publication Country: Miami Fl, United States
Language: English
Format: Pdf
ISBN: 9781235677137
Download Link: Natural History of Intellect and Other Papers (Volume 12)
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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. 1893. Excerpt: ... PAPERS FROM THE DIAL. The tongue is prone to lose the way; Not so the pen, for in a letter We have not better things to say, But surely say them better. In our fidelity to the higher truth we need not disown our debt, in our actual state of culture, in the twilights of experience, to these rude helpers. They keep alive the memory and the hope of a better day. When we flout all particular books as initial merely, we truly express the privilege of spiritual nature, but alas, not the fact and fortune of this low Massachusetts and Boston, of these humble Junes and Decembers of mortal life. Our souls are not self-fed, but do eat and drink of chemical water and wheat. Let us not forget the genial miraculous force we have known to proceed from a book. We go musing into the vault of day and night; no constellation shines, no muse descends, the stars are white points, the roses brick-colored leaves, and frogs pipe, mice cheep, and wagons creak along the road. We return to the house and take up Plutarch or Augustine, and read a few sentences or pages, and lo! the air swims with life, secrets of magnanimity and grandeur invite us on every hand, life is made up _ - The Dial, vol. i. p. 137. of them. Such is our debt to a book. Observe moreover that we ought to credit literature with much more than the bare word it gives us. I have just been reading poems which now in memory shine with a certain steady, warm, autumnal light. That is not in their grammatical construction which they give me. If I analyze the sentences it eludes me, but is the genius and suggestion of the whole. Over every true poem lingers a certain wild beauty, immeasurable; a happiness lightsome and delicious Alls the heart and brain, as they say every man walks environed by his proper atmosphere...

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