Archive for the ‘Ralph Waldo Emerson’ Category

Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009
The Scream, by Edvard Munch

This disaster of the Cherokees, brought to me by a sad friend to blacken my days and nights! I can do nothing; why shriek? Why strike ineffectual blows? I stir in it for the sad reason that no other mortal will move, and if I do not…

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I must be myself

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
Ralph Waldo Emerson love quote t shirt

I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices me, and the heart appoints. If you are noble, I will love you; if you are not, I will not hurt you and myself by hypocritical attentions. If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek…

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Language is fossil poetry

Sunday, March 29th, 2009
flowering tree

The poets made all the words, and therefore language is the archives of history, and, if we must say it, a sort of tomb of the muses. For though the origin of most of our words is forgotten, each word was at first a stroke of genius, and obtained currency because for the moment it symbolized the world to the first speaker and to the hearer. The etymologist…

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A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

Friday, December 19th, 2008
Hobgoblin of Little Minds

Leave your theory, as Joseph his coat in the hand of the harlot, and flee.

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to…

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All that Shakespeare says of the king, yonder slip of a boy that reads in the corner feels to be true of himself.

Saturday, December 6th, 2008

All that Shakespeare says of the king, yonder slip of a boy that reads in the corner feels to be true of himself. We sympathize in the great moments of history, in the great discoveries, the great resistances, the great prosperities of men; — because there law was enacted, the sea was…

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The only gift is a portion of thyself

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Next to things of necessity, the rule for a gift, which one of my friends prescribed, is, that we might convey to some person that which properly belonged to his character, and was easily associated with him in thought…

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We boil at different degrees

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

It is the doctrine of the popular music-masters, that whoever can speak can sing. So, probably, every man is eloquent once in his life. Our temperaments differ in capacity of heat, or…

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