Essays

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Read Books, 2008 - Education - 620 pages
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THERE is one mind cornrnon to all individual men. Every man is an inlet to the samc and to all of the sanlc. IIe t. llat is once admittcd to the right of reason is made a freeman of c whole estate. What llato haw thought, he may think what s saint has felt, he rnay feel what at any time has 1 efallcn any man, he can understand. JVbo hath access to this universal mind is a party ta all that is ol can bc done, for this is the only and sovereign agent. Of the worlrs of this mind history is thc record. Its genius is illustrated by the entire series of days. ISIan is explicablc by nothing less than all his his tory. VTithout hurry, without rest, the human spirit goes forth from the beginning ta embody cvery faculty, every thought, every emotion which belongs to it, in appropriate events. But the thought is always prior to thc fact all the facts of history preExist in the mind as laws. Each law in turn is mLade by circumvtanccs predominant, and the limits

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Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1803. A self-proclaimed "Naturalist," Emerson founded a distinctly American philosophy emphasizing optimism, individuality, and mysticism. In the 1840's, his essays, speeches, and poetry defined him as a central character in the Trancendental movement, and ultimately shaped him into one of the most influential literary figures of the nineteenth century. He died of pneumonia in 1882 in Concord, Massachusetts.

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