“Keep close to realities. Check out On Reading Emerson by Kyle Gann, Sarah Cahill on Amazon Music. Media can never become a substitute for “keep[ing] to close realities,” nor “accustom[ing] yourself to getting facts first hand.” Experience furnishes the most potent material for thought, and the validity of thought can be verified in no other way. Where some might see a contradiction in Emerson’s views on reading, he saw a creative tension. “It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” ― Ralph Waldo … Sometimes another. Remember they are made for everybody, and don’t try to get what isn’t meant for you . Proverbs, like the sacred books of each nation, are the sanctuary of the intuitions.
. Stream ad-free or purchase CD's and MP3s now on Amazon.co.uk. So don’t be afraid to break rules, including these. There are books which take rank in your life with parents and lovers and passionate experiences, so medicinal, so stringent, so revolutionary, so authoritative. Go with mean people and you think life is mean. Lastly, biographies can also furnish direction as to more concrete, specific habits to adopt.
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. A company of the wisest and wittiest men that could be picked out of all civil countries in a thousand years have set in best order the results of their learning and wisdom.”, “As whole nations have derived their culture from a single book, — as the Bible has been the literature as well as the religion of large portions of Europe; as Hafiz was the eminent genius of the Persians, Confucius of the Chinese, Cervantes of the Spaniards; so, perhaps, the human mind would be a gainer if all the secondary writers were lost.”, “The inspection of [a library’s vast] catalogue brings me continually back to the few standard writers who are on every private shelf; and to these it can afford only the most slight and casual additions.”. But the real question is, What it will do with you? . “All biography then,” Richardson observes, “is at last autobiography.”, “learn how to tell from the beginnings of the chapters and from glimpses of the sentences whether you need to read them entirely through. Keep yourself out and watch for your own impressions.”. He read them not once, but many times throughout his life.
• Last updated: September 5, 2020, “The great object of education is to acquaint the youthful man with himself, to inspire in him self-trust.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson. Like Emerson's writing, the piece is peppered with quotations, three of which (by Busoni, Ives, and MacDowell, the Busoni itself a quotation from Bach) the listener may recognize. Not all of it is meant for you. In his essay entitled “Self-Reliance,” Emerson boldly states society (and especially today’s politically correct environment) has an adverse effect on a person’s growth. Let the view you pick up from one book change after reading another. There is a great secret in knowing what to keep out of the mind as well as what to put in. Because I think of Emerson as ever aware of the interpenetration of opposites, almost every chord in the piece contains a tone from the opposite chord, and because he is all encompassing, I used, for the first time in my life, a 12-tone row. Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst. Books are the best of things if well used; if abused, among the worst. This growth happened not by copying every detail of the lives of eminent men, of course, which would contradict the aim of seeking a self-reliant, original path. We can only incorporate what we are ready for. I am grateful to Sarah for giving that orphaned phrase a home at last. First, it simply revives one’s belief in “the absolute boundlessness of our capacity,” a belief all the more inspiring when one feels he is made of the very same stuff as the heroes of yesteryear. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it. I resisted the impulse to title the piece "Whim," though like Emerson, "I hope it is somewhat better than whim at last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation." We may profoundly disagree with a point of view, and still find it wonderfully thought-provoking. The one thing Emerson didn’t read a lot of was fiction. .
Search for Library Items Search for Lists Search for Contacts Search for a Library. Emerson thus selected texts that offered firsthand accounts — travelogues, testaments, journals, descriptions of discovery, forthright arguments, autobiographies, poems, and the like. Given that the educative value of books was secondary to Nature and action because they only transcribed primary experiences, books that came closest to capturing those visceral, lived realities were superior to those whose contents were further removed. Sometimes what we need to move forward is a book. Nature, however, has provided a way of increasing our chances of hitting the jackpot. Then you accustom yourself to getting facts at first hand. In brief, sir, study what you most affect”.
Surcharge it with thoughts in which it delights and it becomes active. Respect is due to the inspiration of the moment.”. Conversely, Emerson cast aside those writings which were banally derivative of more original works, and offered only opinions and commentaries on more visceral writing without adding a fresh angle.
. Do not read what you shall learn, without asking, in the street and the train.”, Emerson considered the news one of the lowest, if not the lowest form of media. return to the home page. Therefore, Emerson advises, “transfer the amount of your reading day by day from the newspaper to the standard authors.”.
. Perhaps no one wrestled with this question more than the prime progenitor of the very concept of self-reliance: Ralph Waldo Emerson. Somewhere the author has hidden his message. To understand why, you need to know a bit more about his philosophy on human nature.
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