Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-82

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Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-82

Post by Nicholas » Fri Aug 18, 2017 10:32 pm

Very much of a stretch to call Emerson a Christian, but could not think where else to put him.
Our eating, trading, marrying, and learning are mistaken by us for ends and realities, whilst they are properly symbols only; when we have come, by a divine leading, into the inner firmament, we are apprised of the unreality or representative character of what we esteemed final.
From his Natural History Of Intellect
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Re: Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-82

Post by Nicholas » Thu Aug 24, 2017 9:42 pm

Whilst we converse with truths as thoughts, they exist also as plastic forces; as the soul of a man, the soul of a plant, the genius or constitution of any part of nature, which makes it what it is. The thought which was in the world, part and parcel of the world, has disengaged itself and taken an independent existence...

My belief in the use of a course on philosophy is that the student shall learn to appreciate the miracle of the mind; shall learn its subtle but immense power, or shall begin to learn it; shall come to know that in seeing and in no tradition, he must find what truth is; that he shall see in it the source of all traditions, and shall see each one of them as better or worse statement of its revelations; shall come to trust it entirely, as the only true; to cleave to God against the name of God. When he has once known the oracle he will need no priest.
From his Natural History Of Intellect
Cast no one out of your heart.

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Re: Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803-82

Post by Nicholas » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:03 am

The philosophy of six thousand years has not
searched the chambers and magazines of the soul.
In its experiments there has always remained, in
the last analysis, a residuum it could not resolve.
Man is a stream whose source is hidden. Our being
is descending into us from we know not whence.
The most exact calculator has no prescience that
somewhat incalculable may not balk the very next
moment. I am constrained every moment to acknowledge
a higher origin for events than the will I call mine.

As with events, so is it with thoughts. When I
watch that flowing river, which, out of regions I see
not, pours for a season its streams into me, I see
that I am a pensioner; not a cause but a surprised
spectator of this ethereal water; that I desire and
look up and put myself in the attitude of reception,
but from some alien energy the visions come.
From his 1841 essay The Over-Soul
Cast no one out of your heart.

William Q. Judge

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