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Emerson: Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Signet classics) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1995
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"Standing on the bare ground--my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space--all mean egotism vanishes," Emerson wrote in Nature, his statement of the principles of transcendentalism. "I become a transparent eyeball." Nature, published in 1836 when Emerson was thirty-three, is collected here with his book of observations on the English people; a famous sermon against administering communion in church; a sketch of his step-grandfather; the eulogy he delivered at the funeral of his Concord friend and neighbor Henry David Thoreau; twenty-three poems; and addresses, lectures, and essays on such subjects as slavery, self-reliance, and organized Christianity's obsession with the person of Jesus. Emerson called transcendentalism another word for idealism--"a hypothesis to account for nature by other principles than those of carpentry and chemistry." Considered intensely radical at a time when materialism and a rigid form of Christianity were ascendant, he urged Americans to "enjoy an original relation to the universe." These selections span Emerson's career as author and traveling lecturer, and chart his evolving thought: the concepts of the "oversoul", individualism without egotism, and antimaterialism; a belief in intuition, independence, and "the splendid labyrinth of one's own perceptions." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"I was simmering, simmering, simmering. Emerson brought me to a boil." --Walt Whitman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson from The Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson. The 19th century Transcendental philosopher.
In my spiritual family tree, Emerson occupies the great great+ grandfather slot (right there above Campbell and Maslow). :)
I truly love the man. You can feel his energy emanating from his powerful essays and if you haven’t read his work yet, I highly recommend it. I’d suggest you start with Self-Reliance and then maybe Nature, Compensation, Spiritual Laws, Heroism, and Circles—all of which are available on the web with a quick google search. To dive deeper, I recommend the hardcover Modern Library edition of The Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
If you’re like me, his eloquence, eminent quotability and passion for each of us to experience the transcendent joy that results from connecting to our Highest Self will often leave you in awe.
Here are some of the Big Ideas:
1. Enthusiasm - Invite God to your house.
2. Trust Thyself - Iron strings.
3. Be Godlike! - Cast off common motives.
4. Don’t Follow - Lead. And leave a trail.
5. Cowards & God - Cowards needs not apply
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