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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

May 2013
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Detail from a manuscript page by John Banville.

Detail from a manuscript page by John Banville.

October 2012
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Every genuine work of art has as much reason for being as the earth and the sun.

 - Ralph Waldo Emerson (via latenightphilosopher)
August 2012
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Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.

 - Ralph Waldo Emerson (via dreamcatcher235)
June 2012
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  • Virginia Woolf on James Joyce: [Ulysses is] the work of a queasy undergraduate scratching his pimples.
  • Harold Bloom on J.K. Rowling: How to read ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’? Why, very quickly, to begin with, and perhaps also to make an end. Why read it? Presumably, if you cannot be persuaded to read anything better, Rowling will have to do.
  • H. G. Wells on George Bernard Shaw: An idiot child screaming in a hospital.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson on Jane Austen: Miss Austen’s novels . . . seem to me vulgar in tone, sterile in artistic invention, imprisoned in the wretched conventions of English society, without genius, wit, or knowledge of the world.
  • William Faulkner on Ernest Hemingway: He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary.
  • Ernest Hemingway on William Faulkner: Poor Faulkner. Does he really think big emotions come from big words?
  • W. H. Auden on Robert Browning: I don’t think Robert Browning was very good in bed. His wife probably didn’t care for him very much. He snored and had fantasies about twelve-year-old girls.
  • Mark Twain on Jane Austen: Every time I read ‘Pride and Prejudice,’ I want to dig her up and hit her over the skull with her own shin-bone.
April 2012
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Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

 - Ralph Waldo Emerson
March 2012
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Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
*This is one of the many required reads for this semester. These types of reviews will consist more of what we discussed in class than my thoughts on the work.
We read several of Emerson’s essays in class, but I most enjoyed “Self-Reliance”.  The essay has three major divisions: the importance of self-reliance, self-reliance and the individual, and self-reliance and society. As a whole, it promotes self-reliance as an ideal, even a virtue, and contrasts it with various modes of dependence or conformity. I suppose that’s why I enjoyed it. Emerson has always been one of my favorite writers, but I been able to read “Self-Reliance” before now.
Rating: ★★★★

Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson

*This is one of the many required reads for this semester. These types of reviews will consist more of what we discussed in class than my thoughts on the work.

We read several of Emerson’s essays in class, but I most enjoyed “Self-Reliance”.  The essay has three major divisions: the importance of self-reliance, self-reliance and the individual, and self-reliance and society. As a whole, it promotes self-reliance as an ideal, even a virtue, and contrasts it with various modes of dependence or conformity. I suppose that’s why I enjoyed it. Emerson has always been one of my favorite writers, but I been able to read “Self-Reliance” before now.

Rating: ★★★★

February 2012
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ls it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self Reliance

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February 2012
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There is creative reading as well as creative writing.

 - Ralph Waldo Emerson
February 2012
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What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.

 - Ralph Waldo Emerson
January 2012
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I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

 - Ralph Waldo Emerson
January 2012
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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 they discover that someone else believes in them and is willing to trust them.

 - Ralph Waldo Emerson (via julie911)
October 2011
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Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study.

thelifeguardlibrarian:

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s study.

July 2011
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We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.

 - Ralph Waldo Emerson