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Nature: Chapter Eight

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by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882 Prospects In inquiries respecting the laws of the world and the frame of things, the highest reason is always the truest. That which seems faintly possible — it is so refined, is often faint and dim because it is deepest seated in the mind among … Read More

Nature: Chapter Seven

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by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882 Spirit It is essential to a true theory of nature and of man, that it should contain somewhat progressive. Uses that are exhausted or that may be, and facts that end in the statement, cannot be all that is true of this brave lodging wherein … Read More

Nature: Chapter Six

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by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882 Idealism Thus is the unspeakable but intelligible and practicable meaning of the world conveyed to man, the immortal pupil, in every object of sense. To this one end of Discipline, all parts of nature conspire. A noble doubt perpetually suggests itself, whether this end be … Read More

Nature: Chapter Five

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by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882 Discipline In view of the significance of nature, we arrive at once at a new This use of the world includes the preceding uses, as parts of itself. Space, time, society, labor, climate, food, locomotion, the animals, the mechanical forces, give us sincerest lessons, day … Read More

Nature: Chapter Four

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by Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 – 1882 Language Language is a third use which Nature subserves to man. Nature is the vehicle, and threefold degree. 1. Words are signs of natural facts. 2. Particular natural facts are symbols of particular spiritual facts. 3. Nature is the symbol of spirit.

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