The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Volume 5

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Pagina 291 - These are traits and measures and modes; and the true test ' of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops, — no, but the kind of man the country turns out.
Pagina 221 - HE who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.
Pagina 306 - THERE is one mind common to all individual men. Every man is an inlet to the same and to all of the same. He that is once admitted to the right of reason is made a freeman of the whole estate. What Plato has thought, he may think; what a saint has felt, he may feel; what at any time has befallen any man, he can understand. Who hath access to this universal mind is a party to all that is or can be done...
Pagina 137 - Manners are the happy ways of doing things; each once a stroke of genius or of love, — now repeated and hardened into usage. They form at last a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned. If they are superficial, so are the dew-drops which give such a depth to the morning meadows.
Pagina 415 - The mathematics and the metaphysics, Fall to them as you find your stomach serves you ; No profit grows where is no pleasure ta'en : In brief, sir, study what you most affect.
Pagina 297 - The universal soul is the alone creator of the useful and the beautiful; therefore to make anything useful or beautiful, the individual must be submitted to the universal mind.
Pagina 491 - Though nothing can bring back the hour Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower ; We will grieve not, rather find Strength in what remains behind...
Pagina 111 - To wade in marshes and seamargins is the destiny of certain birds, and they are so accurately made for this that they are imprisoned in those places. Each animal out of its habitat would starve. To the physician, each man, each woman, is an amplification of one organ. A soldier, a locksmith, a bank-clerk and a dancer could not exchange functions. And thus we are victims of adaptation. The antidotes against this organic egotism are the range and variety of attractions, as gained by acquaintance with...

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