Self-Reliance and Other Essays

Self Reliance and Other Essays Essayist poet and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson propounded a transcendental idealism emphasizing self reliance self culture and individual expression The six essays and one address in

Essayist, poet, and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 1882 propounded a transcendental idealism emphasizing self reliance, self culture, and individual expression The six essays and one address included in this volume, selected from Essays, First Series 1841 and Essays, Second Series 1844 , offer a representative sampling of his views outlining that moral idealisEssayist, poet, and philosopher, Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 1882 propounded a transcendental idealism emphasizing self reliance, self culture, and individual expression The six essays and one address included in this volume, selected from Essays, First Series 1841 and Essays, Second Series 1844 , offer a representative sampling of his views outlining that moral idealism as well as a hint of the later skepticism that colored his thought In addition to the celebrated title essay, the others included here are History, Friendship, The Over Soul, The Poet, and Experience, plus the well known and frequently read Harvard Divinity School Address.

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  1. in 1803, Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston Educated at Harvard and the Cambridge Divinity School, he became a Unitarian minister in 1826 at the Second Church Unitarian The congregation, with Christian overtones, issued communion, something Emerson refused to do Really, it is beyond my comprehension, Emerson once said, when asked by a seminary professor whether he believed in God Quoted in 2,000 Years of Freethought edited by Jim Haught By 1832, after the untimely death of his first wife, Emerson cut loose from Unitarianism During a year long trip to Europe, Emerson became acquainted with such intelligentsia as British writer Thomas Carlyle, and poets Wordsworth and Coleridge He returned to the United States in 1833, to a life as poet, writer and lecturer Emerson inspired Transcendentalism, although never adopting the label himself He rejected traditional ideas of deity in favor of an Over Soul or Form of Good, ideas which were considered highly heretical His books include Nature 1836 , The American Scholar 1837 , Divinity School Address 1838 , Essays, 2 vol 1841, 1844 , Nature, Addresses and Lectures 1849 , and three volumes of poetry Margaret Fuller became one of his disciples, as did Henry David Thoreau.The best of Emerson s rather wordy writing survives as epigrams, such as the famous A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines Other one and two liners include As men s prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect Self Reliance, 1841 The most tedious of all discourses are on the subject of the Supreme Being Journal, 1836 The word miracle, as pronounced by Christian churches, gives a false impression it is a monster It is not one with the blowing clover and the falling rain Address to Harvard Divinity College, July 15, 1838 He demolished the right wing hypocrites of his era in his essay Worship the louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons Conduct of Life, 1860 I hate this shallow Americanism which hopes to get rich by credit, to get knowledge by raps on midnight tables, to learn the economy of the mind by phrenology, or skill without study, or mastery without apprenticeship Self Reliance The first and last lesson of religion is, The things that are seen are temporal the things that are not seen are eternal It puts an affront upon nature English Traits , 1856 The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant Civilization, 1862 He influenced generations of Americans, from his friend Henry David Thoreau to John Dewey, and in Europe, Friedrich Nietzsche, who takes up such Emersonian themes as power, fate, the uses of poetry and history, and the critique of Christianity D 1882.Ralph Waldo Emerson was his son and Waldo Emerson Forbes, his grandson More rwe platoanford entries emeanscendentalism legacy.tamu.enpedia wiki Ralph_Wapoets poetp prmPID 201pbs wnet ihas poet emeography people ralphine literature emeremersoncentral

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  1. Ralph Waldo Emerson is the greatest writer who ever lived I carry his collected essays around like a Mormon carries the Book of Mormon Though I don t ride a bike No one has every offered up wisdom, with such jazzy tempo and energetic flow He has a extensive vocabulary than Shakespeare, and I believe he was the first writer who suffered from A.D.D It is like the great UCLA professor Coulecourcio once said, It s as if his sentences don t know each other I appreciate that he doesn t try to make e [...]

  2. when i read this i was 20 and under the impression that what was shitty about the world and people could be changed and that me and my friends could make an impact for the better on people just by talking to them and reasoning with themnce then i ve lost god and watch w win back to back elections, so I guess you could say i m a bit jadedill, i like a lot of what emerson says self reliance cannot be underestimated if only we chided ourselves for our mistakes instead of placing blame, and applaud [...]

  3. Fantastic I had a natural disposition from an early age to stand on my own ground apart from the crowd I ve embraced my own personal truth without the need to force my values and opinions upon others This philosophy has awarded me popularity and in some cases, intense enemies throughout my life There is no happiness quite like self acceptance and the ability to be comfortable with one s own personality and conviction of beliefs Ralph Waldo Emerson illuminates these truths with great vigor and te [...]

  4. Ralph Waldo Emerson 1803 1882 est un crivain am ricain, chef de file d un mouvement de pens e appel Transcendantalisme , sorte de d isme teint de philosophie, et qui connut une certaine vogue Cet ouvrage comprend six essais crits par lui La Nature est un vibrant hommage la cr ation dont le spectacle doit nous emplir de d lice, nous fournit l ensemble des commodit s n cessaires et superflues, nous charme par la vari t de ses gr ces Il avance cette th se paradoxale que le langage est un don de la [...]

  5. Do I always agree with him Of course not In particular, his emphasis on self reliance rather than wisdom handed down and tested through time has always struck me as fool hardy But his thinking is so central to American identity and is so beautifully argued that it is worthwhile studying no matter what your perspective.

  6. Self Reliance is an essay that captures the independent spirit behind many Americans, but it overlooks the sinfulness of people Emerson calls on each person to listen to his own intuition rather than society, membership organizations, or religious traditions He believes that each person can achieve his greatest genius by listening to himself In the middle section of the essay, Emerson presents his arguments for his belief The support seems to largely be based on a faulty understanding of God He [...]

  7. Nathaniel Hawthorne best captured Emmerson s Transcendentalism in his short story The Celestial Railroad inspired by Bunyan s Pilgrim s Progress He says, He i.e Giant Transcendentalism shouted after us, but in so strange a phraseology that we knew not what he meant, nor whether to be encouraged or affrighted Emerson s essays are filled with feel good rhetoric on being one with the Oversoul He lectures on originality while borrowing ideas from Eastern religions and insists upon religious toleranc [...]

  8. Whoso would be a man, must be a non conformist He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.It is easy in the world to live after the world s opinion it is easy in solitude to live after our own but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adore [...]

  9. Emerson s Essay on Self Reliance is the classic argument for non conformity Everyone should read it if only for the quotes Check it out Whosoever would be a man must be a non conformist Or how about A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds It s best to read this essay when you are 19, but no one is too old to enjoy this classic.

  10. I reread Self Reliance shortly after quitting Facebook, and then re read it again twice , in disbelief that apparently the issues I have with FB are not so removed from Emerson s times this is classic and timeless.

  11. I love Ralph Waldo I can only understand 1 out of every 5 things he says, but the parts I am getting are brilliant I hear the American Scholar essay is fantastic Can t wait to read it.

  12. Dear Lord, please no never again if it can be helped, and if I must be tortured for some wrong and made to read a terrible book, give me Twilight or a bad fan fiction but not this.

  13. Holy smokes This is one of those rare things you hear about your whole life but put off because it sounds boring Something hailed as a classic but something you are skeptical of being relevant for the current age.But when it finally comes to you, and when you finally get the discipline to read it, it resonates and turns out to be just the thing you needed to read, right at that stage in your life.This is an essay about self reliance, not in the Thoreau sense, but being self oriented even when in [...]

  14. Reading BooksEmerson thinks that you should only read as a last resort Books are for the scholar s idle times When he can read God directly, the hour is too precious to be waster in other men s transcripts of their readings But when the intervals of darkness come, as come they must, when the soul seeth not, when the sun is hid and the stars withdraw their shining, we repair to the lamps which were kindled by their ray, to guide our steps to the East again, where the dawn is We hear, that we may [...]

  15. I didn t read this exact edition Mine had 12 essays in it, including Self Reliance I m not really sure why that particular essay is so popular I guess people take away the message of believe in yourself and don t worry about what the critics in your life say That s great, but Emerson seems arrogant and extreme than that For example To believe your own thought, to believe that what it true for you in your private heart is true for all men that is genius No, it isn t That s one of the things they [...]

  16. Ne te quaesiveris extra i loved these essays in high school despite having to read emerson for a presentation this is one book i really wish were here on my shelf and not back in indiana So use all that is called Fortune Most men gamble with her, and gain all, and lose all, as her wheel rolls But do thou leave as unlawful these winnings, and deal with Cause and Effect, the chancellors of God In the Will work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of Chance, and shalt sit hereafter out of f [...]

  17. I m a huge Emerson fan and, while many do not consider him the finest in terms of literary merit though I enjoy his prose and he himself felt Thoreau would be the poetic prophet of Transcendentalism, Emerson s style and philosophy are dear to my heart PS I read many other misc essays and books by about Emerson and Thoreau for one of my MA term papers, so if anyone happens to be interested, let me know and I ll pull up my old Works Cited page

  18. The essay Self Reliance has been immensely important to me If ever you are going through tough times, or feel that you are not being treated as well as you deserve, or fear that you are too dependent on another person for your happiness, or are just wondering about what it really means to have personal identity, read this essay It s incredible.

  19. Emerson s essays are best read when A You re of the thought that the world can transcend its troubles, be changed for the better, and that you, personally, can be the agent of much of the change.B You ve become older and jaded and need to be reminded that at one time you thought the world could be changed for the better and that you could be the agent of much of the change.

  20. So dense yet lucid and poetic and can t get your arms around him, no matter how hard you try I ve been coming back to this stuff for years in short but deeply felt dives into Emerson s humming catacombs I do believe what Bloom says when he calls Ralphie boy the mind of America s all there

  21. Pure and simple Self Reliance was life altering My personal philosophy of life is largely grounded in the ideals that are so well articulated and espoused in this short work It s like scripture to me.

  22. Wow.When I read someone as gifted as RWE, I feel like Mr Potato head Have I ever really had an original thought Very inspirational and also very challenging KLW

  23. Be yourself no base imitator of another, but your best self There is something which you can do better than another Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for.

  24. Okay so I really have not read this entire book I only read Self Reliance and not the other essays becasue it was for school, and I have sooo many other books to read that I just cannot read the other essays maybe some other time though.

  25. Emerson s transcendental philosophy is interesting in how it sidesteps a lot of the problems associated with similar views Though very similar in its emphasis on the power of the imagination to Romanticism, and though Emerson makes some really outrageous claims, he has a manner of writing and argumentation that is so assured and clear that sometimes it doesn t matter that he s wrong, or at least limited, because he s inspiring in his wrongness, and wrong only in a rigorous philosophical sense Th [...]

  26. Many of Emerson s ideas, are existent in most every sector of society, especially individualismof which America was essentially founded Yet, it would be a mistake to take too many of his ideas to heart namely self righteousness We are not gods, and to propose that possibility is ludicrous however, the basis of Self Reliance yields to the soul that would neglect conformity in the hopes of extinguishing legalistic thoughts and behaviors Those interested in philosophy should read these essays, as W [...]

  27. Being a non conformist is fine But that doesn t mean you are exempt from the moral code of the society in which you live, or that you are superior to those around you Or that that God is speaking through the genuine actions of your pure, undying soul After reading Self Reliance , I understand why so many reviews of this essay begin by saying that this was formerly a much loved read during high school The main ideas here are straight from the diary of an angst ridden, over privileged, self absorb [...]

  28. I m not that big into non fiction It s strange as I enjoy learning as a general rule, but non fiction is too close to being like a textbook to me Emerson, thanks to the time when the written word held value, and thought was given due to the effort it took to write it put forth the ideal of America, particularly through literature Due to him authors like Melville, Hawthorne, Whitman, Thoreau, Douglas, and, to a lesser extent Beecher Stowe brought a new wave of modernity to literature.

  29. There is a time in every man s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance that imitation is suicide that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried. [...]

  30. Yes, Emerson s elegant writing can be a bit 19th century cumbersome, but look past it to the ideas and principles His philosophy won t appeal to everyone, and I disagree with a few of his thoughts and arguments for example, his opinion that traveling is a fool s paradise but they are all thought provoking and profound, especially in Self Reliance and Friendship 5 stars for how provocative the essays all are.

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