Lorine's cabin water lily

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Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson
Title: Basic selections from essays, poems &
Publisher: Mentor
Year of Publication: 1954
Type of document: Book

Notes: Table of Content: Check mark by The American Scholar

p. 103: Circles "poesy". Brackets "[Perhaps the time is already come when it ought to be, and will be, something else; when the sluggard intellect] of this continent will look from under its iron lids and fill the postponed expectation of the world with something better than the exertions of mechanical skill. [Our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands, draws to a close.] The millions that around us are rushing into life, cannot always be fed on the sere remains of foreign harvests.", bracketed portions of this quote are underlined as well.

p. 104: Underlines, "new days and events have thrown on his character and his hopes.", "social state these functions are parceled out to individuals", "joint work". Brackets, "The state of society is one in which the members have suffered amputation from the trunk, and strut about so many walking monsters--a good finger, a neck, a stomach, an elbow, but never a man.", "Man is thus metamorphosed into a thing, into many things. The planter, who is Man sent out into the field to gather food, is seldom cheered by any idea of the true dignity of his ministry.". Underlines, "Man on the farm". X at line, "The tradesman scarcely ever gives an ideal worth to his work, but is ridden by the routine of his craft, and the soul is subject to dollars." Brackets, "In this distribution of functions the scholar is the delegated intellect. In the right state he is Man Thinking. In the degenerate state, when the victim of society, he tends to become a mere thinker, or still worse, the parrot of other men's thinking." Underlines within this quote, "Man Thinking" and "other men's thinking"

p. 105: Underlines, "man a student," and "things exist for the student's behoof?". Underlines, "first in importance", "mind is that of nature", "winds blow", "grass grows", "What is nature to him?", "resembles his own spirit, whose beginning, whose ending", "the young mind every thing is individual, stands by itself", "two things and see in them one nature", "science is nothing but the finding of analogy, identity, in the most remote parts.". X by line going onto next page, "Thus to him, to this schoolboy under the bending dome of day, is suggested that he and it proceed from one root; one is leaf and one is flower; relation, sympathy, stirring in every vein."

p. 106: Underlines, "what is that root? Is not that the soul of his soul?", "natural philosophy", "the laws of his own mind.". Brackets, "So much of nature as he is ignorant of, so much of his own mind does he not yet possess.". Underlines, "‘Know thyself,' and the modern precept, ‘Study nature,'" and "mind of the Past". Underlines, "into truth", "a book of pure thought". Brackets, "Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding. The books of an older period will not fit this."

p. 107: Underlines, "the hero corrupts into worship of his statue.", "on it by thinkers, not by Man Thinking; by men of talent", "accepted dogmas, not from their own sight of principles.", "young men", "only young men in libraries when they wrote these books.", "What is the right use?What is the one end which all means go to effect? They are for nothing but to inspire.", "The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul." (x by this last underlining), "as yet unborn", "the sound estate of every man". Brackets, "The books, the college, the school of art, the institution of any kind, stop with some past utterance of genius." Underlines, "the eyes of man are set in his forehead, not in his hind-head: man hopes: genius creates. Whatever talents may be, if the man create not, the pure efflux of the Deity is not his;--cinders and smoke there may be, but not yet flame.". There is a note written in the margin next to this last quote but it is difficult to read.

p. 108: Underlines, "solitude". Brackets starting on previous page, "On the other part, instead of being its own seer, let it receive from another mind its truth, though it was in torrents of light, without periods of solitude, inquest, and self-recovery, and a fatal disservice is done. Genius is always sufficiently the enemy of genius by overinfluence. The literature of every nation bears me witness. The English dramatic poets have Shakespearized now for two hundred years." Underlines, "Books are for the scholar's idle time.", "time", "awe mixed with the joy", and "One must be an inventor to read well."

p. 109: Brackets the first full paragraph, and underlines, "various genius to their hospitable halls and by the concentrated fires". Underlines, "their day", "he is not yet man.", and "cowardice".

p. 110: Underlines, "a loss of power", "yet a part of life", "the mind", and "an angel of wisdom". Circles "empyrean".

p. 111: Underlines, "Life is our dictionary.", "intercourse", "the way", "Character is higher than intellect.", and "Living is the functionary."

p. 112: Brackets, "I have now spoken of the education of the scholar by nature, by books, and by action. It remains to say somewhat of his duties.". Underlines, "he must accept--how often!--poverty and solitude."

p. 113: Underlines, "which the scholar has lost in listening to the controversy", "let him hold by himself", "that this day he has seen something truly", and "nature".

p. 114: Underlines, "As the world was plastic and fluid in the hands of God, so it is ever to so much of his attributes as we bring to it."

p. 115: Underlines, "the great man's light, and feel it to be their own", "heart beat", "and we live in him.", "life of one man", "illustrious monarchy", and "The man who has never lived that can feed us ever."

p. 116: Marks start of fourth paragraph. Underlines, "not in the state of mind of their fathers, and regret the coming state as untried". X by, "This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it." and underlines, "if we but know what to do with it."

p. 117: Underlines, "Man is surprised to find that things near are not less beautiful and wondrous than things remote.", "the visible, audible, tangible world.", and "that allies moral evil to the foul material forms".

p. 118: Underlines, "Help must come from the bosom alone. The scholar is that man who must take into himself all the ability of the time, all the contributions of the past, all the hopes of the future.", "The spirit of the American freeman is already suspected to be timid, imitative, tame.", "indomitably on his instincts" and "one character."

p. 119: Underlines, "study of letters shall be no longer a name", "inspired", and "inspires all men". Check at end of reading.

p. 125: In "Works and Days," the entire paragraph beginning "The days are made on a loom whereof..." has been bracketed in the margin.

p. 201: The entire paragraph beginning "It is not a convenience to have a person in town..." is bracketed in the margin.

Notation on the inside back cover: "p. 125, 201."

Date last updated: 11/17/15

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