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Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  • Posted February 6, 2012

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    Life Altering

    Nietzsche was actually the one who introduced me to this "sage of concord". I have never known an american writer to be so unmaterialistic as Emerson. He is the ultimate Idealist in that he gives us hope to be our true nature while still listening to the inner voice of logic. No one has been more positivistic as Ralph Waldo Emerson. I have read the whole thing many times and throughout I feel a great sense of relief that a man such as this walked out streets. Thank you nature for creating him!

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    Posted April 8, 2013

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    Youre a crackead lol

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    Posted April 8, 2013

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    I accidently deleted my search history whats our book again lol

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  • Posted March 22, 2012

    A compilation of wisdom and intelligence that begs reading.

    Emerson is one of those rare individuals who thought about the real world and the spiritual world, and could make sense out of both. His brilliant essays challenge the reader to think and to, figuratively speaking, paint with a broader brush.
    It is never too late to read, or reread, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2005

    Coolest stuff I've ever read!

    Best stuff I've ever read in my life. Period. Even better than Walden, although not quite as coherently constructed. The ideas are every bit as deep. Deeper, probably. Emerson loved people. Thoreau was a bit more misanthropic and preferred to be alone. I love both of these guys and Walden (Thoreaus' work) would have to be my all time favorite book of all time. But I really think Thoreau owes a lot to Emerson. He had to have borrowed many of his ideas. Emerson and Thoreau are the two most important authors EVER... not just American authors. I'm talking about in the history of the world all around the world. They're awsome. READ THEM!!! This stuff reads like modern scripture, but there's no hidden meanings. It's easy enough to understand. But it'll change your world (for the better) if you can get through it. Cool stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2002

    Glad to the brink of fear

    This is not a review of this specific volume of Emerson's major writings , but rather a few reflections about him and his work which try to sum up my own acquaintance with it. Emerson is like his student and friend Thoreau a poetic thinker. He is deep in a kind of perception which carries with it aphoristic beauty .He is one of the great American originals, and one of its premier philosophers.His idea and ideal of self - reliance goes to the heart of a certain kind of unique American striving .He is the thinker who builds a better mousetrap,and the world does beat a pathway to his door. But as many of his interpreters,notably Stephen Whicher make clear he has a darker side than his primary outgoing,pioneering optimism..He knows in his life many tragic personal losses , and that too is in his thought. Emerson is one of the great American representative men of the nineteeth century, of the American Renaissance.He is the mentor of Thoreau and also the one who declares his other great pupil Whitman's promise to the world.William James and Pragmatism also come from his thought. There is much tangle in his thought and much contradiction, but he truly embraces the contradictions and is greater than them. He is an American idea and an American ideal , and if we a century and one half - later are somehow more subdued we are nonetheless grateful to him for the shot heard round the world , which announced a new great hope for mankind , a philosophy of freedom and exploration and great great concision in revelation of nature 's plain and hidden beauties.

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