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Contents Plato or the Philosopher. New Readings.

Representative Men by Ralph Waldo Emerson (ebook)

Swedenborg or the Mystic. Shakspeare or the Poet.

Napoleon or the Man of the World. There must be a man behind the book; a personality which, by birth and quality, is pledged to the doctrines there set forth, and which exists to see and state things so, and not otherwise; holding things because they are things.

Page - This vigor was guarded and tempered by the coldest prudence and punctuality. A thunderbolt in the attack, he was found invulnerable in his intrenchments. His very attack was never the inspiration of courage, but the result of calculation. His idea of the best defence consists in being still the attacking party.

Representative Men: Seven Lectures

Page 6 The mass of creatures and of qualities are still hid and expectant. It would seem as if each waited, like the enchanted princess in fairy tales, for a destined human deliverer.

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Each must be disenchanted, and walk forth to the day in human shape. Page 4 - He is great who is what he is from nature, and who never reminds us of others. But he must be related to us, and our life receive from him some promise of explanation.

Representative Men: Seven Lectures

I cannot tell what I would know ; but I have observed there are persons who, in their character and actions, answer questions which I have not skill to put. One man answers some question which none of his contemporaries put, and is isolated. The past and passing religions and philosophies answer some other question.

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Certain men affect Page - I can reason down or deny every thing, except this perpetual Belly: feed he must and will, and I cannot make him respectable. But the main resistance which the affirmative impulse finds, and one including all others, is in the doctrine of the Illusionists. There is a painful rumor in circulation that we have been practised upon in all the principal performances of life, and free agency is the emptiest name.

We have been sopped and drugged with the air, with food, with woman, with children, with sciences, Page