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Emerson on Fate

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[Certain] men, if they were transparent, would seem to you . . . as walking cities, and, wherever you put them, they would build one.

All conservatives are such from personal defects . . . They . . . can only, like invalids, act on the defensive.

America has a bad name for superficialness.

Beatitude . . . is not in us so much as we are in it.

Delicate omens . . . undeceiving things . . . Him to beckon, him to warn.

Events are the children of his body and mind.

Events expand with the character.

EMERSON HO-HO The fact is invariable with the Neapolitan, that, when mature, he assumes the forms of the unmistakable scoundrel. That is a little overstated, - but may pass.

Every spirit makes its house; but afterwards the house confines the spirit.

Insight . . . Where it shines, Nature is no longer intrusive, but all things make a musical or pictorial impression.

Let us honestly state the facts.

Most men and most women are merely one couple more.

Nothing is more disgusting than the crowing about liberty by slaves, as most men are.

Some people are made up of rhyme, coincidence, omen, periodicity, and presage: they meet the person they seek; what their companion prepares to say to them, they first say to him; and a hundred signs apprise them of what is about to befall.

The glance of [the hero's] eye has the force of sunbeams.

The question of the times resolved itself into a practical question of the conduct of life. How shall I live?

There are more belongings to every creature than his air and his food. His instincts must be met.

Thought [may carry] the mind up into a sphere where all is plastic.*

We learn that the soul of Fate is the soul of us.

What to do? By obeying each thought frankly, by harping, or, if you will, pounding on each string, we learn at last its power.

We must not run into generalizations too large.


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