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quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson


‘Tis the good reader that makes the good book; a good head cannot read amiss: in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear.

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quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson


The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.

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quotation: Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

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quotation: Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis. Ralph Waldo Emerson (listening to two audiobooks here at EUZICASA)


Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.

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Free Audiobook: Ralph Waldo Emerson Self Reliance

quotation: Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same. Ralph Waldo Emerson


Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.

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quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson Walden by Henry David Thoreau (Full Audiobook)


The days…come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a distant friendly party, but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away.

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Walden by Henry David Thoreau (Full Audiobook)

quotation: Music…takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto. Ralph Waldo Emerson


Music…takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto.Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Discuss

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quotation: “Always do what you are afraid to do.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


quotation: “Always do what you are afraid to do.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Old, yet embelished with passage of time: Rumi and the Play of Poetry – University of California Television (UCTV)



Rumi and the Play of Poetry

quotation: A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud. Ralph Waldo Emerson


A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.

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quotation: This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson


This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.

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quotation: In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed. Ralph Waldo Emerson


In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.

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quotation: The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society. Ralph Waldo Emerson


quotation:  The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society.

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today’s birthday: Walt Whitman (1819) Leaves of Grass – Book 1 – Poems of Walt Whitman – FULL Audio Book (Poetry Librivox recording)


Walt Whitman (1819)

Whitman was an innovative American poet whose works dealt overtly with topics like sexuality while celebrating the collective experience of an idealized, democratic American life. In 1855, he published at his own expense Leaves of Grass, a volume of 12 poems. It was a commercial failure but became one of the most influential volumes of poetry in the history of American literature. Whitman’s much-recited poem “O Captain! My Captain!” was written as a tribute to what US president? More… Discuss

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Leaves of Grass – Book 1 – Poems of Walt Whitman – FULL Audio Book – Poetry

Leaves of Grass – Book 1 – Poems of Walt Whitman – FULL Audio Book – Poetry

American poet Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass,” is a massive collection of poems comprised of a stunning 35 books and is notable for its praise of the senses, during a time when such candid displays were considered immoral. Prior to the writing of Leaves of Grass, most English language poetry relied on symbolism, allegory, and meditation on religious and spiritual topics. Leaves of Grass is a stark contrast, as it glorifies the body and material world above all else.

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— More about Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” —

Walt Whitman was inspired to begin work on Leaves of Grass after reading an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson in which he expressed a need for a uniquely American poet. When the book was first published, Whitman sent a copy to Emerson, whose complimentary letter of response aided in its success. President Abraham Lincoln, a personal hero of Whitman, is noted to have read and thoroughly enjoyed an early version of Leaves of Grass. Despite critical acclaim, Whitman faced charges of creating obscene, immoral work, but this inadvertently added to the popularity of his book.

Whitman continually revised and republished Leaves of Grass throughout his lifetime, most notably adding the “Drum-Taps” section after Lincoln’s assassination. The book grew from 12 poems in its first publication. to nearly 400 poems in its final version (the “Death Bed Edition”).

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today’s birthday: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803)

Emerson was a poet and essayist who established himself as a leading spokesman for transcendentalism. He developed his own philosophy combining German idealism, Neo-Platonism, and Asian mysticism, and dominated the American lecture circuit of the 1830s with his winter lecture tours, which included the notable essaysThe Over-Soul” and “Self-Reliance.” Although he published many volumes of essays and poetry, his lectures provided most of his income. What famous philosopher was Emerson’s godson? More… Discuss

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QUOTATION: Ralph Waldo Emerson


It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.

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QUOTATION: Ralph Waldo Emerson


Man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future.

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Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson about feeling and reasoning


Heroism feels and never reasons, and therefore is always right.

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Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson about flattery


We love flattery even though we are not deceived by it, because it shows that we are of importance enough to be courted.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson about first journeys discoveries, a fool’s paradise


Traveling is a fool’s paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places.

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Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson on revolution


Every revolution was first a thought in one man’s mind, and when the same thought occurs to another man, it is the key to that era.

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Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson about truth handsomer than love


Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love.

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Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson on imitation


There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that … imitation is suicide.

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Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson on gifts


Rings and other jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a portion of thyself.

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Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson on the teaching of the years


“The years teach much which the days never know.”

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Quotation: On “envy”


Envy is ignorance.

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You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”    

Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the Unite...

Winston Churchill

Envy consists in seeing things never in themselves, but only in their relations. If you desire glory, you may envy Napoleon, but Napoleon envied Caesar, Caesar envied Alexander, and Alexander, I daresay, envied Hercules, who never existed.

Bertrand Russell 1907

Bertrand Russell 1907 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Bertrand Russell

Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson on effect of time onto facts


Time dissipates to shining ether the solid angularity of facts.

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Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson on discovering and keeping the beautiful


Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

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Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) on debt as slavery


A man in debt is so far a slave.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson: A fulfilling Life


Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day.

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Today’s Quotation: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) on Violence is Powerlessness Manifested


All violence, all that is dreary and repels, is not power, but the absence of power.

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Quotatio of the Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) On Grief


Man sheds his grief as his skin sheds rain.

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Quote Of The Day: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Flowers…are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.

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