FC: Ralph Waldo Emerson The Conduct of Life | Section IV. CULTURE Photo Summary
1: "The word of ambition at the present day is Culture. Culture corrects the theory of success."
2: "A man is the prisoner of his power."
3: "If she (Nature) wants a thumb, she makes one at the cost of arms and legs, and any excess power in one part is usually paid for at once by some defect in a contiguous part."
4: "But worse than the harping on one string, Nature has secured individualism, by giving the private person a high conceit of his weight in the system. The pest of society is egoists."
5: "The preservation of the species was a point of such necessity, that Nature has secured it at all hazards by immensely overloading the passion, at the risk of perpetual crime and disorder. So egotism has it's root in the cardinal necessity by which each individual persists to be what he is."
6: "And the end of culture is not to destroy this, God forbid! but to train away all impediment and mixture, and leave nothing but pure power."
7: "Culture redresses his balance, puts him among his equals and superiors, revives the delicious sense of sympathy, and warns him of the dangers of solitude and seclusion."
8: "Nature is reckless of the individual. When she has points to carry, she carries them." | "To wade in marshes and sea-margins is the destiny of certain birds, and they so accurately made for this, that they are imprisoned in those places. Each animal out of it's habitat would starve...And thus we are the victims of adaptation."
9: "The antidotes against this organic egotism, are, the range and variety of attractions, as gained by acquaintance with the world, with men of merit, with classes of society, with travel, with eminent persons, and with the high resources of philosophy, art, and religion: books, travel, society, solitude."
10: ""A boy," says Plato, "is the most vicious of all wild beasts;" and in the same spirit, the old English poet Gascoigne says, "a boy is better unborn than untaught.""
11: "Tis inhuman to want faith in the power of education, since meliorate, is the law of nature; and men are valued precisely as they exert onward or melio-rating force. On the other hand, poltroonery is the acknowledging an inferiority to be incurable."
12: "Books as containing the finest records of human wit, must always enter into our notions of culture."
13: "Provided the boy is teachable (for we are not proposing to make a statue out of punk,) football, cricket, archery, swimming, skating, climbing,fencing, riding, are lessons in the art of power, which it is his main business to learn..."
14: "Each class fixes its eyes on the advantages it has not; the refined, on rude strength; the democrat, on birth and breeding." | "One of the benefits of a college education is, to show the boy its little avail."
15: "...I observe that men run away to other countries, because they are not good in their own, and run back to their own, because they pass for nothing in these new places. He that cannot fill a place at home, cannot abroad. He goes there to hide his insignificance in a larger crowd."
16: "And let him go where he will, he can only find so much beauty or worth as he carries."
17: "Whilst we want cities as the centres where the best things are found, cities degrade us by magnifying trifles. Life is dragged down to a fracas of pitiful cares and disasters."
18: "What is odious but noise, and people who scream and bewail? people whose vane points always east, who live to dine, who send for the doctor, who coddle themselves, who toast their feet on the register, who intrigue to secure a padded chair, and a corner of the draught."
19: "He who should inspire and lead his race must be defended from travelling with the souls of other men, from living, breathing, reading and writing in the daily, time-worn yoke of their opinions."
20: "Take the shame, the poverty, and the penal solitude, that belong to truth speaking. Try the rough water as well as the smooth. Rough water can teach lessons worth knowing. When the state is unquiet, personal qualities are more than ever decisive."
21: He who aims high, must dread an easy home and popular manners. Heaven sometimes hedges a rare character about with ungainliness and odium, as the burr that protects the fruit. If there is any great and good thing in store for you, it not come at the first or the second call, nor in the shape of fashion, ease, and city drawing-rooms. Popularity is for dolls."
22: "The age of the quadruped is to go out,--the age of the brain and heart is to come in. The time will come when the evil forms we have known can no more be organized. Man's culture can spare nothing, wants all the material. He is to convert all impediments into instruments, all enemies into power."
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