BC: The Fossil strata show us that Nature began with rudimental forms, and rose to the more complex, as fast as the earth was fit for their dwelling-place; and that the lower perish, as the higher appear
FC: Ralph Waldo Emerson and The Conduct of Life -- Culture By: Brenda Rosario
1: "The word ambition at the present day is culture"
2: "Whilst all the world is in pursuit of power, and of wealth as a means of power, culture corrects the theory of success"
3: "A man is a prisoner of his power"
4: "A topical memory makes him an almanac; a talent for debate, a disputant; skill to get money makes him a miser, that is, a beggar"
5: "Culture reduces these infammations by invoking the aid of other powers against the dominant talent, and by appealing to the rank of powers"
6: "It watches success"
7: "Nature has no mercy, and sacrifices the performer to get it done; makes a dropsy or a tympany of him"
8: "Our efficiency depends so much on our concentration"
9: "Nature has secured individualism, by giving the private person a high conceit of his weight in the system"
10: "The pest in society is egotists. There are dull and bright, sacred and profane, coarse and fine. egotists "
11: "The man runs round a ring formed by his own talent, falls into an admiration of it, and loses relation to the world"
12: "Egotism has its root in the cardinal necessity by which each individual persists to be what he is"
13: "Cultue is the suggestion from cetain best thoughts, that a man has a range of affinities, through which he can modulate the violence of any master-tone that have a droning preponderance in his scale, and succor him against himself" "Culture redresses his balance, puts him among his equals and superiors, revives the delicious sense of sympanthy, and warns him of the dangers of solitude and repulsion"
14: "The antidoes against this organic egotism, are, the range and variety of attractions, as gained by acquaintance with the world, with men of merit, with clases of society, with travel, with eminent persons, and with the high resources of philosophy, art, and religion: books, travel, society, solitude"
15: "Let us make our education brave and preventive" We must begin higher up, namely, in Education
16: "Books, as containing the finest records of human wit, must always enter into our notion of culture"
17: "The best heads ever existed, Pericles, Plato, Julius Caesar, Shakspeare, Goethe, Milton, were well read and educated men" "Their opinion has weight, because they had means of knowing the opposite opinion"
18: "Good criticism is very rare, and always precious"
19: "A man in pursuit of greatness feels no little wants"
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