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Ralph Waldo Emerson's The Conduct of Life

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FC: Ralph Waldo Emerson's The Conduct of Life IV. Culture

1: The word of 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 the prisoner of his power.

4: Any excess of power in one part is usually paid for at once by some defect is a contiguous part.

5: The pest of society is egotists.

6: The man runs round a ring formed by his own talent, falls into an admiration of it, and loses relation to the world.

7: A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.

8: Incapacity of melioration is the only mortal distemper.

9: Let us make our education brave and preventive. We shall one day learn to supersede politics by education.

10: Books, as containing the finest record of human wit, must always enter into our notion of culture.

11: He that does not fill a place at home, cannot abroad. He only goes there to hide his insignificance in a larger crowd.

12: A foreign country is a point of comparison, wherefrom to judge his own. One use of travel, is, to recommend the books and works of home, and another, to find men.

13: Boys and girls who have been brought up with well-informed and superior people, show in their manners an inestimable grace. You cannot have one well-bred man, without a whole society of such.

14: The mark of the man of the world is absence of pretension.

15: We must have an intellectual quality in all property and in all action, or they are nought.

16: A man is a begger who only lives to the useful, and, however he may serve as a pin or rivet in the social machine, cannot be said to have arrived at self-possession.

17: The influence of fine scenery, the presence of mountains, appeases our irritations and elevates our friendships.

18: Culture must reinforce from higher influx the empirical skills of eloquence, or of politics, or of trade, and the useful arts.

19: The finished man of the world must eat every apple once. He must hold his hatreds also at arm's length, and not remember spite. He has neither friends nor enemies, but values men only as channels of power.

20: The fossil strata show us that Nature began with rudimental forms, and rose to more complex, as fast as the earth was fit for their dwelling-place.

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