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The Conduct of Life

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BC: Let us learn to live coarsely, dress plainly, and lie hard.

FC: The Conduct of Life By RW Emberson Jennifer Moore

1: The word of ambition at the present day is Culture. | 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. A man is the prisoner of his power.

3: Life is very narrow

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

5: Whilst we want cities as the centres where the best things are found, cities degrade us by magnifying trifles

6: No doubt, to a man of sense, travel offers advantages

7: One use of travel, is, to recommend the books and works of home; and another, to find men

8: We are full of superstitions. 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.

9: I am always happy to meet persons who perceive the transcendent superiority of Shakspeare over all other writers. I like people who like Plato. Because this love does not consist with self-conceit.

10: Books, as containing the finest records of human wit, must always enter into our notion of culture. | Let us make our education brave and preventive. | Good criticism is very rare, and always precious | The hardiest skeptic...… will not deny the validity of education

11: Politics is an after-work, a poor patching. We are always a little late. The evil is done, the law is passed, and we begin the up-hill agitation for repeal of that of which we ought to have prevented the enacting. We shall one day learn to supersede politics by education.

12: Our arts and tools give to him who can handle them much the same advantage over the novice, as if you extended his life, ten, fifty, or a hundred years.

13: But books are good only as far as a boy is ready for them. He sometimes gets ready very slowly. You send your child to the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys who educate him

14: I am not much an advocate for travelling, and 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 the new places. | He only goes there to hide his insignificance in a larger crowd | What is true anywhere is true everywhere. And let him go where he will, he can only find so much beauty or worth as he carries.

15: For, as Nature has put fruits apart in latitudes, a new fruit in every degree, so knowledge and fine moral quality she lodges in distant men

17: In the country, he can find solitude and reading, manly labor, cheap living, and his old shoes; moors for game, hills for geology, and groves for devotion.

18: Beware of the man who says, "I am on the eve of a revelation."

20: The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men round to his opinion twenty years later

23: 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. Very few of our race can be said to be yet finished men.

24: Let me say here, that culture cannot begin too early

25: But after a man has discovered that there are limits to the interest which his private history has for mankind, he still converses with his family, or a few companions

26: All photos curtesy of flickr.com (cover) http://www.flickr.com/photos/algo/50709426/ (1) http://www.flickr.com/photos/16965380@N02/2114157454/ (2) http://www.flickr.com/photos/ylfaure/1014550329/ (3) http://www.flickr.com/photos/mitchellk/1477395114/ (4) http://www.flickr.com/photos/visbeek/1491147653/ (5) http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuckincustoms/2462457722/ (6) http://www.flickr.com/photos/flooznyc/839704353/ (7) http://www.flickr.com/photos/wiseacre/1652397332/ (8) http://www.flickr.com/photos/twcollins/1253350853/ (9) http://www.flickr.com/photos/thatdamnredhead/2403718308/ (10) http://www.flickr.com/photos/ballyooo/2073958788/

27: (11) http://www.flickr.com/photos/bright/24691962/ (12) http://www.flickr.com/photos/kanemoto/2528554691/ (13) http://www.flickr.com/photos/maproomsystems/2226780032/ (14) http://www.flickr.com/photos/sophie-/72352368/ (15) http://www.flickr.com/photos/walkaboutwolf/63452603/ (16) http://www.flickr.com/photos/rickharris/111717653/ (19) http://www.flickr.com/photos/zschnepf/1033887707/ (20) http://www.flickr.com/photos/barefoot/400464879/ (22) http://www.flickr.com/photos/hinkelstone/994941366/ (24) http://www.flickr.com/photos/nas-city/48346712/ (25) http://www.flickr.com/photos/corradogiulietti/183436306/

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  • Title: The Conduct of Life
  • A look Ralph Waldo Emerson's The Conduct of Life as a guide for the youth of today to follow.
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