new and unprecedented way. Its presence or its absence is all we can affirm. It is for want of self-culture that the superstition of Travelling, whose idols are Italy, England, Egypt, retains its fascination for all educated Americans. If the traveller tell us truly, strike the savage with a broad axe, and in a day or two the flesh shall unite and heal as if you struck the blow into soft pitch, and the same blow shall send the white to his grave. I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions. After studying the classics at the Boston Latin School, Emerson enrolled in Harvard College, graduating in 1821. The power men possess to annoy me, I give them by a weak curiosity. Bashful or bold, then, he will know how to make us seniors very unnecessary. And now at last the highest truth on this subject remains unsaid; probably cannot be said; for all that we say is the far-off remembering of the intuition. Galileo, with an opera-glass, discovered a more splendid series of celestial phenomena than any one since. The objection to conforming to usages that have become dead to you is, that it scatters your force. It denies the name of duty to many offices that are called duties.
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It seems he knows how to speak to his contemporaries. A boy is in the parlour what the pit is in the playhouse; independent, irresponsible, looking out from his corner on such people and facts as pass by, he tries and sentences them on their merits, in the swift, summary way of boys, as good. All things are dissolved to their centre by their cause, and, in the universal miracle, petty and particular miracles disappear. Prayer that craves a particular commodity, any thing less than all good, is vicious. Who can thus avoid all pledges, and having observed, observe again from the same unaffected, unbiased, unbribable, unaffrighted innocence, must always be formidable. A Greenwich nautical almanac he has, and so being sure of the information when he wants it, the man in the street does not know a star in the sky. In 1872 the Emerson family sailed for Europe and Egypt while their home, badly damaged by fire, underwent repairs. Your conformity explains nothing. Live no longer to the expectation of these deceived and deceiving people with whom we converse. No man yet knows what it is, nor can, till that person has exhibited. In your metaphysics you have denied personality to the Deity: yet when the devout motions of the soul come, yield to them heart and life, though they should clothe God with shape and color. Insist on yourself; never imitate.