Essays: First Series

First published in 1841 as Essays. After Essays: Second Series was published in 1844, Emerson corrected this volume and republished it in 1847 as Essays: First Series.

History

The section does not cover the history and life of Emerson and his writings, but rather his work entitled “History.”

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Self-Reliance

Self-Reliance By Ralph Waldo Emerson In “Self-Reliance,” philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson argues that polite society has an adverse effect on one’s personal growth. Self-sufficiency, he writes, gives one the freedom to discover one’strue self and attain true independence. “Self-Reliance” Key Points: Emerson urges his readers…

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The Law of Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Compensation By Ralph Waldo Emerson If you have not read “Compensation” yet then you should read it as it is a great example of essay. Ralph Waldo Emerson is a great writer and it’s proved by his essay “compensation.” What is the life of middle…

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Spiritual Laws

Spiritual Laws By Ralph Waldo Emerson When the act of reflection takes place in the mind, when we look at ourselves in the light of thought, we discover that our life is embosomed in beauty. Behind us, as we go, all things assume pleasing forms,…

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Love

Love By Ralph Waldo Emerson Every promise of the soul has innumerable fulfilments; each ofnt. Nature, uncontainable, flowing, forelooking, in the first sentiment of kindness anticipates already a benevolence which shall lose all particular regards in its general light. Key Points: Emerson urges his readers…

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Friendship

Friendship By Ralph Waldo Emerson We have a great selfishness that chills like east winds the world, the whole human family is bathed with an element of love like a fine ether. How many persons we meet in houses, whom we scarcely speak to, whom…

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Prudence

Prudence By Ralph Waldo Emerson What right have I to write ont of the negative sort? My prudence consists in avoiding and going without, not in the inventing of means and methods, not in adroit steering, not in gentle repairing. I have no skill to…

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Heroism

Heroism By Ralph Waldo Emerson In the elder English dramaetcher, there is a constant recognition of gentility, as if a noble behaviour were as easily marked in the society of their age, as color is in our American population. When any Rodrigo, Pedro, or Valerio…

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The Over-Soul

The Over-Soul By Ralph Waldo Emerson There is a difference between one and another hour of life, in their authority and subsequent effect. Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual. Yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to…

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Emerson Circles

Circles By Ralph Waldo Emerson The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end. It is the highest emblem in the cipher of the world. St. Augustine described the nature…

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Intellect

Intellect By Ralph Waldo Emerson Every substance is negatively electric to that which stands above it in the chemical tables, positively to that which stands below it. Water dissolves wood, and iron, and salt; air dissolves water; electric fire dissolves air, but the intellect dissolves…

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Art

Art By Ralph Waldo Emerson Because the soul is progressive, it never quite repeats itself, but in every act attempts the production of a new and fairer whole. This appears in works both of the useful and the fine arts, if we employ the popular…

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