Emerson Essays First Series History

Emerson says, ‘ All learning that we do in the sphere of arts, poetry, science, heroic deeds etc.is indeed a discovery of our own nature or inner self.’ Emerson believes that an awakened individual “should see that he can live all history in his own person.”History to a wise man holds nothing exceptional as an achievement to what he is doing in present era.This and other interesting essays are included in Essays First Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson, the distinguished American philosopher and writer.

What Plato has thought, he may think; what a saint has felt, he may feel; what at any time has befallen any man, he can understand.

Who hath access to this universal mind is a party THERE is one mind common to all individual men.

All great literature talks about the unattained and what is attainable by the power of human mind.

Every Age has their fables which give an expression to what the mind of that time toiled to achieve.

Every man is an inlet to the same and to all of the same.

Who hath access to this universal mind is a party to all that is or can be done, for this is the only and sovereign agent. Its genius is illustrated by the entire series of days.

Our life is an endless flight with facts and events acting as wings.

A man who is enlightened and understands his instincts does not believe in facts but in the principles that underlie them.

Which law becomes powerful and prominent, depends upon a particular circumstance or nature which gives power to one of them at a time.

Thus, history should be understood as a biography, and by reading the biographies of individuals in history, we read our own biography and discover principles of the universal mind that are eternal and unchanging.

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