RALPH WALDO EMERSON. 1803-1882. BOSTON Graduated Harvard at 18 Minister in Unitarian Church for 3 yrs, ending in 1832. Transcendentalism. Poetry, essays. To read it, rewrite it. . . .spoke not what men, but what they thought. . . .spoke not what [other] men, but what they thought.
Why make it so difficult?
All writing should be selection in order to drop every dead word. . . .
Then all the words will be sprightly, & every sentence a surprise.
What is being compared or contrasted?
There is an optical illusion about every person we meet. In truth, they are all creatures of given temperament, which will appear in a given character, whose boundaries they will never pass: but we look at them, they seem alive, and we presume there is impulse in them. In the moment, it seems impulse; in the year, in the lifetime, it turns out to be a certain uniform tune which the revolving barrel of the music-box must play.