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Emerson, Ralph Waldo - History - Reuse



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Ralph Waldo Emerson - History

 Everyone must have observed faces and forms which, without any resembling feature, make a like impression on the beholder.  A  particular picture or a copy of verses, if it do not awaken the same train of images, will yet superinduce the same sentiment as some wild mountain walk, although the resemblance is nowise obvious to the senses, but is occult and out of reach of the understanding.

 Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws, she hums the old well known air through innumerable variations.  Nature is full of a sublime family likeness throughout her works.  She delights in startling us with resemblances in the most unexpected quarters …. There are men whose manners have the same essential splendour as the simple and awful sculpture on the friezes of the Parthenon and the remains of the earliest Greek art.

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Emerson, Ralph Waldo

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