Emerson Essays First Series History

The trivial experiences of everyday relate to some old prediction which we heard or saw without heed.

According to Emerson, history should be written with the concentration of soul and the cycle of experience rather than facts should be passed through it. No history yet talks about the metaphysical annals of man or of the mysteries hidden behind Death and Immortality.

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.

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.

Man is explicable by nothing less than all his history.

Without hurry, without rest, the human spirit goes forth from the beginning to embody every faculty, every thought, every emotion, which belongs to it, in appropriate events.

He was a staunch believer in individual freedom and equality of the races.

As a strong supporter of abolitionism, he believed that slavery was a prime example of human injustice.


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