…to the learned.
August 28, 2012 § Leave a comment
The scholar is that [person] who must take up into himself all the ability of the time, all the contributions of the past, all the hopes of the future. He must be a university of knowledges.
If there be one lesson more than another which should pierce his ear, it is:
The world is nothing, the man is all; in yourself is the law of all nature…in yourself slumbers the whole of Reason; it is for you to know all; it is for you to dare all.
Young men of the fairest promise, who begin life upon our shores, inflated by the mountain winds, shined upon by all the stars of God, find the earth below not in unison with these, but are hindered from action by the disgust which the principles on which business is managed inspire, and turn drudges, or die of disgust, some of them suicides.
What is the remedy? They did not yet see, and thousands of young men as hopeful now crowding to the barriers for the career do not yet see, that if the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him.
Patience – patience; with the shades of all the good and great for company; and for solace, the perspective of your own infinite life; and for work, the study and the communication of principles, the making [of] those instincts prevalent; the conversion of the world.
…brothers and friends – We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds.
The study of letters shall be no longer a name for pity, for doubt, and for sensual indulgence. The dread of man and the love of man shall be a wall of defense and a wreath of joy around all.
A nation of men, will, for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~