Essays, First Series
by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Ne te quaesiveris extra."
“Man is his own star; and the soul that can
Render an honest and a perfect man,
Commands all light, all influence, all fate;
Nothing to him falls early or too late.
Our acts our angels are, or good or ill,
Our fatal shadows that walk by us still.”

Epilogue to Beaumont and Fletcher’s Honest Man’s Fortune.

Cast the bantling on the rocks,
Suckle him with the she-wolf’s teat,
Wintered with the hawk and fox.
Power and speed be hands and feet.


History  •  I. History  •  Self-Reliance  •  II. Self-Reliance  •  Compensation  •  III. Compensation  •  Spiritual Laws  •  IV. Spiritual Laws  •  Love  •  V. Love  •  Friendship  •  VI. Friendship  •  Prudence  •  VII. Prudence  •  Heroism  •  VIII. Heroism  •  The Over-Soul  •  IX. The Over-Soul  •  Circles  •  X. Circles  •  Intellect  •  XI. Intellect  •  Art  •  XII. Art

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