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Where Dwells the Soul Serene

Where Dwells the Soul Serene

James Allen reviewed this book, saying:
This is a work of transcendentalism after the fashion of Emerson's Essays. The diction is a model of chastity and elegance, and the loftiest spirituality characterizes the work. The author starts with no central idea, and adheres to none. The thirteen sections of the book are entirely separate from each other, the thoughts are discursive, the sentences short, pithy and axiomatic; all of which breathe forth a spirit of sweetness and serenity.

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Preface

By Stanton Davis Kirkham Author of "The Ministry of Beauty" and "As Nature Whispers". Spiritual poise arises from the inner controlling conviction that Love is the one defense against all that aims at man's integrity to himself. It should be the aim of every earnest book to act in some degree, however slight, as a…
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Elements of Freedom

There is ever in the human mind a longing and desire to transcend the limits of the known—to break bounds and away. It is this desire that has led to great discoveries; it drew certain frail barks across the then unknown expanse of sea and brought a Columbus to the shores of a new world;…
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The Ideal of Culture

Culture is inseparably linked with reality; indeed, it may be considered as evidence of a perception of what is real, a recognition of true values, a deference to what is substantial in life, in character, in art and literature. As it is concerned with what is real, so it implies the cultivation of that alone…
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The Idea of Religion

So unfailingly are the minds of men dominated by the tyranny of the institution that even to quote the inspired utterance of Hebrew or Hindu has become somewhat inexpedient to whomsoever essays to speak independently of truth; inexpedient lest he shall be thought to commit himself to some particular and partial view—to be the phonograph…
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The Nature of Prayer

Always has the mountain peak been a symbol of things spiritual, and Ida and Olympus, Sinai and Fujiyama bear witness of the dignity with which it is invested. It typifies the ascent from a gross consciousness to a broader outlook, a more inspiring view. The dweller on the mountain looks abroad over the fogs that…
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Practical Idealism

If we are to be utilitarian, let it be in a true and broad sense. Exclude not the Spirit which gives life; exclude not the beautiful, which has a vast bearing on life. Be true to the import of utilitarianism and utilize whatever is available. Men will not be content with electricity and compressed air…
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The Significance of Thought

We stand so nearly upon the border of the unseen world that, though prone to deny its very existence, we must commonly express the material in terms of the immaterial—as when we speak of the "weight" of a body we must express it as a measure of gravity—that is to say, in terms of force—inappreciable…
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Character and Its Expression

Endless are the marks of identification we carry about us, whether the insignia of rank, or mental scars and birthmarks. The evidences of our present outlook—the impress of the restless mind upon the plastic clay—are written all over the man, and head, face and hands are pages on which are crowded hieroglyphics, or which are…
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The Beauty of Poise

In meeting successfully the issues of life as they present themselves, it is incumbent upon all men to defer to the principles which underlie their being and the spiritual laws which constitute the framework of the great structure of life, and to live so in accordance therewith that the demands of a true life are…
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Ethical Relations

The science of living is the knowledge of relationship, of man to God, and this is religion and metaphysics; of man to man, and this is ethics. And one is spiritual no less than the other; for man to man, what is that but spirit to spirit? There is, then, a transcendental side of ethics—an…
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Wealth

Here are two standards of value, the one real and the other fictitious, one permanent and the other shifting. It is a propensity of the human mind to forego the idea and deal with the symbol, and as money is the symbol of wealth, to invest the material world, organic and inorganic, with a material…
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True Aims

The wise men of our youth recede before our maturing vision; the giants diminish in stature, and presently we are abreast of them and look over their heads. Our idols descend from their pedestals. With what assurance were we children taught fables to which there was no moral; and having discerned this we see how…
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Higher Laws

In a higher classification, mankind may be divided—irrespective of its various minor attributes—into two grand subdivisions of thinkers and non-thinkers: the former susceptible of further distinctions, both generic and specific, becoming more and more specialized. It is the unthinking—the poor in thought—who constitute the real masses, the clay that is molded by the minds of…
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The Soul of Nature

Introduction The ages have wrought for concentration and have sought to bring all diffusion to a focus and to centralize all that was outlying. See all nebulae brought to revolve about a center and to contract; shapeless chaotic mass by the law of sphericity made to rotate upon some axis—turned in the cosmic lathe—and forth…
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