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Art

Give to barrows, trays, and pansGrace and glimmer of romance;Bring the moonlight into noonHid in gleaming piles of stone;On the city's paved streetPlant gardens lined with lilac sweet;Let spouting fountains cool the air,Singing in the sun-baked square;Let statue, picture, park, and hall,Ballad, flag, and festival,The past restore, the day adorn,And…
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Art and Nature

As man beholds the process of creation going on around him in the outer world, he at first supposes himself to be a product of natural forces —or a mere cog in the machinery of the world, as it were. Recognizing only the finite in himself, not yet being aware…
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Essays: First Series

You can listen to Ralph Waldo Emerson's first series of essays using the player below. Click on the play button to listen online or you can download the files to your computer using the links in the download column for use on your iPod or other MP3 player. .mp3browser {width:100%} .mp3browser…
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The Art of Forgetting

'Tis sure the highest science to forget.—Pope How often we hear it said: "I can forgive an insult but I cannot forget it!" Sometimes the words are spoken regretfully as though the speaker would add, "I wish I could forget it." But oftener is there not in the thought of…
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Success as a Fine Art

What boots it—what the soldier's mail,Unless he conquer and prevail?—From "Fate" by Ralph Waldo Emerson Success in life is too largely and far too generally considered in the nature of special gifts or of exceptional good fortune, of some unusual provision or combination in some way, rather than as the…
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A Great Art Museum

Man is mind. He is an unconscious artist, dwelling in the midst of an endless variety of mental pictures. His time is spent in photographing things around him, and in taking impressions from his thoughts and ideas. The great palaces of art, like the Louvre of Paris and the Uffizi…
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Thinking as a Fine Art

Art is the systematic application of knowledge or skill in effecting a desired result. In a broad sense, it is nature humanized, or re-expressed through the power of the human mind. Man studies the laws of nature, and becomes familiar with her forces, and then intelligently combines, re-arranges and re-presents…
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