Emerson essay circles

And are all claims on him to be postponed to a landlord's or a banker's? A rich estate appears to women a firm and lasting fact; to a merchant, one easily created out of any materials, and easily lost.

There is no virtue which is final; all are initial. Then all things are at risk. The extent to which this generation of circles, wheel without wheel, will go, depends on the force or truth of the individual soul. The very hopes of man, the thoughts of his heart, the religion of nations, the manners and morals of mankind, are all at the mercy of a new generalization.

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The only sin is limitation. I see no need of it. The result of to-day, which haunts the mind and cannot be escaped, will presently be abridged into a word, and the principle that seemed to explain nature will itself be included as one example of a bolder generalization. Omnipresence is a higher fact.

The inherent capacity for revolutionary thought is also why we cannot fully understand anyone. Conversation is a game of circles.

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The Greek sculpture is all melted away, as if it had been statues of ice; here and there a solitary figure or fragment remaining, as we see flecks and scraps of snow left in cold dells and mountain clefts in June and July… New arts destroy the old.

That is, every man believes that he has a greater possibility. It is as when a conflagration has broken out in a great city, and no man knows what is safe, or where it will end.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson’s “Circles” (): The Creative Vitalist Lost in Space?