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Posts tagged "ralph waldo emerson"
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May 15, 2011
Life is selection, no more. The work of the gardener is simply to destroy this weed, or that shrub, or that tree, & leave this other to grow. The library is gradually made inestimable by taking out from the superabounding mass of books all but the best. The palace is a selection of materials; it’s architecture, a selection of the best effects. Things collect very fast of themselves; the difference between house & house is the wise omissions.
Dec 31, 2010
We are all dying of miscellany.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, quoted from his journals in Between insanity and fat dullness: How I became an Emersonian. (via mlarson)
Mar 25, 2010
Art is a jealous mistress, and if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture, or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1860 (Eh, shut up, Waldo.)
Mar 18, 2010
Old and new make the warp and woof of every moment. There is no thread that is not a twist of these two strands. By necessity, by proclivity and by delight, we all quote. It is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent.
May 01, 2009