That you are fair or wise is vain, Or strong, or rich, or generous; You must have also the untaught strain That sheds beauty on the rose.
The central question of the volume is "How shall I live? The aim is to find a practical balance.
Nature is, what you may do. There is much you may not. We have two things, the circumstance, and the life. Once we thought, positive power was all. Now we learn, that negative power, or circumstance, is half.
The perspective is complex: He who sees through the design, presides over it, and must will that which must be.
We sit and rule, and, though we sleep, our dream will come to pass. Our thought, though it were only an hour old, affirms an oldest necessity, not to be separated from thought, and not to be separated from will.
By an odd coincidence, four or five noted men were each reading a discourse to the citizens of Boston or New York, on the Spirit of the Times. It so happened that the subject had the same prominence in some remarkable pamphlets and journals issued in London in the same season.
To me, however, the question of the times resolved itself into a practical question of the conduct of life. How shall I live? We are incompetent to solve the times. Our geometry cannot span the huge orbits of the prevailing ideas, behold their return, and reconcile their opposition.
We can only obey our own polarity. In our first steps to gain our wishes, we come upon immovable limitations. We are fired with the hope to reform men. But the boys and girls are not docile; we can make nothing of them.
We decide that they are not of good stock.
But if there be irresistible dictation, this dictation understands itself. If we must accept Fate, we are not less compelled to affirm liberty, the significance of the individual, the grandeur of duty, the power of character.
This is true, and that other is true. But our geometry cannot span these extreme points, and reconcile them. By obeying each thought frankly, by harping, or, if you will, pounding on each string, we learn at last its power.
By the same obedience to other thoughts, we learn theirs, and then comes some reasonable hope of harmonizing them. We are sure, that, though we know not how, necessity does comport with liberty, the individual with the world, my polarity with the spirit of the times.
The riddle of the age has for each a private solution. If one would study his own time, it must be by this method of taking up in turn each of the leading topics which belong to our scheme of human life, and, by firmly stating all that is agreeable to experience on one, and doing the same justice to the opposing facts in the others, the true limitations will appear.Fate By Ralph Waldo Emerson About this Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson—a New England preacher, essayist, lecturer, poet, and philosopher—was one of the most influential writers and thinkers of the nineteenth century in the United States.
Emerson was also the first major American literary and intellectual figure to widely explore, write seriously. To Bottom of Page.
FATE Ralph Waldo Emerson With introductory comments by Howard Callaway. Emerson's essay "Fate" opens The Conduct of Life (), followed there by a series of related themes: "Power," "Wealth," "Culture," "Worship," "Beauty" and "Illusions," among others.
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Understanding Emerson’s Fate In order to understand Ralph Waldo Emerson and his writings, you must first understand his background and the sciences of his time. Not only do they play a key role in the society’s growth and progress, but they also contribute to Emerson’s growth both in .
Ralph Waldo Emerson Fate Summary. Ralph Waldo Emerson Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, poet, and philosopher born on May 25, in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a thinker of bold originality that moved away from the . A great change occurred in Emerson’s thought in his later life, as can be demonstrated in the essay “Fate.” Whereas freedom and optimism were emphasized in his early life, fate and.