TWO DEEP OBSERVATIONS ON THE NATURE OF EDUCATION: RALPH WALDO EMERSON’S JOURNALS FOR 1831February 22, 2011 at 2:56 am | Posted in Books, History, Philosophy, USA | Leave a comment
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The things taught in schools & colleges are not an education but the means of education.
Journal, July 15, 1831
God cannot be intellectually discerned.
Journal, July 21, 1831
Suicidal is this distrust of reason; this fear to think; this doctrine that ’tis pious to believe on others’ words, impious to trust entirely to yourself. To think is to receive… To reflect is to receive truth immediately from God without any medium. That is living faith.
Journal, July 29, 1831
Yesterday I heard John Quincy Adams deliver an Eulogy upon President Monroe. But he held his notes so close to his mouth that he could be ill heard. There was nothing heroic in the subject, & not much in the feelings of the orator, so it proved rather a spectacle than a speech.
Journal, August 26, 1831
Education is the drawing out the Soul.
Journal, September 13, 1831