TWO DEEP OBSERVATIONS ON THE NATURE OF EDUCATION: RALPH WALDO EMERSON’S JOURNALS FOR 1831

February 22, 2011 at 2:56 am | Posted in Books, History, Philosophy, USA | Leave a comment

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Journals 1819-1874

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

Journals 1819-1874

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