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On an earlier page in this series several "Central Poetry Insights" were considered.
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or inspirational quotations, a brief resume of these " Central Poetry Insights " is set out here:-
- A Disdain for Materialism
Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.
- A Distrust of Intellect
- The intellectual power, through words and things,
Went sounding on, a dim and perilous way!
- Poetical Insights are possible!
- God guard me from those thoughts men think
In the mind alone;
He that sings a lasting song
Thinks in a marrow-bone;
- That best portion of a good man's life,
His little, nameless, unremembered acts
Of kindness and of love.
- Purity of Heart
- A peace above all earthly dignities,
A still and quiet conscience.
- The best of men
That e'er wore earth about him, was a sufferer,
A soft, meek, patient, humble, tranquil spirit,
The first true gentleman that ever breathed.
- Since my dear soul was mistress of her choice,
And could of men distinguish her election,
Sh'hath sealed thee for herself, for thou hast been
As one in suff'ring all that suffers nothing,
A man that Fortune's buffets and rewards
Hast ta'en with equal thanks; and blest are those
Whose blood and judgement are so well co-medled,
That they are not a pipe for Fortune's finger
To sound what stop she please: give me that man
That is not passion's slave, and I will wear him
In my heart's core, ay in my heart of heart,
As I do thee.
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An inspirational quotation about -
Prayer that craves a particular commodity - anything less than all good, is vicious. Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view.
It is the soliloquy of a beholding and jubilant soul. It is the spirit of God pronouncing his works good. But prayer as a means to effect a private end is theft and
meanness. It supposes dualism and not unity in nature and consciousness. As soon as the man is at one with God, he will not beg.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nor less I deem that there are Powers
Which of themselves our minds impress;
That we can feed this mind of ours
In a wise passiveness
Those obstinate questionings Of sense and outward
Fallings from us, vanishings;
Blank misgivings of a Creature
Moving about in worlds not realised,
High instincts before which our mortal Nature
Did tremble like a guilty thing surprised
One in whom persuasion and belief
Had ripened into faith, and faith become
A passionate intuition.
Truths that wake
To perish never
The soul is the perceiver and revealer of truth. We know truth when we see it, let skeptic and scoffer say what they choose ... We distinguish the announcements of the
soul, its manifestations of its own nature, by the term Revelation. These are always attended by the emotion of the sublime. For this communication is an influx of
the Divine mind into our mind. It is an ebb of the individual rivulet before the flowing surges of the sea of life. Every distinct apprehension of this central commandment
agitates men with awe and delight.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The great distinction between teachers sacred or literary, ... between men of the world, who are reckoned accomplished talkers,
and here and there a fervent
mystic, prophesying, half insane under the infinitude of his thought, - is, that one class speak from within, or from
experience, as parties and possessors of the fact; and
the other class, from without, as spectators merely, or perhaps as acquainted with the fact on the evidence of third
persons. It is of no use to preach to me from without.
I can do that too easily myself. Jesus speaks always from within, and in a degree that transcends all others. In that is the miracle. I believe beforehand that it ought
so to be. All men stand continually in the expectation of the appearance of such a teacher. ...
The same Omniscience flows into the intellect, and makes what we call genius. ... But genius is religious. It is a larger imbibing of the common heart. It is not anomalous, but more
like, and not
less like other men. There is, in all great poets, a wisdom of humanity which is superior to any talents they exercise. ... For they are poets by the free course which they allow to the informing soul, which through their eyes beholds again, and blesses the things which it
hath made. The soul is superior to its knowledge; wiser than any of its works. The great poet makes us feel our own wealth, ...
Ralph Waldo Emerson
We lie in the lap of immense intelligence, which makes us receivers of its truth and organ of its activity. When we discern justice,
when we discern truth, we do nothing by ourselves, but allow a passage to its beams. If we ask whence this comes, if we seek to pry into
the soul that causes, all philosophy is at fault. Its presence or its absence is all we can affirm …
… The relations of the soul to the divine spirit are so pure, that it is profane to seek to interpose helps. It must be that when God speaketh he should communicate, not
one thing, but all things; should fill the world with his voice; should scatter forth light, nature, time, souls, from the centre of the present thought; and new date and new
create the whole. Whenever a mind is simple, and receives a divine wisdom, old things pass away, - means, teachers, texts, temples fall; it lives now, and absorbs past and
future into the present hour. All things are made sacred by relation to it, - one as much as another.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The poets are thus liberating gods. ...
There is good reason why we should prize this liberation. The fate of the poor shepherd, who, blinded and lost in the snow-storm, perishes in a drift within a few
feet of his cottage door, is an emblem of the state of man. On the brink of the waters of life and truth, we are miserably dying. The inaccessibleness of
every thought but that we are in, is wonderful. What if you come near to it, -you are as remote, when you are nearest, as when you are farthest. Every thought
is also a prison; every heaven is also a prison. Therefore we love the poet, the inventor, who in any form, whether in an ode, or in an action, or in looks and behavior,
has yielded us a new thought. He unlocks our chains, and admits us to a new scene.
This emancipation is dear to all men, and the power to impart it, as it must come from greater depth and scope of thought, is a measure of intellect. Therefore all books
of the imagination endure, all which ascend to that truth, that the writer sees nature beneath him, and uses it as his exponent. Every verse or sentence, possessing this virtue,
will take care of its own immortality. The religions of the world are the ejaculations of a few imaginative men.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Without the smile from partial beauty won,
O what were man? - a world without a sun.
She is pretty to walk with,
And witty to talk with,
And pleasant, too, to think on.
Sir John Suckling
Why man, she is mine own
And I as rich in having such a jewel
As twenty seas, if all their sands were pearl,
The water nectar, and the rocks pure gold.
Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,
And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.
The bashful virgin's sidelong looks of love,
The matron's glance that would those looks reprove.
By my modesty, - the jewel in my dower - I would
not wish any companion in the world but you.
Domestic happiness, thou only bliss
Of paradise that has surviv'd the fall!
You are my true and honourable wife;
As dear to me as the ruddy drops
That visit my sad heart.
Trifles light as air
Are to the jealous confirmations stone
As proofs of Holy Writ
O, what damned minutes tells he o'er
Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet fondly loves!
For a light wife doth make a heavy husband.
Charms strike the sight, but merit wins the soul.
A mother is a mother still,
The holiest thing alive.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Happy he With such a mother! faith in womankind
Beats with his blood, and trust in all things high
Comes easy to him, and though he trip and fall,
He shall not bind his soul with clay.
No …. holy father, throw away that thought.
Believe not that the dribbling dart of love
Can pierce a complete bosom.
Thrice blessed they that master so their blood,
To undergo such maiden pilgrimage:
But earthlier happy is the rose distilled,
Than that which withering on the virgin thorn
Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.
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Virtue v Respectability
Thyself and thy belongings
Are not thine own so proper, as to waste
Thyself upon thy virtues, they on thee.
Heaven doth with us as we with torches do,
Not light them for themselves; for if our virtues
Did not go forth of us 't were all alike
As if we had them not. Spirits are not finely touch'd
But to fine issues; nor Nature never lends
The smallest scruple of her excellence,
But, like a thrifty goddess, she determines
Herself the glory of a creditor -
Both thanks and use.
Several inspirational quotations about -
A Contented Life
The primal duties shine aloft, like stars;
The charities that soothe, and heal, and bless,
Are scattered at the feet of Man, like flowers.
Live while you live, the epicure would say,
And seize the pleasures of the present day;
Live while you live the sacred preacher cries,
And give to God each moment as it flies.
Lord, in my views let both united be;
I live to pleasure when I live to thee.
He that has light within his own clear breast
May sit in the centre and enjoy bright day;
But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts
Benighted walks under the midday sun.
Well may your hearts believe the truths I tell;
't is virtue makes the bliss where'er we dwell.
For blessings ever wait on virtuous deeds,
And though a late, a sure reward succeeds.
The soul's calm sunshine and heartfelt joy.
Great poetry also shows insight about -
The Ancient Way
I am as free as nature first made man,
Ere the base laws of servitude began
When wild in woods the noble savage ran.
Happy he who far from business persuits
Tills and re-tills his ancestral lands
With oxen of his own breeding
Having no slavish yoke about his neck.
God made the country, and man made the town.
There are several cases where "other" poetry insights relate
directly to some of the more problematic areas of human
We should welcome this!!!
World Wide Humanity desperately needs such insights as
they may provide clues to a compassionate and considered
alleviation of many difficulties.
Several poetry insights about -
Man is priest, and scholar, and statesman, and producer, and soldier. In the divided or social state these functions are parcelled out to individuals, each of whom aims to
do his stint of the joint work, whilst each other performs his.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
There's neither honesty, manhood, nor good fellowship in
If society fits you comfortably enough you call it liberty.
Before God, there is neither Greek nor barbarian, neither rich nor poor,
and the slave is as good as his master, for by birth all men are free; they
are citizens of the universal commonwealth which embraces all the world,
brethren of one family, and children of God.
Permit me... to tell You what the freedom is that I love and
that to which I think that all men intitled. It is not solitary,
unconnected, individual, selfish liberty. As if every man was to
regulate the whole of his conduct by his own will. The Liberty I
mean is social freedom. It is that state of things in which
Liberty is secured by the equality of Restraint; A constitution
of things in which the liberty of no one Man and no body of Men
and no Number of men can find Means to trespass on the liberty of
any Person or any description of Persons in the Society. This
kind of Liberty is indeed but another name for Justice,
ascertained by wise Laws. And secured by well constructed
The co-existence of several nations under the same State is a test, as well as the best security,
of its freedom. It is also one of the chief instruments of civilisation; and, as such, it is in the
natural and providential order, and indicates a state of greater advancement than the national unity
which is the ideal of modern Liberalism. The greatest adversary of the rights of nationality is the modern
(i.e. July 1862) theory of nationality. By making the State and the nation commensurate with each
other in theory, it reduces practically to a subject condition all other nationalities that may be
within the boundary. It cannot admit them to an equality with the ruling nation which constitutes
the State because the State would then cease to be national, which would be a contradiction of the
principle of its existence. According, therefore, to the degree of humanity and civilisation in that
dominant body which claims all the rights of the community, the inferior races are eliminated, or
reduced to servitude, or outlawed, or put in a condition of dependence.
If we take the establishment of liberty for the realisation of moral duties to be the end of civil society,
we must conclude that those States are substantially the most perfect which ... include various distinct
nationalities without oppressing them.
Liberalism is the supreme form of generosity; it is the right which the majority concedes to minorities and hence it is the noblest cry that has ever resounded on this planet.
Jose Ortega y Gasset
Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is
itself the highest political end...liberty is the only object
which benefits all alike, and provokes no sincere
opposition...The danger is not that a particular class is unfit
to to govern. Every class is unfit to govern ...Power tends to
corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Reason and Knowledge have always played a secondary,
subordinate, auxiliary role in the life of peoples, and this will
always be the case. A people is shaped and driven forward by an
entirely different kind of force, one which commands and coerces
them and the origin of which is obscure and inexplicable despite
the reality of its presence.
One cannot avoid a certain feeling of disgust, when one observes the actions of man
displayed on the great stage of the world. Wisdom is manifested by individuals here and there;
but the web of human history as a whole appears to be woven from folly and childish vanity, often, too,
from puerile wickedness and love of destruction: with the result that at the end one is puzzled to know
what idea to form of our species which prides itself so much on its advantages.
Out of the crooked timber of humanity no straight thing was
Immanuel Kant (as transliterated by Isaiah Berlin)
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Many of our visitors seem to find the content of one of our pages -
Which is about Human Nature, (and 'Very Possibly' related matters)
- to be particularly fascinating!!!
There's neither honesty, manhood, nor good fellowship in thee.
"…can we possibly refuse to admit that there exist in each
of us the same generic parts and characteristics as are found in
the state? For I presume the state has not received them from any
other source. It would be ridiculous to imagine that the presence
of the spirited element in cities is not to be traced to
individuals, wherever this character is imputed to the people, as
it is to the natives of Thrace, and Scythia, and generally
speaking, of the northern countries; or the love of knowledge,
which would be chiefly attributed to our own country; or the love
of riches, which people would especially connect with the
Phoenicians and the Egyptians.
From Plato's most famous work ~ The Republic ~ detailing conversations entered into by his friend, and teacher, Socrates
Pythagoras was a prominent figure in the intellectual life of the Greek world of the sixth century B.C.
Alongside his genuine contributions to mathematics and geometry Pythogoras is also considered to have recognised that there was
evidently a "Tripartite" complexity to Human Nature:-
Pythagoras who, according to Heraclides of Pontus, the pupil of Plato and a learned man
of the first rank, came, the story goes, to Philus and with a wealth of learning and words
discussed certain subjects with Leon the ruler of the Philasians. And Leon after wondering
at his talent and eloquence asked him to name the art in which he put most reliance. But
Pythagoras said that for his part he had no acquaintance with any art, but was a philosopher.
Leon was astonished at the novelty of the term and asked who philosophers were and in what
they differed from the rest of the world.
Pythagoras, the story continues, replied that the life of man seemed to him to resemble
the festival which was celebrated with most magnificent games before a concourse collected
from the whole of Greece. For at this festival some men whose bodies had been trained sought
to win the glorious distinction of a crown, others were attracted by the prospect of making
gains by buying or selling, whilst there was on the other hand a certain class, and that quite
the best class of free-born men, who looked neither for applause no gain, but came for the sake
of the spectacle and closely watched what was done and how it was done: So also we, as though
we had come from some city to a kind of crowded festival, leaving in like fashion another life
and nature of being, entered upon this life, and some were slaves of ambition, some of money;
there were a special few who, counting all else as nothing, ardently contemplated the nature
of things. These men he would call "lovers of wisdom" (for that is the meaning of the word
In all districts of all lands, in all the classes of communities thousands of minds are intently occupied, the merchant in his compting house, the mechanist over his plans, the statesman
at his map, his treaty, & his tariff, the scholar in the skilful history & eloquence of antiquity, each stung to the quick with the desire of exalting himself to a hasty & yet unfound
height above the level of his peers. Each is absorbed in the prospect of good accruing to himself but each is no less contributing to the utmost of his ability to fix & adorn human
In William H. Gilman (ed.) The Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks of Ralph Waldo Emerson, vol II, 1822-1826, 305
In what is perhaps Ralph Waldo Emerson's most famous essay - 'History' - we read such things as:-
… There is one mind common to all individual men. Every man is
an inlet to the same and to all of the same. He that is once
admitted to the right of reason is made a freeman of the whole
estate. What Plato has thought, he may think; what a saint has
felt, he may feel; what at any time has be-fallen any man, he can
understand. Who hath access to this universal mind is a party to
all that is or can be done, for this is the only and sovereign
Of the works of this mind history is the record. Its genius is
illustrated by the entire series of days. Man is explicable by
nothing less than all his history. Without hurry, without rest,
the human spirit goes forth from the beginning to embody every
faculty, every thought, every emotion, which belongs to it in
appropriate events. But the thought is always prior to the fact;
all the facts of history preexist in the mind as laws. Each law
in turn is made by circumstances predominant, and the limits of
nature give power to but one at a time. …
We are always coming up with the emphatic facts of history in
our private experience, and verifying them here. All history
becomes subjective; in other words, there is properly no history;
only biography. Every mind must know the whole lesson for itself,
-- must go over the whole ground. What it does not see, what it
does not live, it will not know.
In old Rome the public roads beginning at the Forum
proceeded north, south, east, west, to the centre of every
province of the empire, making each market-town of Persia, Spain,
and Britain pervious to the soldiers of the capital: so out of
the human heart go, as it were, highways to the heart of every
object in nature, to reduce it under the dominion of man. A man
is a bundle of relations, a knot of roots, whose flower and
fruitage is the world. His faculties refer to natures out of him,
and predict the world he is to inhabit, as the fins of the fish
foreshow that water exists, or the wings of an eagle in the egg
presuppose air. He cannot live without a world.
"History is for human self-knowledge ... the only clue to what man can do is what man has done.
The value of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is."
R. G. Collingwood
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