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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, philosoph...

Part II. The Constitution

The French Revolution: A History

Natural Selection; or the Survival of the Fittest

On the Origin of Species

Struggle for Existence

On the Origin of Species

Variation under Nature

On the Origin of Species

Before applying the principles arrived at in the last chapter to organic beings in a state of nat...

Variation under Domestication

On the Origin of Species

Book 1: Of the understanding

A Treatise of Human Nature

Part III. The Guillotine

The French Revolution: A History

Part I. The Bastille

The French Revolution: A History

Nature

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume I – Nature, Addresses & Lectures

A subtle chain of countless ringsThe next unto the farthest brings;The eye reads omens where it...

Book III

Sartor Resartus

Book II

Sartor Resartus

Book I

Sartor Resartus

Volume VIII – Letters and Social Aims

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Volume VII – Society and Solitude

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Volume VI – Conduct of Life

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Volume V – English Traits

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Laws of Variation

On the Origin of Species

Commodity

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume I – Nature, Addresses & Lectures

Whoever considers the final cause of the world, will discern a multitude of uses that result. The...

Volume III – Essays II

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Method of Nature

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume I – Nature, Addresses & Lectures

An Oration delivered before the Society of the Adelphi, in Waterville College, Maine, August 11, ...

II. Self-Reliance

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume II – Essays I

“Ne te quaesiveris extra.” “Man is his own star; and the soul that canRender an honest and...

I. History

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume II – Essays I

There is no great and no smallTo the Soul that maketh all:And where it cometh, all things are;A...

The Young American

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume I – Nature, Addresses & Lectures

A Lecture read before the Mercantile Library Association, Boston, February 7, 1844 GENTLEMEN: I...

The Transcendentalist

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume I – Nature, Addresses & Lectures

A Lecture read at the Masonic Temple, Boston,January, 1842 The first thing we have to say respec...

The Conservative

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume I – Nature, Addresses & Lectures

A Lecture delivered at the Masonic Temple, Boston, December 9, 1841 The two parties which divide...

Introductory Lecture on the Times

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume I – Nature, Addresses & Lectures

Read at the Masonic Temple, Boston, December 2, 1841 The times, as we say — or the present aspec...

Man the Reformer

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume I – Nature, Addresses & Lectures

A Lecture read before the Mechanics' Apprentices' Library Association, Boston, January 25, 1841 ...

Literary Ethics

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume I – Nature, Addresses & Lectures

An Oration delivered before the Literary Societies of Dartmouth College, July 24, 1838 GENTLEMEN...

Beauty

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume I – Nature, Addresses & Lectures

A nobler want of man is served by nature, namely, the love of Beauty. The ancient Greeks called ...

Divinity School Address

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume I – Nature, Addresses & Lectures

Delivered before the Senior Class in Divinity College, Cambridge, Sunday Evening, July 15, 1838 ...

The American Scholar

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume I – Nature, Addresses & Lectures

An Oration delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, at Cambridge, August 31, 1837 Mr. Presid...

Prospects

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume I – Nature, Addresses & Lectures

In inquiries respecting the laws of the world and the frame of things, the highest reason is alwa...

Spirit

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume I – Nature, Addresses & Lectures

It is essential to a true theory of nature and of man, that it should contain somewhat progressiv...

Idealism

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume I – Nature, Addresses & Lectures

Thus is the unspeakable but intelligible and practicable meaning of the world conveyed to man, th...

Discipline

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume I – Nature, Addresses & Lectures

In view of the significance of nature, we arrive at once at a new This use of the world includes ...

Language

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume I – Nature, Addresses & Lectures

Language is a third use which Nature subserves to man. Nature is the vehicle, and threefold degre...

Volume IV – Representative Men

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Volume II – Essays I

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle (4 December 1795 – 5 February 1881) was a Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, ...

Thucydides

Thucydides (c.  460 – c.  400 BC) was an Athenian historian and general. His History of the Pelop...

Sir William Jones

A renowned Enlightenment polymath, Sir William Jones (1746–94) was a lawyer, translator and poet ...

William Hazlitt

William Hazlitt (10 April 1778 – 18 September 1830) was an English essayist, drama and literary c...

Herman Melville

Herman Melville (born Melvill; August 1, 1819 – September 28, 1891) was an American novelist, sho...

Robert Southey

Robert Southey (12 August 1774 – 21 March 1843) was an English poet of the Romantic school, one o...

Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall

Baron Joseph Freiherr von Hammer-Purgstall (9 June 1774 in Graz – 23 November 1856 in Vienna) was...

Matthew Arnold

Matthew Arnold (24 December 1822 – 15 April 1888) was an English poet and cultural critic who wor...

William James

William James (January 11, 1842 – August 27, 1910) was an American philosopher and psychologist, ...

Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke was an Anglo-Irish statesman and philosopher. Born in Dublin, Burke served as a memb...

On Heroes, Hero-worship, and the Heroic in History

On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History, is a collection of six essays by Thomas Carly...

Charles Sanders Peirce

Charles Sanders Peirce (September 10, 1839 – April 19, 1914) was an American philosopher, logicia...

John Dryden

John Dryden (19 August [O.S. 9 August] 1631 – 12 May [O.S. 1 May] 1700) was an English poet, lite...

Francis Bacon

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, PC QC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philo...

Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American poet, essayist, and journalist. A hu...

Charles Darwin

Charles Robert Darwin, (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist an...

Henry David Thoreau

Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 – May 6, 1862) was an American essayist, poet, and philosopher...

David Hume

David Hume (born David Home; 7 May 1711 NS (26 April 1711 OS) – 25 August 1776) was a Scottish En...

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

A digital edition of the Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Sartor Resartus

Sartor Resartus (meaning 'The tailor re-tailored') is an 1836 novel by Thomas Carlyle, first publ...

Volume I – Nature, Addresses & Lectures

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Will to Believe and Other Essays in Popular Philosophy

In this book, first published in book form in 1897, James ponders such conundrums as... Is life w...

Lectures on the English Poets

This book collects together lectures on English poetry Hazlitt delivered at London’s Surrey Insti...

Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall-Street

"Bartleby, the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street" is a short story by the American writer Herman ...

The Life of Horatio, Lord Nelson

Having entered the British Navy at the age of twelve, Horatio Lord Nelson achieved the rank of ca...

The History of the Assassins

Translated from the German by Oswald Charles Wood, M. D.

Culture and Anarchy: An Essay in Political and Social Criticism

"Culture and Anarchy" is Arnold's most famous piece of writing on culture which established his H...

The Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral

Essayes: Religious Meditations. Places of Perswasion and Disswasion. Seene and Allowed (1597) was...

The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature

The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature is a book by Harvard University ps...

History of the Peloponnesian War

The History of the Peloponnesian War (Greek: Ἱστορίαι, "Histories") is a historical account of th...

The French Revolution: A History

The French Revolution: A History was written by the Scottish essayist, philosopher, and historian...

The Fixation of Belief

Charles Sanders Peirce argues that the aim of inquiry is the fixation of belief, and that the sci...

The Conquest of Granada by the Spaniards

The Conquest of Granada is a Restoration era stage play, a two-part tragedy written by John Dryde...

Of the Proficience and Advancement of Learning, Divine and Human.

Advancement of Learning, The, by Francis Bacon (1605), the original title being ‘Of the Proficien...

Specimen Days

Specimen Days first appeared in 1882 within a volume entitled Specimen Days & Collect, published ...

On the Origin of Species

On the Origin of Species (or, more completely, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selec...

Anti-Slavery and Reform Papers

This book contains a compilation of Henry David Thoreau's works about slavery and civil reform.

A Treatise of Human Nature

A Treatise of Human Nature (1738–40) is a book by Scottish philosopher David Hume, considered by ...

III. Compensation

The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson Volume II – Essays I

The wings of Time are black and white,Pied with morning and with night.Mountain tall and ocean ...