UNLIMITED Audiobooks and eBooks

Over 40,000 books & works on all major devices

Get ALL YOU CAN for FREE for 30 days!

Essays - Second Series

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Book Overview: 

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, philosopher, and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid 19th century. His teachings directly influenced the growing New Thought movement of the mid-1800s.

How does All You Can Books work?

All You Can Books gives you UNLIMITED access to over 40,000 Audiobooks, eBooks, and Foreign Language courses. Download as many audiobooks, ebooks, language audio courses, and language e-workbooks as you want during the FREE trial and it's all yours to keep even if you cancel during the FREE trial. The service works on any major device including computers, smartphones, music players, e-readers, and tablets. You can try the service for FREE for 30 days then it's just $19.99 per month after that. So for the price everyone else charges for just 1 book, we offer you UNLIMITED audio books, e-books and language courses to download and enjoy as you please. No restrictions.

Book Excerpt: 
. . .f absolute good, intervenes for our succor, and at one whisper of these high powers we awake from ineffectual struggles with this nightmare. We hurl it into its own hell, and cannot again contract ourselves to so base a state.

The secret of the illusoriness is in the necessity of a succession of moods or objects. Gladly we would anchor, but the anchorage is quicksand. This onward trick of nature is too strong for us: Pero si muove. When at night I look at the moon and stars, I seem stationary, and they to hurry. Our love of the real draws us to permanence, but health of body consists in circulation, and sanity of mind in variety or facility of association. We need change of objects. Dedication to one thought is quickly odious. We house with the insane, and must humor them; then conversation dies out. Once I took such delight in Montaigne, that I thought I should not need any other book; before that, in Shakspeare; then in Plutarch; then in Plotinus; at one time. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Disappointed with this one. Just ramblings of a humanist. Yawn.

I got interested in Emerson by reading and enjoying Thoreau; although their mutual influence is evident, their writing styles are not alike. Walden would have been ten pages long if Emerson had wrote it. Still, I really enjoyed Emerson too. The essays are best read together even though some are q...more

It's exciting to read how educated people wrote 200 y ago, how they thought. It's surprising very little has changed. Wisdom remains the same. I envy his ability to say cruel and rude things about stupid people in such a manner that you barely undestand something judgmental was told of someone. I...more

I have a bit problem getting into the book since the style and the phrases used are a little archaic. However after a while, I could feel some rhythm to the language. Still, I am not accustomed to it. I am thinking of coming back to revisit the book later. Sometimes, after several passages, the l...more

There are aspects of Emerson that don't do it for me. He believes in Nature, with a big capital N. He's sure he's found it, he's sure it's good, and he's sure that Nature is himself. Sometimes his belief in Nature makes him a thoroughgoing democrat. Everyone, after all, is Natural by definition....more

Self Reliance is a motivational essay. All others are Complicated conventional wisdom

I highlighted every other page.

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept
the place the divine providence has found for you, the society
of your contemporaries, the connection of events. Great men
have always done so, and confided themselves childlike to the
genius of their age, betrayi...more

Although I don't buy into Emerson's transcendental philosophy I will say he has some of the most salient quotes about being oneself. There are snatches of his "Self Reliance" essay that I will probably put to memory. And, wow, the way Emerson could turn a phrase, whewwwww, this man could write! B...more

View More Reviews