The Complete Writings of Oliver Wendell Holmes

The Complete Writings of Oliver Wendell Holmes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...not seem to have been very accomplished in the handling of agricultural implements either, for it is told in the family that his little son, Waldo, seeing him at work with a spade, cried out, Take care, papa, --you will dig your leg. He used to regret that he had no ear for music. I have said enough about his verse, which often jars on a sensitive ear, showing a want of the nicest perception of harmonies and discords in the arrangement of the words. There are stories which show that Emerson had a retentive memory in the earlier part of his life. It is hard to say from his books whether he had or not, for he jotted down such a multitude of things in his diary that this was a kind of mechanical memory which supplied him with endless materials of thought and subjects for his pen. Lover and admirer of Plato as Emerson was, the doors of the academy, over which was the inscription li-qBels ayeiofieTprjToi ccretTw, --Let no one unacquainted j with geometry enter here, --would have been closed to him. All the exact sciences found him an unwilling learner. He says of himself that he cannot multiply seven by twelve with impunity. In an unpublished manuscript kindly submitted to me by Mr. Frothingham, Emerson is reported as saying, God has given me the seeing eye, but not the working hand. His gift was insight; he saw the germ through its envelope; the particular in the light of the universal; the fact in connection with the principle; the phenomenon as related to the law; all this not by the slow and sure process of science, but by the sudden and searching flashes of imaginative double vision. He had neither the patience nor the method of the inductive reasoner; he passed from one thought to another not by logical steps...
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  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 308g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236881761
  • 9781236881762