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The Conduct of Life [Hardcover]

Ralph Waldo Emerson , 1stworld Library

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July 1 2005 142180848X 978-1421808482
Purchase one of 1st World Library's Classic Books and help support our free internet library of downloadable eBooks. Visit us online at www.1stWorldLibrary.ORG - - It chanced during one winter, a few years ago, that our cities were bent on discussing the theory of the Age. By an odd coincidence, four or five noted men were each reading a discourse to the citizens of Boston or New York, on the Spirit of the Times. It so happened that the subject had the same prominence in some remarkable pamphlets and journals issued in London in the same season. To me, however, the question of the times resolved itself into a practical question of the conduct of life. How shall I live? We are incompetent to solve the times. Our geometry cannot span the huge orbits of the prevailing ideas, behold their return, and reconcile their opposition. We can only obey our own polarity. 'Tis fine for us to speculate and elect our course, if we must accept an irresistible dictation.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: 1st World Library (July 1 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142180848X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421808482
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,798,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must read March 11 2014
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Amazingly wrote, humorous and to the point. One of the best books I have ever read and the way to look at life
3.0 out of 5 stars some good nuggets, a little windy in parts June 13 2014
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This is a good book If you are looking for a wise person's perspective on US culture, and human nature in general. The reflections of years ago still apply in most cases, I think. There are parts where the metaphors and descriptions get a little overdone, in my opinion, so I just skimmed them.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book March 5 2013
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Great book, wonderful classic, formatted well for the Kindle. No misspellings or punctuation errors, and highly enjoyable read. The read aloud function works great!
4.0 out of 5 stars it's ralph, what more need be said. March 5 2013
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it's fantastic. i read lots of this in various lit classes and then got on with my life. upon going back it is way better than i remembered.
4.0 out of 5 stars ... practical uses today and seem to be based on good sound judgement Sept. 15 2014
By Steven Watson - Published on
Written years ago many of the ideas still have practical uses today and seem to be based on good sound judgement..

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