Ralph Waldo Emerson Nature
Quotes I connect with:
- “Nature is a setting that fits equally well a comic or mourning piece.”
Nature can change with your moods if you're happy nature can show you happy. If your sad nature can show you what is sad. Everything and nothing exists in nature. What you look for in nature is what you will find. If your desire to be alone and be sad in your thoughts, nature can provide that for you. If you are happy and just got a new job someplace wonderful you can go out into nature and you will see the light, flowers and happiness in nature as well. He believes that children appreciate nature more than adults do because they can appreciate the simplicity of nature.
- “I am part or particle of God.”
He said he could only try to figure out who you really are as a person by realizing you are just a particle of dust in the vast landscape of the world. To live in harmony inside of yourself you need to live in harmony with nature. I think he is comparing nature to being a kind of God. He says that nature is nothing but sees everything, just like God would. In nature he believes you return to a perfect state of mind using all of your reasoning and faith that God gave you. Nothing horrible can happen to you in the wilds of nature.
- “Nature always wears the colors of the spirit”
You may be able to lie to yourself about what's going on in your world but you can't lie about nature because it sees everything. I believe this goes along the same line of reasoning as the quote before it. Nature is like a God that sees everything so don't even bother to live in nature because nature can see right through your lies.
A few quotes I don't understand:
- “but every night, out the envoys of beauty”
Envoy means an author's concluding words. So I am not sure if he is saying that every day is the end of a book or an end of the story maybe? Or he might be trying to say that the brilliance of the stars is accessible to everybody whether you're smart or stupid young or old everybody can see the night sky no matter who you are or where you live. Everybody gets to see the same stars and every day is a new beginning or fresh start. The night sky, even though you can see it, you can't get to it. It is inaccessible. There is something new to discover every day and every night just by looking around.
- “The power to produce this delight, does not reside in nature, but in man, or in harmony of both”.
I feel like he is going against his whole argument that nature is bigger than we are. I feel like this quote says that we must live in nature but ultimately man has the power to rule over nature not the other way around. I believe this goes against everything he said earlier in the same writing. I am trying to look at it from his point of view maybe he means that by working together man and nature are somehow stronger than just man or just nature by itself.