Friday, January 03, 2014



Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals (January 7, 1833):
But I am ashamed of myself for a dull scholar. Every day I display a more astounding ignorance.
Id. (January 15, 1833):
Seldom, I suppose, was a more inapt learner of arithmetic, astronomy, geography, political economy, than I am, as I daily find to my cost. It were to brag much if I should there end the catalogue of my defects. My memory of history—put me to the pinch of a precise question—is as bad; my comprehension of a question in technical metaphysics very slow, and in all arts practick, in driving a bargain, or hiding emotion, or carrying myself in company as a man for an hour, I have no skill.
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