Emerson: no school and no follower

May 6, 2009 § Leave a comment

Emerson writes in his journal about the kind of complication that Whitman would refer to (breeding the giant that destroys itself):

I have been writing & speaking what were once called novelties, for twenty five or thirty year, & have not now one disciple. Why? Not that what I said was not true; not that it has not found intelligent receivers but becasue it did not go grom any wish in me to bring men to me, but to themselves. I delight in driving them from me…. This is my boast that I have no school & no follower. I should account it a measure of the impurity of insight, if it did not create independence. (JMN 14: 258)

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