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NEWS RELEASE — 17 MAY 2013
Frances J. Monson, wife of Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, passed away at 6:35 a.m. this morning in a Salt Lake City hospital surrounded by family. She had been hospitalized for several weeks and passed away peacefully of causes incident to age. Sister Monson was 85 years old. Funeral arrangements are pending (see updated release).
Recognized by her husband as the family’s beacon of love, compassion and encouragement, Sister Monson lived a Christ-centered life in word and deed. She will forever be remembered for her kindness and quiet, sustained support of her husband in his Church duties.
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Born on 27 October 1927, Frances Beverly Johnson was the youngest and only daughter of Franz E. Johnson and Hildur Booth Johnson’s five children. Her parents were delighted to have a little girl in the family, whom they promptly named Frances, after her father Franz.
She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, as a child of the Great Depression and learned the value of hard work and thrift, which served her well throughout her life. She graduated from East High School and the University of Utah, where she excelled in math and science. When asked why she enrolled in these difficult classes, she replied with a twinkle in her eye, “Because that is where all the cute boys were.” Frances was also an accomplished pianist and was often seen playing tennis in Liberty Park during her teenage years. Later, she worked in the accounting department of a large department store to help pay for her college education.
It was also during her university days she met a handsome, strapping young man also of Swedish descent, Thomas Spencer Monson, at the time known as Tommy. “The first time I met Frances, I knew I’d found the right one,” he would later say about their courtship. They met in 1944 and were married on 7 October 1948 in the Salt Lake Temple.
The couple was blessed with three children: Thomas Lee, Ann Frances and Clark Spencer. The children soon learned that they had a very special mother. She helped her sons learn about, buy and raise Birmingham Roller pigeons, at one point helping her son to travel to England to meet a Birmingham Roller expert. She allowed one son to keep a pet snake in the bathtub. Most mothers would shudder at the word snake, let alone have one in the tub. The herd, gaggle and flock of family pets eventually included chickens, more pigeons, a dog, geese and other animals.
Daughter Ann Dibb said her mother was always good at bookkeeping, budgeting and “being mindful of where the best bargains could be found.” Ann’s mother followed the Church’s provident living advice of thrift and self-reliance, making her grocery money go further by researching and buying items on sale and then storing them at home. Up until recently she continued to read both Salt Lake newspapers looking for coupons and bargains.
She was known as the family assembler and fix-it person. Early every Christmas morning found Frances assembling bikes, toys and doll houses and on other occasions fixing an electrical switch or plumbing leak. Ann said this was something her father readily admitted was her mother’s talent, not his.
She served in the Relief Society and Primary and spent many hours preparing lessons for those callings. She also served alongside her husband when he was called to preside over the Church’s Canadian Mission, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, from 1959 to 1962. Both concur that the mission was a beautiful experience that gave them many opportunities to learn and grow both spiritually and intellectually.
Frances was blessed with an endearing sense of humor, a part of which President Monson shared in a general conference talk: “Several years ago my dear wife went to the hospital. She left a note behind for the children: ‘Dear children, do not let Daddy touch the microwave’ — followed by a comma ‘or the stove, or the dishwasher, or the dryer.’ I’m embarrassed to add any more to that list.” Her recipe for life included plenty of encouragement, kindness and hard work, with a dose of humor thrown in for good measure.
Most importantly, Frances will be best remembered for the love and support she showed to her husband and family and the service she rendered to others. Ann said, “She dearly loved my father and recognized his talents and the gifts that he’d been given and took pleasure in supporting him and helping him magnify the talents that were his.” She completely supported her husband in all of his Church duties. She also delighted in being a mother, continually teaching her children the importance of sacrifice and serving the Lord.
Ann shared a tender example of her mother supporting her father in his Church callings. As a newly called member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the then Elder Monson was assigned to speak in general priesthood meeting. Frances tried to stand in the doorway of the Salt Lake Tabernacle to listen to her husband speak, but the ushers wouldn’t allow it, so she stood as near to the window as possible to hear the talk. She loved to listen and show her support and accompanied him many times on his visits to the elderly and those with poor health.
Frances radiated patience and compassion when serving others. She tenderly cared for her mother, who suffered from cancer for more than six years. In April of 1988, the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph’s Villa, an elder-care facility, presented Frances and her husband with the Continuum of Caring Humanitarian Award, honoring both of them for their dedicated and untiring service to the senior citizens of Utah.
Never purposely in the spotlight, Frances Beverly Johnson Monson was always gracious, kind and supportive in everything she said and did. Her quiet influence felt around the world will be missed.
This news release previously referred to Frances Monson by her given middle initial “B” rather than her maiden name initial “J”. The family has requested that her maiden name initial “J’ be used.
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Quotes, Ronald Reagan about Nancy Reagan:
I can sum up our marriage in a line I spoke when I played the great pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander, a line spoken by him in life to his wife, Aimee: “God must think a lot of me to have given me you.” I thank Him every day for giving me Nancy.
The nicest thing a girl ever did for me was when a girl named Nancy married me and brought a warmth and joy to my life that has grown with each passing year.
We haven’t been careless with the treasure that is ours – namely what we are to each other.
I think it’s all too common in marriage that, no matter how much partners love each other, they don’t thank each other enough. And I suppose I don’t thank Nancy enough for all that she does for me. So, Nancy, in front of all your friends here today, let me say, thank you for all you do. Thank you for your love. And thank you for just being you.
(Nancy can) make me lonely just by leaving the room.
Quotes, Ronald Reagan on Love:
Love can grow slowly out of warmth and companionship and none of us should be afraid to seek it.
It does take quite a man to remain attractive and to be loved by a woman who has heard him snore, seen him unshaven, tended him while he was sick, and washed his dirty underwear. Do that and keep her still feeling a warm glow and you will know some very beautiful music.
You’ll never get in trouble if you say ‘I love you’ at least once a day.
What do you say about someone who gives your life meaning? What do you say about someone who’s always there with support and understanding, someone who makes sacrifices so that your life will be easier and more successful? Well, what you say is that you love that person and treasure her.
When Reagan died June 5, 2004, from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 93, the world lost a great leader and a great romantic as well. But thanks to his quotes, Ronald Reagan can live on in our memories.
“The Faith of Ronald Reagan,” by Mary Beth Brown
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No language can express the power, and beauty, and heroism, and majesty of a mother’s love. It shrinks not where man cowers, and grows stronger where man faints, and over wastes of worldly fortunes sends the radiance of its quenchless fidelity like a star. ~Edwin Hubbell Chapin
A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. ~Tenneva Jordan
Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs in my field, since the payment is pure love. ~Mildred B. Vermont
A suburban mother’s role is to deliver children obstetrically once, and by car forever after. ~Peter De Vries
The phrase “working mother” is redundant. ~Jane Sellman
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new. ~Rajneesh
If the whole world were put into one scale, and my mother in the other, the whole world would kick the beam. ~Lord Langdale (Henry Bickersteth)
I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life. ~Abraham Lincoln
Some mothers are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same, and most mothers kiss and scold together. ~Pearl S. Buck
If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
A Freudian slip is when you say one thing but mean your mother. ~Author Unknown
Sweater, n.: garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly. ~Ambrose Bierce
Women’s Liberation is just a lot of foolishness. It’s the men who are discriminated against. They can’t bear children. And no one’s likely to do anything about that. ~Golda Meir
The real religion of the world comes from women much more than from men – from mothers most of all, who carry the key of our souls in their bosoms. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness. ~Honoré de Balzac
All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his. ~Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest, 1895
He is a poor son whose sonship does not make him desire to serve all men’s mothers. ~Harry Emerson Fosdick
She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn’t take them along. ~Margaret Culkin Banning
An ounce of mother is worth a pound of clergy. ~Spanish Proverb
Thou art thy mother’s glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime.
When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. ~Sophia Loren,Women and Beauty
If evolution really works, how come mothers only have two hands? ~Milton Berle
Motherhood is priced
Of God, at price no man may dare
To lessen or misunderstand.
~Helen Hunt Jackson
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. ~Aristotle
Women are aristocrats, and it is always the mother who makes us feel that we belong to the better sort. ~John Lancaster Spalding
Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep
The sweetest sounds to mortals given
Are heard in Mother, Home, and Heaven.
~William Goldsmith Brown
What are Raphael’s Madonnas but the shadow of a mother’s love, fixed in permanent outline forever? ~Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The formative period for building character for eternity is in the nursery. The mother is queen of that realm and sways a scepter more potent than that of kings or priests. ~Author Unknown
Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible. ~Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul
[A] mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled. ~Emily Dickinson
A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. ~Washington Irving
Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease. ~Lisa Alther
Don’t ever tell the mother of a newborn that her baby’s smile is just gas. ~Jill Woodhull
Now, as always, the most automated appliance in a household is the mother. ~Beverly Jones
That best academy, a mother’s knee. ~James Russell Lowell
A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them. ~Victor Hugo
Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What’s that suppose to mean? In my heart it don’t mean a thing. ~Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987
The only mothers it is safe to forget on Mother’s Day are the good ones. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960
There is an instinct in a woman to love most her own child – and an instinct to make any child who needs her love, her own. ~Robert Brault,www.robertbrault.com
Mommies are just big little girls. ~Author Unknown
A mom’s hug lasts long after she lets go. ~Author Unknown
Hundreds of dewdrops to greet the dawn,
Hundreds of bees in the purple clover,
Hundreds of butterflies on the lawn,
But only one mother the wide world over.
A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories. ~Honoré de Balzac
A mother’s heart is a patchwork of love. ~Author Unknown
A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother’s love endures through all. ~Washington Irving
A mom forgives us all our faults, not to mention one or two we don’t even have. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
My mother is a poem
I’ll never be able to write,
though everything I write
is a poem to my mother.
You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool mom. ~Author Unknown
With what price we pay for the glory of motherhood. ~Isadora Duncan
One good mother is worth a hundred schoolmasters. ~George Herbert
There’s nothing like a mama-hug. ~Terri Guillemets
Who fed me from her gentle breast
And hushed me in her arms to rest,
And on my cheek sweet kisses prest?
Mother’s love is peace. It need not be acquired, it need not be deserved. ~Erich Fromm
What is a mom but the sunshine of our days and the north star of our nights. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
Mother is a verb, not a noun. ~Proverb
Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the place to make it well?
Mother – that was the bank where we deposited all our hurts and worries. ~T. DeWitt Talmage
Being a mother is learning about strengths you didn’t know you had, and dealing with fears you didn’t know existed. ~Linda Wooten
The precursor of the mirror is the mother’s face. ~D.W. Winnicott, Playing and Reality, 1971
The mother of boys work son-up to son-down. ~Author Unknown
Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. ~William Makepeace Thackeray
A daughter is a mother’s gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of her self. And mothers are their daughters’ role model, their biological and emotional road map, the arbiter of all their relationships. ~Victoria Secunda
Mother’s love grows by giving. ~Charles Lamb
I miss thee, my Mother! Thy image is still
The deepest impressed on my heart.
The tie which links mother and child is of such pure and immaculate strength as to be never violated. ~Washington Irving
A mom reads you like a book, and wherever she goes, people read you like a glowing book review. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
I cannot forget my mother. [S]he is my bridge. When I needed to get across, she steadied herself long enough for me to run across safely. ~Renita Weems
A little girl, asked where her home was, replied, “where mother is.” ~Keith L. Brooks
Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
Mom – the person most likely to write an autobiography and never mention herself. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes, by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers and sisters, aunts and cousins, comrades and friends – but only one mother in the whole world. ~Kate Douglas Wiggin
If I was damned of body and soul,
I know whose prayers would make me whole,
Mother o’ mine, O mother o’mine.
Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother’s love is not. ~James Joyce
My mother had a slender, small body, but a large heart – a heart so large that everybody’s joys found welcome in it, and hospitable accommodation. ~Mark Twain
It’s not easy being a mother. If it were easy, fathers would do it. ~From the television show The Golden Girls
The mother’s heart is the child’s school-room. ~Henry Ward Beecher
The way to rear up children (to be just)
They know a simple, merry, tender knack
Of tying sashes, fitting baby shoes,
And stringing pretty words that make no sense,
And kissing full sense into empty words.
~Elizabeth Barrett Browning
I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine — she helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights. ~Terri Guillemets
Mother, the ribbons of your love are woven around my heart. ~Author Unknown
How beautifully everything is arranged by Nature; as soon as a child enters the world, it finds a mother ready to take care of it. ~Jules Michelet
The desolation and terror of, for the first time, realizing that the mother can lose you, or you her, and your own abysmal loneliness and helplessness without her. ~Francis Thompson
My mom is literally a part of me. You can’t say that about many people except relatives, and organ donors. ~Carrie Latet
Every beetle is a gazelle in the eyes of its mother. ~Moorish Proverb
All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother. ~Abraham Lincoln
No painter’s brush, nor poet’s pen
In justice to her fame
Has ever reached half high enough
To write a mother’s name.
Women who miscalculate are called mothers. ~Abigail Van Buren
A man’s work is from sun to sun, but a mother’s work is never done. ~Author Unknown
Mirror, mirror on the wall,
I am my mother after all.
One of the very few reasons I had any respect for my mother when I was thirteen was because she would reach into the sink with her bare hands - bare hands - and pick up that lethal gunk and drop it into the garbage. To top that, I saw her reach into the wet garbage bag and fish around in there looking for a lost teaspoon. Bare hands - a kind of mad courage. ~Robert Fulghum
One lamp – thy mother’s love – amid the stars
Shall lift its pure flame changeless, and before
The throne of God, burn through eternity -
Holy – as it was lit and lent thee here.
~Nathaniel Parker Willis
No one in the world can take the place of your mother. Right or wrong, from her viewpoint you are always right. She may scold you for little things, but never for the big ones. ~Harry Truman
Perhaps we are given a mom that we might take into death the memory of a lullaby. ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com
Life is the fruit she longs to hand you,
Ripe on a plate.
And while you live,
Relentlessly she understands you.
All mothers are working mothers. ~Author Unknown
Because I feel that in the heavens above
The angels, whispering one to another,
Can find among their burning tears of love,
None so devotional as that of “Mother,”
Therefore, by that dear name I have long called you,
You who are more than mother unto me.
~Edgar Allan Poe
Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. ~Oprah Winfrey
A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest. ~Irish Proverb
Ellen Louisa Tucker Ralph Waldo Emerson
“My reasoning faculty is proportionately weak, nor can I ever have hope to write a Butler’s Analogy or an Essay of Home…I am ill at ease among men. I criticize with hardness; I lavishly applaud; I weakly argue; and I wonder with a foolish face of praise…A score of words & deeds issue from me daily, of which I am not the master. They are begotten of weakness & born of shame. I cannot assume the elevations I might—but love the influence I exert among those of meaner or younger understanding…What is called a warm heart, I have not. The sterner accuser Conscience cries that the Catalogue of Confessions is not yet full. I am a lover of indolence, & of the belly…I cannot accurately estimate my chances of success in my profession, & in life. Were it just to judge the future from the past, they would be very low. In my case I think it is not. I have never expected success in my present employment.” April 18, 1824
Writer Peter Chou observed that From the above confessions in his journals: It’s hard to see how an indolent youth of 21 will grow into the mighty intellect that we know as Emerson— certainly one of America’s wisest and brightest individuals whose words of wisdom still illumine us today.
Emerson married Ellen Louisa Tucker whom he called “One First Love.”
1) Romantic love works it alchemy on the human spirit.
“Just as Beatrice inspired Dante to write his Divine Comedy (1300 – 1321)—the gratest love poem that chronicles the pilgrim’s journey from Inferno through Purgatorio to Paradise, so did Ellen Louisa Tucker weave her beauty and charm into Emerson’s heart and soul. She died 17 months after they were married, but their short time together brought untold happiness to Emerson. Ellen was Emerson’s apsara.”
An Apsara (also spelled as Apsarasa) is a female spirit of the clouds and waters in
A 10th-century sandstone statue of an Apsara from Madhya Pradesh, India.
Also spelled an Apsara
Their short time together brought “untold happiness to Emerson. Ellen was Emerson’s apsara, an angel of the spirit who would inspire Emerson to divine insight nd illumination. It’s interesting, Chu said, that during this time together, Emerson did not make as many Journal entries as before. He was experiencing bliss and ectasy with her every day and had no time to write about them. Here are some of Emerson’s writings during that period.”
2) I have now been four days engaged to Ellen Louisa Tucker. Will my Father in Heaven regard us with kindness and as he hath, as we trust, made us for each other, will he be pleased to strengthen & purify & prosper & eternize our affection?
Sunday Morning—Journal, Dec. 21, 1828, Concord, N.H.
3) She has the purity & confiding religion of an angel. Are the words common? The words are true. Will God forgive me my sins & me to deserve the gift of her mercy (Jan. 17, 1829)
4) My weight is 144 lb. (July 3, 1829)
5) Oh, Ellen, I do dearly love you—(July 21, 1829)
6) Quantum scimis sumus (“We are what we know.”)—that which we find within ourselves, which is more than ourselves, and yet the ground of whatever is good and permanent theein, is the substance of life of all other knowledge (Blotting Book Y, before entry of Oct. 9, 1829)
7) We must beware of the nature of the spiritual world. It has this terrible power of self-change, self-accommodation to whatever we do that Ovid’s Metamorphoses take place continually.
8) The nymph who wept became a fountain, the nymph who pined became an echo. They who do good become angels. They who do deformities become deformed (October 31, 1829)
9) What is prayer? It is the expression of human wishes addressed to God. Prayer is the effort of the soul to apply itself in all its length & breadth to the sovereign idea, is the attempt to bring home to the thoughts so grand a mind & converse with it as we converse with men. (March 2, 1830
10) What is God? The most elevated conception of character that can be formed in the mind. It is the individual’s own soul carried out to perfection.
11) What it means to be one with God? Go sit alone… see what you can hope to be that is highest & best; see how goodness is the way to wisdom & wisdom is the way to goodness; see how the soul in the infinite vista of the future foresees the hour when it shall desire nothing wrong & therefore nothing false, when desiring every thing right & every thing right being done, it shall find that insensibly it beats pulse for pulse with the Heart of nature, that all its volitions are followed by instant effects, that it is united to God. (Brookline, June 7, 1830)
12) Humility is properly the exalting of the Spirit… He that is of an humble, that is, of a wise Spirit will never be ashamed of any thing, that is, will despise nothing. and specially will moral truth be venerable to him… He that humbleth himself shall be exalted because he that humbleth himself— it is a sign that he is exalting his idea of the power of his own nature & of course perceives the mediocrity of his own attainments; and is exalting his view of God. (July 15, 1830)
13) Immense significance of the precept Know Thyself. In view of this, how ridiculous is Alexander, & Bonaparte wandering from one extreme of civilization to the other to conquer men, himself the while yet unconquered, unexplored, unknown, to himself… How ridiculous the gladiators on our republican arena, greedy of a little showy power over their fellow citizens’ property & rights & foregoing the sceptre of spiritual might that belongs to the self comprehender. He that knows himself must always be felt as the superior of him that does not, let the last rule the globe if he will. (July 30, 1830)
14) Immense significance of the precept Know Thyself. In view of this, how ridiculous is Alexander, & Bonaparte wandering from one extreme of civilization to the other to conquer men, himself the while yet unconquered, unexplored, unknown, to himself… How ridiculous the gladiators on our republican arena, greedy of a little showy power over their fellow citizens’ property & rights & foregoing the scepter of spiritual might that belongs to the self-comprehender. He that knows himself must always be felt as the superior of him that does not, let the last rule the globe if he will. (July 30, 1830)
|15) My weight is 157 lb. (Brookline, August 3, 1830)16) We never ask the reason of what is good. The sun shines & warms & lights us & we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, & hunger, & musquitoes, & silly people. (Aug. 18, 1830)17) Ellen Tucker Emerson died 8th February. Tuesday morning. 9 o’clock. [Feb. 8, 1831]18) Five days are wasted since Ellen went to heaven to see, to know, to worship, to love, to intercede. God be merciful to me a sinner & repair this miserable debility in which her death has left my soul… Pray for me Ellen & raise the friend you so truly loved, to be what you thought him… Dear Ellen shall we not be united even now more & more, as I more steadfastly persist in the love of truth & virtue which you loved? Spirits are not deceived & now you know the sins & selfishness which the husband would fain have concealed from the confiding wife— help me to be rid of them; suggest good thoughts as you promised me, & lead me upward. Reunite us, o thou Father of our Spirits.19) Will the eye that was closed on Tuesday ever beam again in the fulness of love on me? Shall I ever again be able to connect the face of outward nature, the mists of the morn, the star of eve, the flowers, & all poetry, with the heart & life of an enchanting friend? No. There is one birth & one baptism & one first love and the affections cannot keep their youth any more than men… “Take me o god to thyself” was frequently on her lips. Never any one spake with greater simplicity or cheerfulness of dying. She said, ‘I pray for sincerity & that I may not talk, but may realize what I say.’… One of the last things she said after much rambling & inarticulate expression was ‘I have not forgot the peace & joy.’ And at nine o’clock she died. Farewell blessed Spirit who hast made me happy in thy life & in thy death make me yet happy in thy disembodied state.
(February 13, 1831)
20) It is worth recording that Plotinus said, “Of the Unity of God, Nothing can be predicated, neither being, nor essence, nor life, for it is above all these.” Grand it is to recognize the truth of this & of every one of that first class of truths which are necessary. Thus “Design proves a designer”, “Like must know like—” or “the same can only be known by the same,”… and ‘God without can only be known by God within’ & ‘Scriptures can be explained only by that Spirit which dictated them’… It would be well for every mind to collect with care every truth of this kind he may meet, & make a catalogue of “necessary truths.” They are scanned & approved by the Reason far above the understanding. They are the last facts by which we approximate metaphysically to God.
21) Our goodness is so low that it scarce seems to approximate to truth & our knowledge so scanty that it does not approximate to virtue. But in God they are one. He is perfectly wise because he is perfectly good; & perfectly good because he is perfectly wise… The only way to stand is to cling to the Rock. Keep the soul always turned to God. Nothing so vast but feel that he contains it. Let nothing be so real or pure or grand as He is. If your idea of him is dim or perplexed pray & think & act more. It is the education of the soul. It is the sure way of individual increase. Sincerity is always holy, & always strong. Come good or ill, the pure in heart are in the right way. And presently & often, you shall be rewarded with clearer perception, the sense of more intimate communion.
22) Dear Ellen do you despise knowledge, or through holier organs does the soul fill her thirst & add to her appetite? Do you despise goodness? Oh no never here did you underrate a miser’s mite, & not there, not there, my love. O suggest, coming from God’s throne, suggest to this lone heart some hint of him. O forget me not, think with me, pray with me.
23) All Wisdom, all genius is reception. The more perfect the character & the more rich the gifts, the more would the individual seem sunk, & the more unmixed would the truth he possessed appear. He would exist merely to impart & to hang on the first cause— a Socrates, a Jesus. The moment you describe Milton’s verse you use words implying not creation but increased perception, second sight, knowledge of what is, beyond the ken of others. Yet these are prophecy… In moral philosophy an acute observer of men can predict the future character of a man from brief observation of him with a precision astonishing to the dull.
24) He is truly calm who by dint of steady sight discerns the principles on which his being rests & sees that he acts upon grounds that must abide when the sun is quenched. He accustoms himself to the contemplation of infinite ideas & that gives him an air of superiority to his breakfast & his customer, not conceit. He can deal with princes without lowering his brow who lives among thoughts which weigh princes & find them light in the balance.
25) There is one light through a thousand stars. There is one Spirit through myriad mouths. It will not do to divide or bound what is in itself infinite. Every word of truth that is spoken by man’s lips is from God. Every thought that is true is from God. Every right act is from God… The prophet understood his prediction; the apostle willed the cure of the cripple. If you ask how he wrought the miracle I ask how you lift your arm. By God. I suppose that miraculous power is only more power, not different power… There is but one source of power— that is God. (March 13, 1831)
26) All things take their character from the state of the spectator. Do not complain that the world is barren of interest or destitute of goodness. These curses come home to roost. These arrows rebound on the archer. Blind men in Rome complained that the streets grew dark. To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illuminated mind the whole world burns & sparkles with light… You read Bacon, & you are in wonder at the profusion of wise observations which they seem to have barreled up from the vast commonplaces of mankind. The more a man knows, he is the more prepared scholar… Every weed, every atom discloses its relations… “To virtue every day is bright & every hour propitious to diligence.” And that is the virtue of increased intelligence that it imparts worth to what was counted worthless. (May 20, 1831)
27) After a fortnight’s wandering to the Green Mountains & Lake Champlain yet finding you dear Ellen nowhere & yet everywhere I come again to my own place, & would willingly transfer some of the pictures that the eyes saw, in living language to my page; yea translate the fair & magnificent symbols into their own sentiments. But this were to antedate knowledge. It grows into us, say rather, we grow wise & not take wisdom; and only in God’s own order & by my concurrent effort can I get the abstract sense of which mountains, sunshine, thunder, night, birds, & flowers are the sublime alphabet.
28) Truth produces confidence in itself. Truth contains its ultimate reason. As a ball whose heat increases lights its own path. Few are free. Truth makes free. The man who thinks all good to consist in wealth, that is, the miser, not only mistakes, but is under the dominion, as we say, of an error… You desist at once from a thousand enforced works & words— you are free from this delusion. You are free to follow the natural constitution of your mind & the Universe. (June 15, 1831)
29) The best part of wisdom can never be communicated. (June 20, 1831)
30) I write the things that are
(July 6, 1831)
31) Shall I ask wealth or power of God who gave
(July 6, 1831)
32) God cannot be intellectually discerned. (July 21, 1831)
33) The world becomes transparent to Wisdom. Every thing reveals its reason within itself. The threads of innumerable relations are seen running from part to part & joining remotest points of time & space. ‘It sounds to the intelligent’ “There was never a cloud at sea but meant something” which means, seamen understand some things in meteorology.
34) Education is the drawing out the Soul. (Sept. 13, 1831)
35) God is not in a hurry… God will provide opportunities. Calmly wait. Now is an opportunity. You can’t be true to their principles but you can to yours now in sitting with them. Your understanding of religion is that it is doing right with a right motive. Stick to that mighty sense. (Nov. 4, 1831)
36) In connexion with the great doctrines of Compensation or Reaction, we get the best insight into the theory of Prayer. It teaches that Prayer does not at all consist in words but wholly is a state of mind. Consider it also in connexion with the doctrine that God is in the Soul of man, & we shall make another step towards truth… And when he is wholly godly or the unfolding God within him has subdued all to himself, then he asks what God wills & nothing else & all his prayers are granted. (November 23, 1831)
37) The day is sad, the night is careful, the heart is weighted down with leads, what shall he do who would belong to the Universe, “& live with living nature a pure rejoicing thing?” O friend, that said these words, are you conscious of this thought & this writer? I would not ask any other consolation than to be assured by one sign that the heart never plays false to itself when in its scope it requires by a necessity the permanence of the soul. (December 2, 1831)
38) How we came out of silence into this sounding world is the wonder of wonders. All other marvels are less. (December 10, 1831)
39) I visited Ellen’s tomb & opened the coffin. (March 29, 1832)
40) All true greatness must come from internal growth. (October 17, 1832)
41) Blessed is the day when the youth discovers that Within and Above are synonyms.
42) Chu: “The ecstasy which Emerson experienced during his marriage to Ellen Louisa Tucker, and the deep despair after her death brought about a new way of seeing for Emerson. God is not to be intellectually grasped but intuitively experienced. Then we find Heaven within us and Love everywhere. No wonder the young Emerson of 30 could say that the 60-year old seasoned poets of England (Wordsworth, Coleridge, Landor) as “deficient in religious truth.” Emerson did not learn this “first philosophy” from books but from his first-hand experience upon Ellen’s death just as Dante wrote his Vita Nuova when Beatrice died, and went on to write his greatest poem, the Commedia for his eternal beloved. Emerson’s Ellen died at 9 o’clock in the morning similar to Dante’s Beatrice who died “in the ninth hour of the ninth day of the month” (Vita Nuova, XXIX). While Beatrice inspired Dante to write his Commedia (1300) ten years after her passing (1290), Emerson’s Essays (1841) would appear ten years after Ellen’s death (1831). In both cases their first love would play the role of a muse who in their “disembodied state” inspired their poetic spirit to cosmic illumination as well as literary fame. In the two short poems of July 6, 1831, Emerson is seeing from God’s viewpoint as well as living in God’s wholeness in his Soul. How petty is wealth or power which most people aspires to, when one has experienced this state of transcendence. From Emerson’s journals we see that he has tasted this bliss in abundance.”
43) Emerson’s Journal entries were typed from:
44) Notes: The photo of Ellen Louisa Tucker is from Edith W. Gregg’s One First Love: The Letters of Ellen Louisa Tucker to Ralph Waldo Emerson, Belknap Press, Cambridge, Mass. (1962) I bought this book around 1964 at the Cornell Bookstore on their used bookshelf for $5 even though the book was brand new. I’ve added a red-yellow duotone in Adobe Photoshop to the original B&W photos of Ellen and Emerson on this page.
Emerson: From Indolence to Illumination, as farmed fromPeter Y. Chou’s Wisdom Portal, http://www.wisdomportal.com/Emerson/Emerson-OneFirstLove.html
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