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Every appearance in nature corresponds to some state of the mind, and that state of the mind can only be described by presenting that natural appearance as its picture. An enraged man is a lion, a cunning man is a fox, a firm man is a rock, a learned man is a torch. A lamb is innocence; a snake is subtle spite; flowers express to us the delicate affections. Light and darkness are our familiar expressions for knowledge and ignorance ; and heat for love. Visible distance behind and before us, is respectively our image of memory and hope.
—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, from “Language”, collected in Nature: An Essay

“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Collected Poems and Translations

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1. Emerson Recording Laboratories, Inc. (1924-1926), Consolidated Record Corporation (1926-1928) - Ryan Barna Collection.

When the Consolidated Record Corporation took over Emerson’s recording operations in 1926, they converted to electrical recording, but continued the same 3000 matrix series that Emerson used to supply recordings for Grey Gull. Thus, any matrix numbers higher than 3876 are electrical recordings (beginning with 3877).

2. Emerson Phonograph Company, Inc. (1918-1923) - Ryan Barna Collection, Emerson 7" discs. 

Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Collected Poems and Translations