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Knickerbocker

or New-York Monthly Magazine, March 1844. Volume 23, Number 3

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Author: Various Authors
Published: 1844
Language: English
Wordcount: 63,290 / 186 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 66.3
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 611
Added to site: 2007.01.26
mnybks.net#: 15904
Genres: Periodical, Poetry
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ardly that. It believes not in the external world at all.'

If you are on that ground, I have done. To talk of that, would be wasting our time on nothing; or 'our eternity,' for with that sect time is altogether a delusion. It may be true, but the believer, even in the act of declaring his faith, must practically prove himself persuaded of the falsity of his doctrine.

'You wanted a short name for transcendentalism; if a long one will make this modification of it more odious, let us call it Incomprehensibilityosityivityalityationmentnessism.'

My friend said this with a face nearly as long as the word, made a low bow, and departed. I took my pen and reduced our conversation to writing. I hope by this time the reader has a very lucid answer to give to the question, What is Transcendentalism? It will be a miracle if he can see one inch farther into the fog-bank than before. I should like to take back the boast made in the beginning of this paper, th

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