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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) Author, essayist. Born in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Harvard University at the age of 18, and later entered and graduated from the Harvard Divinity School. In 1829, he married Ellen Tucker. Tragically, she died just 17 months later. Emerson moved to Concord, Massachusetts. His first published work, Nature(1836) described the outlines of his belief in transcendentalism, a. doctrine whose followers believed in the importance of individuality, as well as a deep connection to nature. This philosophy also rejects the importance need for materialism. Two volumes of Essays were published in 1841and in 1844. A collection of Poems(1847) was then published. Emerson was a noted lecturer; he spoke in the United States and in Europe. A collection of these speeches are found in the book Representative Men(1850). Emerson gave many speeches opposing slavery.
Emerson was considered one of the great orators of the time, Emerson’s enthusiasm and respect for his audience enraptured crowds. His support for abolitionism late in life created controversy, and at times he was subject to abuse from crowds while speaking on the topic, however this was not always the case. When asked to sum up his work, he said his central doctrine was “the infinitude of the private man.” The greatest tragedy relating to the life of Emerson is that he is not as well known outside of the United States as he is inside. Hopefully this list will inspire some non-Americans to read a little of his work..
1. A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.

2. All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.

3. Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.

4. Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.

5. Children are all foreigners.
6. Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.

7. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

8. Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

9. Every sweet has its sour; every evil its good.

10. Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could

11. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

12. Insist on yourself; never imitate… Every great man is unique.

13. Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…

14. Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.

15. No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
16. That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.

17. The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

18. The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men around to his opinion twenty years later.

19. The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.

20. Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.

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