As a Transcendentalist leader in the mid-19th century, Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803–April 27, 1882) was an American writer, speaker, and poet. New Hampshire was where he was born and where he passed away.
In more than 1,500 public speeches and scores of published writings, he advocated for individualism while also sharply critiquing society’s stifling forces.
Emerson developed and articulated the concept of Transcendentalism in his 1836 essay Nature after a period of progressive drift away from his contemporaries’ theological and social views.
“Intellectual Declaration of Independence”: Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., Sr., viewed a lecture given in 1837 by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. as the beginning of “The American Scholar.” There are many important works by Ralph Waldo Emerson that first appeared as lectures before being revised for publication.
Self-reliance, the Over-Soul, circles, and the poet are only a few of the well-known writings in his first two collections of essays, Essays.
First Series and Essays: Second Series, both of which were published in 1841 and 1844 respectively. His third collection of articles, Essays: Third Series, was published in 1845 and represents the essence of his thought.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Quotes
- A man is what he thinks about all day long. Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great. Ralph Waldo Emerson
- If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. Ralph Waldo Emerson
- Beware what you set your heart upon. For it surely shall be yours. Ralph Waldo Emerson
- To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. Ralph Waldo Emerson