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Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Boston MA, May 25, 1803 - Concord MA, April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of William Emerson, a Unitarian minister. After he himself also became Unitarian, he became more of a transcendentalist. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.

Tuesday Nov 13, 2018

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Fiction

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.

Friday Apr 27, 2018

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Having a friend

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

Friday Feb 16, 2018

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Life

Life is a journey, not a destination.

Wednesday Jan 10, 2018

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Enthusiasm

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Wednesday Dec 6, 2017

Ralph Waldo Emerson: The great man

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

Wednesday Nov 1, 2017

Ralph Waldo Emerson: The glory of friendship

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.

Wednesday Mar 29, 2017

Ralph Waldo Emerson: The slave

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

Monday Jan 30, 2017

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Be yourself

Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that. Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for.

Tuesday Jan 24, 2017

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Make the most of yourself

Make the most of yourself....
for that is all there is of you.

Friday Apr 15, 2016

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Who will you become?

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

Friday Feb 5, 2016

Ralph Waldo Emerson: The puropse of life

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

Friday Jan 29, 2016

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Are you misunderstood?

Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.

Thursday Jan 21, 2016

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Doing and Saying

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.

Thursday Jan 14, 2016

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Dare to live

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.

Thursday Dec 17, 2015

Ralph Waldo Emerson about finishing the day

Finish each 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. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

Monday Nov 16, 2015

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Peace and War

The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.

Thursday Nov 12, 2015

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Leave a trail

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

Thursday Aug 13, 2015

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Being yourself

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Tuesday Jun 23, 2015

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Beautiful compensations of life

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

Monday Jun 8, 2015

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Do kindnesses

You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.

Thursday May 28, 2015

Ralph Waldo Emerson: The pace of nature

Adopt the pace of nature:
her secret is patience.

Friday May 15, 2015

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Control your anger!

For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.

Monday Dec 8, 2014

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Behind, Before and inside us

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Friday Nov 21, 2014

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Shallow men and strong men

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.

Thursday Aug 14, 2014

Ralph Waldo Emerson: You can learn from anybody

Every man I meet is my superior in some way and In that I learn from him.

Friday Dec 20, 2013

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Being grateful

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.

Tuesday Oct 8, 2013

Ralph Waldo Emerson: Be aware of your own shadow

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine.