Who is Ralph Waldo Emerson?

  • (noun): United States writer and leading exponent of transcendentalism (1803-1882).
    Synonyms: Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. 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.

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... (August 13, 1771 – 1831) Buried in Buenos Aires, Argentina Ralph Bennett Forbes, (August 1, 1773 – 1824) m. 1st to Florence Emerson, (1882–1906), m. 1905–1911), (daughter of Gerrit Forbes and Florence Emerson) Edith Forbes, (1906-...), (daughter of Gerrit Forbes and Florence Emerson) Gordon Donald ...
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... "Experience" is an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson ... In one passage, Emerson speaks out against the effort to over-intellectualize life - and particularly against experiments to create utopias, or ideal ... A wise and happy life, Emerson believes, requires a different attitude ...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson - Selected Works
... See also category Works by Ralph Waldo Emerson Collections Essays First Series (1841) Essays Second Series (1844) Poems (1847) Nature Addresses and Lectures (1849) Representative Men (1850 ...

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    Only by obedience to his genius; only by the freest activity in the way constitutional to him, does an angel seem to arise before a man, and lead him by the hand out of all the wards of the prison.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    In the woods in a winter afternoon one will see as readily the origin of the stained glass window, with which Gothic cathedrals are adorned, in the colors of the western sky seen through the bare and crossing branches of the forest.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    We want some coat woven of elastic steel, stout as the first, and limber as the second. We want a ship in these billows we inhabit. An angular, dogmatic house would be rent to chips and splinters, in this storm of many elements. No, it must be tight, and fit to the form of man, to live at all; as a shell is the architecture of a house founded on the sea.
    —Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    A man is a beggar who only lives to the useful, and, however he may serve as a pin or rivet in the social machine, cannot be said to have arrived at self-possession.
    —Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    We must not inquire too curiously into the absolute value of literature. Enough that it amuses and exercises us. At least it leaves us where we were. It names things, but does not add things.
    —Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)