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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... John Murray Forbes, (August 13, 1771 – 1831) Buried in Buenos Aires, Argentina Ralph Bennett Forbes, (August 1, 1773 – 1824) m. 1st to Florence Emerson, (1882–1906), m. 3rd to Dita Weber Helen Forbes, (1905–1911), (daughter of Gerrit Forbes and Florence Emerson) Edith Forbes, (1906-...), (daughter of Gerrit Forbes and ...
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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 ...
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    When life has been well spent, age is a loss of what it can well spare,—muscular strength, organic instincts, gross bulk, and works that belong to these. But the central wisdom, which was old in infancy, is young in fourscore years, and dropping off obstructions, leaves in happy subjects the mind purified and wise.
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    Sole and self-commanded works,
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    Makes flames to freeze, and ice to boil.
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    A man is a golden impossibility. The line he must walk is a hair’s breadth.
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    There are many faculties in man, each of which takes its turn of activity, and that faculty which is paramount in any period and exerts itself through the strongest nation, determines the civility of that age: and each age thinks its own the perfection of reason.
    —Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    Woe and want thou canst outsleep;
    Want and woe, which torture us,
    Thy sleep makes ridiculous.
    —Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)