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Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Emerson in 1857

Born

May 25, 1803
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Died

April 27, 1882
Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.

Alma mater

Harvard Divinity School

Spouse

Ellen Louisa Tucker ( m.  1829; died 1831)
Lydian Jackson ( m.  1835)

Era

19th-century philosophy

Region

Western philosophy

School

Transcendentalism

Institutions

Harvard College

Main interests

Individualism, mysticism

Notable ideas

" Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door ", transparent eyeball

Influences

  • Mary Moody Emerson, Emanuel Swedenborg, Germaine de Staël, Thomas Carlyle, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas Jefferson, Victor Cousin, Joseph de Gérando

Influenced

  • Harold Bloom, Jorge Luis Borges, William James, John Muir, Friedrich Nietzsche, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman

Signature

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Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, 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.

Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of transcendentalism in his 1836 essay "Nature". Following this work, he gave a speech entitled "The American Scholar" in 1837, which Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. considered to be America's "intellectual Declaration of Independence."

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Hitch your wagon to a star. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in raising up every time we fail. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in raising up every time we fail.

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All diseases run into one, old age. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

All diseases run into one, old age.

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The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Each age, it is found, must write its own books or rather, each generation for the next succeeding. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each age, it is found, must write its own books or rather, each generation for the next succeeding.

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For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Every artist was first an amateur. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every artist was first an amateur.

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In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.

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Pictures must not be too picturesque. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.

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Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.

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Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.

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Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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As we grow old, the beauty steals inward. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.

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