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Ralph Waldo Emerson. Transcendentalism. Emerson would start out as a Unitarian minister, but would soon move away from it, as he could no longer teach in good conscience many of the things believed by ordinary Christians. Biography.

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Transcendentalism
Transcendentalism

  • Emerson would start out as a Unitarian minister, but would soon move away from it, as he could no longer teach in good conscience many of the things believed by ordinary Christians.


Biography
Biography

  • Standing by Emerson’s grave Walt Whitman noted: A just man, poised on himself, all-loving, all-inclosing, and sane and clear as the sun.”


Emerson s essays history
Emerson’s Essays: History

  • “The student is to read history actively and not passively; to esteem his own life the text, and books the commentary. He should see that he can live all history in his own person.”


Emerson s essays compensation
Emerson’s Essays: Compensation

  • “But for every benefit which you receive, a tax is levied. He is great who confers the most benefits. He is base to receive favors and render none.”


Emerson s essays friendship
Emerson’s Essays: Friendship

  • “Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person hypocrisy begins. A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere.”


Emerson s essays heroism
Emerson’s Essays: Heroism

  • “The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough.”


Emerson s essays the over soul
Emerson’s Essays: The Over-Soul

  • “The philosophy of six thousand years has not searched the chambers and magazines of the soul. Man is a stream whose source is hidden.”


Emerson s essays self reliance
Emerson’s Essays: Self-Reliance

  • “We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents.”


Emerson s essays self reliance1
Emerson’s Essays: Self-Reliance

  • No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions.”


Emerson s essays self reliance2
Emerson’s Essays: Self-Reliance

  • “We must go alone. I like the silent church before the service begins better than any preaching.”


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