Ralph Waldo Emerson. 1803-1882. Father of Transcendentalism. Transcendentalism Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Life “Nature” “The American Scholar” Speech “Divinity School Address” “Self Reliance” “Hymn Sung at the Completion of the Concord Monument, April 19, 1836”. Emerson’s Famous Quotes.
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Father of Transcendentalism
the Concord Monument, April 19, 1836”
“By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world
Alike the conqueror silent sleeps;
And time the ruined bridge has swept
Down the dark stream which seaward creeps.
On this green bank, by this soft stream,
We set today a votive stone;
That memory may their deed redeem,
When like our sires, our sons are gone.
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have 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.”
“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”