Skip Nav

Thoreau, Emerson, and Transcendentalism

Recent Forum Posts on Ralph Waldo Emerson

❶The Sovereignty of Ethics. There is education, process, morality, Christianity, and power.

Choose a video to embed

Send Report
Quick Links -

His best-known addresses are The American Scholar and The Divinity School Address , which he delivered before the graduates of the Harvard Divinity School, shocking Boston's conservative clergymen with his descriptions of the divinity of man and the humanity of Jesus.

A believer in the "divine sufficiency of the individual," Emerson was a steady optimist. In spite of their skepticism, Emerson's beliefs are of central importance in the history of American culture. First Series Essays: Bulkeley, Hunt, Willard, Hosmer, Meriam, Flint, Possessed the land which rendered to their toil Hay, corn, roots, hemp, flax, apples, wool and wood.

Each of these landlords walked amidst his farm, Saying, "'Tis mine, my children's and my name's. How sweet the west wind sounds in my own. Every day brings a ship, Every ship brings a word; Well for those who have no fear, Looking seaward well assured That the word the vessel brings Is the word they wish to hear.

Texts by this Poet: Ralph Waldo Emerson died of pneumonia on April 27, Selected Bibliography Prose Essays: Academy of American Poets Educator Newsletter. Leave this field blank. Create new account Request new password. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.

There is creative reading as well as creative writing. All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients. The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions. The Gods we worship write their names on our faces; be sure of that. And a man will worship something That which dominates will determine his life and character. Therefore it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming.

The virtue of books is to be readable. Good writing is a kind of skating which carries off the performer where he would not go. On the other side, the conservative party, composed of the most moderate, able, and cultivated part of the population, is timid, and merely defensive of property. It vindicates no right, it aspires to no real good, it brands no crime, it proposes no generous policy, it does not build, nor write, nor cherish the arts, nor foster religion, nor establish schools, nor encourage science, nor emancipate the slave, nor befriend the poor, or the Indian, or the immigrant.

Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book. Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding. If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.

People do not deserve to have good writing, they are so pleased with bad. I shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me. I would write on the lintels of the door-post, Whim.

I hope that it is somewhat better than whim at last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation. But there is no end to the praise of books, to the value of the library. Who shall estimate their influence on our population where all the millions read and write? It is the joy of nations that man can communicate all his thoughts, discoveries and virtues to records that may last for centuries.

The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land. He that writes to himself writes to an eternal public. Every sentence spoken by Napoleon, and every line of his writing, deserves reading, as it is the sense of France. In good writing, words become one with things. The good writer seems to be writing about himself, but has his eye always on that thread of the Universe which runs through himself and all things.

It is a fact often observed, that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion, who cannot write well under other circumstances. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday. The way to write is to throw your body at the mark when your arrows are spent.

To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society. I am not solitary whilst I read and write, though nobody is with me. But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars.

Navigation menu

Main Topics

Privacy Policy

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, – April 27, After his wife's death, he began to disagree with the church's methods, writing in his journal in June , "I have sometimes thought that, in order to be a good minister, it was necessary to leave the ministry. The profession is antiquated.

Privacy FAQs

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American Transcendentalist poet, philosopher and essayist during the 19th century. One of his best-known essays is "Self-Reliance.” Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on Born: May 25,

About Our Ads

Discover Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes about writing. Share with friends. Create amazing picture quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson quotations. Ralph Waldo Emerson - Poet - American poet, essayist, and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in in Boston.

Cookie Info

Ralph Waldo Emerson. Biography of Ralph Waldo Emerson and a searchable collection of works. I found this in an article online, and I want to use it for an essay I'm writing. Could somebody help me find the original location of this quote, so that I can cite it properly? Posted By thinh in Emerson, Ralph Waldo || 2 Replies. Ralph Waldo Emerson () Contributing Editor: Jean Ferguson Carr Classroom Issues and Strategies. Given the difficulty students often have with Emerson's style and allusions, it seems very important to address Emerson not as the proponent of a unified philosophy or movement (e.g., Transcendentalism or Romanticism), but as a writer concerned with his audience and his peers, and.