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Ralph Waldo Emerson Ecard
"Self-truth is the
essence of heroism."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Photographic Print
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Photographic Print

Ralph Waldo Emerson
b. 5-25-1803; Boston, Massachusetts
d. 4-27-1882; Concord

Philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson was hailed as an essayist, lecturer, and poet who expressed his views in lyrical prose. His vigorous and passionate essays inspired a cultural movement that came to be known as Transcendentalism. Emerson's combination of mysticism and intellectual rigor exerted a profound influence on other American authors, including Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson 1940 3 Cent Stamp and 22kt Gold Replica of the Stamp
Ralph Waldo Emerson American Authors Bio Timeline Poster

Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of the most influential literary figures of the 19th century. He was the center of the American transcendental movement, widely known for challenging traditional thought. Emerson was also a tireless crusader for peace and social justice, and supporter of educational reform.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Photographic Print
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Photographic Print

Ralph Waldo Emerson Poster
Ralph Waldo Emerson Poster

Ralph Waldo Emerson Art Print
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Art Print

Drawing of American Essayist and Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, Photographic Print
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Photographic Print

Home of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Concord, MA Art Print
Home of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Concord, MA
Art Print
Grave of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Concord, Massachusetts, Art Print
Grave of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Concord, MA
Art Print
Home of
Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Concord, MA
Last Resting Place
of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, MA

Success - Laugh Often Motivational Art Print
Success - Laugh Often
Motivational Art Print

To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends, to appreciated beauty, to find the best in others, to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Science Does Not Know Its Debt to Imagination, Print
Science - Imagination,

“Science does not know its debt to imagination.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pterosaurs, flying, prehistoric reptiles, were not dinosaurs, though closely related to them. Pronounced “TER-o-SAWRS”, Pterosaurs is Greek for “winged lizard”.

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Be of Good Cheer Poster
Be of Good Cheer Poster

Be of Good Cheer, brave spirit; steadfastly serve that low whisper thou hast served; for know, God hath a select family of sons now scattered wide thro' earth and each alone, who are thy spiritual kindred, and each one by constant service to that inward law, is weaving the sublime proportions of a true monarch's soul. Beauty and strength the riches of a spotless memory, the eloquence of truth, the wisdom got by searching of a clear and loving eye that seeth as God seeth. These are their gifts; and time who keeps God's word brings on the day to seal the marriage of these minds with thine, thine everlasting lovers. Ye shall be the salt of all the elements, world of the world.

Best Friends Art Print
Best Friends
Art Print

“A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of Nature.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Emerson Quote Art Print

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”

Persistence Poster
Persistence Poster


“Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

Beach Fence Art Print with Emerson Quote
Beach Fence
Art Print

“Live in the sunshine, Swing in the sea. Drink the wild air ...”

Obey the Nobler Instinct, Poster
Obey the Nobler Instinct, Poster
When It's Dark Enough You Can See the Stars, Art Print
When It's Dark Enough You Can See the Stars,
Art Print

Ralph Waldo Emerson 1940 3 Cent Stamp and 22kt Gold Replica of the Stamp
Ralph Waldo Emerson 1940 3 Cent Stamp and 22kt Gold Replica of the Stamp

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• “Finish each 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 and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.”
• “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”
• “The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
• “Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail...”
• “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.” First Lines of Concord Hymn, 1836
• “The earth laughs in flowers.”
• “Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.”
• “Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds....."


The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson - The definitive collection of Emerson's major speeches, essays, and poetry, The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson chronicles the life's work of a true “American Scholar.”
As one of the architects of the transcendentalist movement, Emerson embraced a philosophy that championed the individual, emphasized independent thought, and prized “the splendid labyrinth of one's own perceptions.” More than any writer of his time, he forged a style distinct from his European predecessors and embodied and defined what it meant to be an American. Matthew Arnold called Emerson's essays “the most important work done in prose.” (from the inside flap)

Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson- “Standing on the bare ground--my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space--all mean egotism vanishes,” Emerson wrote in Nature, his statement of the principles of transcendentalism. “I become a transparent eyeball.” Nature, published in 1836 when Emerson was thirty-three, is collected here with his book of observations on the English people; a famous sermon against administering communion in church; a sketch of his step-grandfather; the eulogy he delivered at the funeral of his Concord friend and neighbor Henry David Thoreau; twenty-three poems; and addresses, lectures, and essays on such subjects as slavery, self-reliance, and organized Christianity's obsession with the person of Jesus. Emerson called transcendentalism another word for idealism--“a hypothesis to account for nature by other principles than those of carpentry and chemistry.” Considered intensely radical at a time when materialism and a rigid form of Christianity were ascendant, he urged Americans to “enjoy an original relation to the universe.” These selections span Emerson's career as author and traveling lecturer, and chart his evolving thought:  the concepts of the “oversoul”, individualism without egotism, and antimaterialism; a belief in intuition, independence, and “the splendid labyrinth of one's own perceptions.” (inside flap)

Nietzsche & Emerson: An Elective Affinity - Author George J. Stack traces the sources of ideas and theories that have long been considered the exclusive province of Friedrich Nietzsche to the surprisingly radical writings of the American essayist and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Ralph Waldo Emerson by Oliver Wendell Holmes.- In this biography, written by American physician, poet, and humorist Oliver Wendell Holmes, Emerson’s life is traced from his family genealogy through his childhood, his years in school, his ordination and early writings, to his years as a preeminent thinker, lecturer, poet, and writer. The book, originally published in 1885, even offers a look at the “future of his reputation” from the late 19th century point of view.

Mary Moody Emerson and the Origins of Transcendentalism: A Family History- Mary Moody Emerson has long been a New England legend, the "eccentric Calvinist aunt" of Ralph Waldo Emerson, wearing a death-shroud as her daily garment. This exciting new study, based on the first reading of all her known letters and diaries, reveals a complex human voice and powerful forerunner of American Transcendentalism. From the years of her famous nephew's infancy, in both private and published writings, she celebrated independence, solitude in nature, and inward communion with God. Mary Moody Emerson inherited both resources and constraints from her family, a lineage of Massachusetts ministers who had earlier practiced spiritual awakening and political resistance against England. Cole discovers a previously unexamined Emerson tradition of fervent piety in the ancestors' own writing and Mary's preservation of their memory. She also examines the position of a woman in this patriarchal family. Barred from the pulpit and university by her sex, she also refused marriage to become a reader, writer, and religious seeker. Cole's biography explores this reading and writing as both a woman's vocation and a gift to Ralph Waldo Emerson. Helping to raise her nephews after their father's death, Mary Moody Emerson urged Waldo the college student to seek solitude in nature and become a divine poet. Cole's pioneering study, tracing crucial lines of influence from Mary Emerson's heretofore unknown texts to her nephew's major works, establishes a fresh and vital source for a central American literary tradition.


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