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If we could retain our early innocence we might trust our feet uncommanded to take the right path to our friend in the woods. Ralph Waldo Emerson Nature The weather in Concord, Massachusetts was freezing. Snow flittered to the ground. It didn’t matter. It was my birthday. My present to myself was...
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“Write as it is given to you, and not till it be given to you, and never mind a whit.”  Thomas Carlyle, in a letter to Ralph Waldo Emerson.   The cast iron gates, pearl-finished by flurries, were flung wide. Behind me on Bedford Street, tires grumbled through the slush. I took one step...
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1) Less than two years after their marriage, his first wife Ellen died from consumption. 2) He coined the phrase 'the shot heard round the world' in the Concord Hymn, written for the 1837 dedication of a monument to the Minutemen. 3) His 1838 address to the graduating class of Harvard's...
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The Rhodora On being asked, whence is the flower. In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes,I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods,Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook,To please the desert and the sluggish brook.The purple petals fallen in the poolMade the black water with their...
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“All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.” 
―Ralph Waldo Emerson Hmmm.  What do I write? I have nothing to write.  Everything has already been said.  Every story has been told.  Every new character has been created.  There is not a romance or a mystery that hasn't...
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Silent rushes the swift LordThrough ruined systems still restored,Broad-sowing, bleak and void to bless,Plants with worlds the wilderness,Waters with tears of ancient sorrowApples of Eden ripe to-morrow;House and tenant go to ground,Lost in God, in Godhead found. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Each man has his own vocation. The talent is the call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him. He has faculties silently inviting him thither to endless exertion. He is like a ship in a river; he runs against obstructions on every side but one; on that side all obstruction is...
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Ralph Waldom Emerson gave his address to the Harvard Divinity School on this date in 1838. He wasn't invited back for thirty years. " I look for the new Teacher, that shall follow so far those shining laws, that he shall see them come full circle; shall see their rounding complete grace;...
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Do not set the least value on what I do, or the least discredit on what I do not, as if I pretended to settle any thing as true or false. I unsettle all things. No facts are to me sacred; none are profane; I simply experiment, an endless seeker with no Past at my back.     ...
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Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance