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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who was one of the foremost exponents of the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-nineteenth century. His beliefs and his idealism were strong influences on the work of his protégé, Henry David Thoreau, and his contemporary, Walt Whitman, as well as numerous others.

"Hymn: Sung at the Completion of 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. The foe long...
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What makes a nation’s pillars high And its foundations strong? What makes it mighty to defy The foes that round it throng? It is not gold. Its kingdoms grand Go down in battle shock; Its shafts are laid on sinking sand, Not on abiding rock. Is it the...
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It is time to be old, To take in sail:— The god of bounds, Who sets to seas a shore, Came to me in his fatal rounds, And said: “No more! No farther spread Thy broad ambitious branches, and thy root. Fancy departs: no more invent, Contract...
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A nobler want of man is served by nature, namely, the love of Beauty. The ancient Greeks called the world {kosmos}, beauty. Such is the constitution of all things, or such the plastic power of the human...
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I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.—Jorge Luis Borges A man's library is a sort of harem. — Ralph Waldo Emerson We hope you will join us in The Imaginative Conservative community....