Quote of the Day 012523 Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (b. 5/25/1803 – d. 4/27/1882,) who went by his middle name Waldo, was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and his ideology was disseminated through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.

Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of transcendentalism in his 1836 essay “Nature”. Following this work, he gave a speech entitled “The American Scholar” in 1837, which Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. considered to be America’s “intellectual Declaration of Independence.” – wikipedia

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  1. Carol anne says:

    He has some very good quotes! I do like his work!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank goodness the US had someone like him to help guide us along the way.

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  2. Love him! The transcendental poets are all cool!

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  3. memadtwo says:

    Excellent and true quote. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      He was an enlightened individual for sure.

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  4. Sadje says:

    An original thought.

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  5. Good quote. To stay true to yourself can require a lot of strength. It’s much easier to follow the herd!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Emerson was a sharp cookie. He is one I would have loved to meet. Another one for the Time Machine Bucket List 🙂

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  6. Badfinger (Max) says:

    I like his quotes a lot. That one is a great quote. The one I know the best is “Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist.”

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I think I know why you like that quote. It describes you in the best of ways. I picked up the 2nd half of S1 of ST tonight. Heading off to watch it right now. Have a wonderful night, my friend.

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      1. Badfinger (Max) says:

        Thank you! Have a good night Lisa!!!!!

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        1. msjadeli says:

          You’re most welcome.

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  7. Marleen says:

    I like the one you selected, and another “fun one” (in the recording you shared) — about intelligent people (especially children). Actually, I like a lot of them.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      I watched part of a lecture series on Emerson not long ago that I want to borrow again from the library and finish. He’s an amazing individual. Glad you like the quotes, Marleen.

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  8. Dale says:

    I do love this quote. I have a book or two in my library that I really need to dust off!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Happy that you do, Dale!

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