“Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom, which flows through your life. Then, without effort, you are impelled to truth and to perfect contentment.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
What? You’ve never seen a blue turkey in a straw hat, playing the fiddle?
Rummaging through the archives again. I imagine people sometimes wonder what kind of drugs I do. Just coffee, I promise!
Ralph Waldo Emerson
(born May 25, 1803, Boston, Mass., U.S.died April 27, 1882, Concord)
U.S. poet, essayist, and lecturer. Emerson graduated from Harvard
University and was ordained a Unitarian minister in 1829. His
questioning of traditional doctrine led him to resign the ministry three
years later. He formulated his philosophy in Nature (1836); the book helped initiate New England Transcendentalism,
a movement of which he soon became the leading exponent. In 1834 he
moved to Concord, Mass., the home of his friend Henry David Thoreau.
His lectures on the proper role of the scholar and the waning of the
Christian tradition caused considerable controversy. In 1840, with Margaret Fuller, he helped launch The Dial, a journal that provided an outlet for Transcendentalist ideas. He became internationally famous with his Essays (1841, 1844), including Self-Reliance. Representative Men (1850) consists of biographies of historical figures. The Conduct of Life (1860), his most mature work, reveals a developed humanism and a full awareness of human limitations. His Poems (1847) and May-Day(1867) established his reputation as a major poet.