Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1909) PDF book

Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is a dairy of  Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803—1882) In his lifetime, Ralph Waldo Emerson became the most widely known man of letters in America, establishing himself as a prolific poet, essayist, popular lecturer, and an advocate of social reforms who was nevertheless suspicious of reform and reformers.

Ralph Waldo Emerson was a writer, thinker and philosopher who became the leading proponent of Transcendentalism


I. 1820-1824.--II. 1824-1832.--III. 1833-1835.--IV. 1836-1838.--V. 1838-1841.--VI. 1841-1844.--VII. 1845-1848.--VIII. 1849-1855.--IX. 1856-1863.--X. 1864-1876

Edited by Edward Waldo Emerson And Waldo Emerson Forbes


a proud silence; a rich consolation would shine in all eyes. But now, let our tears flow for the vanity of man, for the poor issues of a God's charity.

Farewell, dear girl. I have a very narrow acquaintance, and of it, you have been a large part. We anchor upon a few, and you have had the character and dignity that promised everything to the esteem and affection of years. Think kindly of me, — I know you will, — but per- chance the disembodied can do much more, can elevate the sinking spirit and purify and urge it too generous purposes. Teach me to make trifles, trifles, and work with consistency and in earnest to my true ends. The only sister I ever had, pass on, pure soul! to the opening heaven.

I insert here that there seems to be a fine moral in the passage of the ancient historian who says the Lacedemonians were in the habit of rising up very early to pray, that so they might be beforehand of their enemies and preoccupy the ear of the gods.

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