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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."
  influential U.S. writer and leading exponent of transcendentalism (emphasizing each person’s ability to transcend the material world) (1803-1882)
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Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. described Ralph Waldo Emerson’s speech, The American Scholar, as America’s "Intellectual Declaration of Independence".  Click on the related link if you would like to read the lengthy speech.
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Speech: The American Scholar
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson famously said, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."
  • He suggested I look into Ralph Waldo Emerson, a supposedly famous old poet.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • He droned on insultingly, invoking Lincoln, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Dale Carnegie, Spinoza, Thomas Edison, Sigmund Freud.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Glancing over at him, across the aisle, I wondered throughout our listless class discussion of Ralph Waldo Emerson how he’d managed to black his eye after I’d left him the previous night to go home and walk Popper —Xandra left him tied up outside so much that I was starting to feel responsible for him.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch

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  • After we read Ralph Waldo Emerson in class, I wrote "My Philosophy of Life," which I intended for the start of a book but could get only three pages out of it.
    Sue Monk Kidd  --  The Secret Life of Bees
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson was a Unitarian minister for a spell, while Gerard Manley Hopkins was a Catholic priest.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • He found the stricken rider distracting himself from his pain by firing off aphorisms from Ralph Waldo Emerson—"Old Waldo"—at the nurses.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • LIFE OF EMERSON Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, May 25, 1803.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • A stream of visitors continued through the seasons and among them was young Ralph Waldo Emerson, who a few years earlier had graduated from Harvard as class poet.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams

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  • History of Fashion SENIOR THESIS BY ELIZABETH NICHOLS —Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882), U.S. essayist, poet, and philosopher It takes five rings before Shari answers.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • I quickly discovered that Ralph Waldo Emerson had indeed written lots of letters that had been published.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • It was The Selected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • That radical individualism is politically charged in Lawrence, just as it is in Walt Whitman (whom he admired greatly) and Ralph Waldo Emerson in their very different ways.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson (18031882), U.S. essayist, poet, and philosopher Okay.
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • For about three minutes I got really excited, like I was close to a breakthrough, and then two things became apparent: first, that Ralph Waldo Emerson had lived and died in the 1800s and therefore could not have written any letters dated September third, 1940, and, second, that his writing was so dense and arcane that it couldn’t possibly have held the slightest interest for my grandfather, who wasn’t exactly an avid reader.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • In addition to Keats and the Brontes, Robert Louis Stevenson, Katherine Mansfield, Lawrence, Frederic Chopin, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Franz Kafka, and Percy Bysshe Shelley form a fair beginning toward a Who’s Who of artistic consumptives.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
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