Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882)
American essayist, lecturer, 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 he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States. (Wikipedia)
From our stacks: Cover and excerpts from The Conduct of Life By Ralph Waldo Emerson. Author’s Edition. London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 1861.
Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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