Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose original profession and calling was as a Unitarian minister, left the ministry to pursue a career in writing and public speaking. Emerson became one of America's best known and best-loved 19th-century figures.

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Discussion on Emerson

From these pages, open discussions are given on Emerson, his work, his life, and how you can improve yours from this beloved author and poet.

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Text & Quotes of Emerson

Learn from one of the greatest writers and poets in American history. His most famous work, Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance can truly change your life for the better.

Other famous works are The American Scholar summary, The Lord's Supper, Nature, St. Augustine Confessions, Harvard Divinity School Address, and his collection of poems.

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Lectures / Biographies

This section includes the lectures given by Emerson and also includes various biographies on his life and those close to Emerson. Sovereignty of Ethics and Mary Moody Emerson are included.

Early Emerson Poems

This section covers poems written early in Emerson’s career which some are not widely known. Fifty poems are available, including The Rhodora.

Uncollected Prose

This is a collection of writings, addresses, essays, and reviews by Emerson. Included are his famous works, The Last Supper.


The section does not cover the history and life of Emerson and his writings, but rather his work entitled “History.”


People Influenced By Emerson


Henry David Thoreau

He was an American essayist, a poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian. He was born July 12, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts, and given the name David Henry, but would later change it to Henry David as he felt it sounded more like a writer. He died May 6, 1862, also in Concord, Massachusetts. He was 45 years old at the time of his death.

His well-known essays were Civil Disobedience and Life Without Principle. He was educated at the Concord Academy and Harvard University.

Quotes associated with Thoreau:
"If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined."
"Our life is frittered away by detail...simplify, simplify."


Margaret Fuller

She was a women's rights advocate associated with the American transcendentalism movement which RWE was also a part of. Her given name was Sarah Margaret Fuller Ossoli. She was also an American journalist. She was born May 23, 1810, in Cambridgeport, Cambridge, Massachusetts. She died July 19, 1850, at Fire Island, New York.

Quotes associated with Fuller:
"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader."
"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles in it."
"Very early, I know that the only object in life was to grow."

This site is dedicated to the memory of my late father, Emerson West, who was named after Ralph Waldo Emerson. The man I am today reflects the influence of my father and the life teachings of Emerson.