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Happy Birthday, Ralph Waldo Emerson!

Happy birthday to Ralph Waldo Emerson (25 May, 1803 – 27 April, 1882)!

"Explore, and explore, and explore. Be neither chided nor flattered out of your position of perpetual inquiry. Neither dogmatise yourself, nor accept another's dogmatism. Why should you renounce your right to traverse the star-lit deserts of truth, for the premature comforts of an acre, house, and barn? Truth also has its roof, and bed, and board. Make yourself necessary to the world, and mankind will give you bread, and if not store of it, yet such as shall not take away your property in all men's possessions, in all men's affections, in art, in nature, and in hope."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Literary Ethics" (1838)


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lizziebelle
May. 26th, 2015 01:37 am (UTC)
If you ever come to the Boston area, I'll have to take you to his grave. He's buried in Concord, near the Thoreaus, Alcotts, and Hawthornes.
eldritchhobbit
May. 30th, 2015 12:42 am (UTC)
Oh, I would love that! Thank you!
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