A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
|Born||May 25, 1803|
Ralph Waldo Emerson was an 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. He expressed the philosophy of Transcendentalism in his 1836 essay, 'Nature', and he gave a speech entitled 'The American Scholar' in 1837, which was considered to be America's 'Intellectual Declaration of Independence'.