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Questions about the American essayist, lecturer, philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) and his works.

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What are 'The cobweb clues of Rosamond'?

I came across a rather good poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson today. It's called simply 'April'. It's just a bit too long to post in full here, but here's a link. I was a bit confused by these lines: The ...
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Why did Emerson choose 'hobgoblin' in his quote 'A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds'?

Ralph Waldo Emerson said: A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. I understand the quote. But Wikipedia doesn't explain the origin of the following signification? It differs from the ...
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"Tradition is meant to be broken" - who said it, Emerson or Thoreau?

I seem to recall a quote from either Ralph Waldo Emerson or Henry David Thoreau that was something like "Tradition is meant to be broken." Which of them said it?
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Looking for location of a quote, "Nothing can work damage to me except myself", attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson

In what piece of work by Ralph Waldo Emerson can one find the following quote? Nothing can work damage to me except myself; the damage that I sustain I carry about with me and never am a real ...
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From which book or essay are these words by Ralph Waldo Emerson? "Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year..."

A funeral director proposed the following reading for a service. This poem by Emerson: Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns ...