Questions tagged [ralph-waldo-emerson]

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

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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 ...
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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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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 ...