Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Standing on the bare ground,–my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space,–all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God.”

 Emerson’s Declaration of Spiritual Independence – Phil Goldberg article in the Huffington Post

Philip Goldberg on India’s influence on Emerson and Thoreau, an interview with Dr. Ravi Sarma.

“Spiritual Laws” – Essay written by Ralph Waldo Emerson, published in 1841, concerning transcendentalism.


Self Reliance:




Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self Reliance – Emerson


“A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.”

Emerson “Self Reliance”

Self-Reliance is an essay written by American transcendentalist philosopher and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson. It contains the most thorough statement of one of Emerson’s recurrent themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his or her own instincts and ideas. It is the source of one of Emerson’s most famous quotations: “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.”

Summary and analysis of the essay: Self Reliance