Sunday, September 4, 2011

Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of Nature"
Ralph Waldo Emerson

WHO: Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, poet, and philosopher born in 1803. He died at the age of 79.

This quote comes from the book Essays (Friendship). 

WHEN: Emerson wrote this in 1841. In January of the next year Emerson's first son Waldo died from scarlet fever. Emerson wrote of his grief in the poem Threnody (For this losing is true dying), and the essay Experience.

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