Sunrise

We Don’t Need a Candle to See the Sun Rise In October 1832, several years before he gained fame as a writer and lecturer, Ralph Waldo Emerson jotted down something…

God and Atheists

In his eulogy for Henry Thoreau in May 1862, Emerson quotes his friend as saying: “Nothing is so much to be feared as fear.  Atheism may comparatively be popular with…

Self-reliance

Self-reliance and the sacred/secular life In his still-reliable and still-relevant essay from 1839, “Self-Reliance,” Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) preaches the gospel of genius in each individual. “To believe your own…