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The Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute is pleased to welcome a new intern to our staff, Tara Burton. Over the summer months, Tara will be contributing to our ongoing work on Emerson’s Journals, as well as on production of our upcoming DVD.


La Conducta De La Vida

Dos capítulos de

Ralph Waldo Emerson

La conducta de la vida

Edición, traducción y cronología de

Javier Alcoriza y Antonio Lastra


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Notice of Grant & Awards

Ralph Waldo Emerson

offering one grant and two awards


Emerson-Carlyle Correspondence

The Correspondence Of Thomas Carlyle And Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1834-1872,
Volume I
, and  Volume II are
letters are now available.  Thanks to everybody who has made a
contribution and who has made this new addition possible.


The Correspondence Of Thomas Carlyle And Ralph Waldo Emerson – 1834-1872 – Volume I

The Correspondence Of
Thomas Carlyle And Ralph Waldo Emerson

Volume I.

“To my friend I write a letter, and from him I receive a letter. It is a spiritual gift, worthy of him to give, and of me to receive.”–Emerson

“What the writer did actually mean, the thing he then thought of, the thing he then was.”–Carlyle

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The Correspondence Of Thomas Carlyle And Ralph Waldo Emerson – 1834-1872 – Volume II

The Correspondence Of
Thomas Carlyle And Ralph Waldo Emerson

Volume II

“To my friend I write a letter, and from him I receive a letter. It is a spiritual gift, worthy of him to give, and of me to receive.”–Emerson

“What the writer did actually mean, the thing he then thought of, the thing he then was.”–Carlyle

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Frequent Queries

This page is intended to be an aid to those who have queries about
Emerson and to give answers to Frequently Asked Questions or FAQs. It
is not meant to discourage direct queries to the advisors on the site,
just to give answers to questions we get all the time. Hope this helps.

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          June 27 (7:45pm)
Emerson and the East 
     a lecture by Barbara Solowey

Lecture with Mrs. Barbara Solowey
Monday June 27th 7:45pm -9:45pm
at the
Open Center,
83 Spring Street, 212-219-2527 to order


During his early teenage years, already a student at Harvard University, Emerson first began reading the great writings of

Indian philosophy: The Bhagavad Gita, The Laws of Manu, The Upanishads, The Vishnu Purana- amongst many others. Throughout his entire life he sought their company and was drawn to the knowledge of Unity. As he put it:

“In all nations there are minds which incline to dwell in the conception of the fundamental Unity. This tendency finds its highest expression in the religious writings of the East. Those writings contain little else than this idea, and they rise to pure and sublime strains in celebrating it.”

At the heart of Emerson’s Transcendental teachings is his own uniquely inspired and eloquent expression of these concepts. Join us to explore “Emerson and the Eastern Connection”. Find out why the Sage of Concord is called a Hindu Yankee

to order: 212-219-2527 Open Center, NYC


Emerson's Study

Ralph Waldo Emerson lived at “Bush,” as the family called the house, from 1835 until his death in 1882. highly recommeneds a visit to Emerson’s house

Hours: Mid-April thru October;  
Open Thurs-Sat 10am-4:30pm, Sun 2-4:30pm
Address: 28 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, Mass.
Transportation: Follow Cambridge Turnpike out of Concord center; just before Concord Museum; the house is on the right.
Phone: 978/369-2236
Prices: Guided tours only: $7 adults, $5 seniors and students.
Season: Closed November to mid-April
Special: Call to arrange group tours (10 people or more)


Ralph Waldo Emerson House
in Concord, MA
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Emerson Glossary

A Selected Emerson Glossary

The following terms are a few that Emerson used frequently in his work and which often have a unique, even specialized, connotation. Having a basic grasp of these words, as he used them, will enhance your understanding and appreciation for his work. [exerpted from Emerson’s work by Richard Geldard and contained in his book, The Spiritual Teachings of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Art — the soul’s action on the world; to educate the perception of beauty
Beauty — one expression for the universe
Behavior — my manner of life
Body — my office, where I work
Character — a reserved force which acts directly by presence; a latent power
Considerations — the positive centers of my actions
Civilization — the powers of a good woman
Culture — my widest sympathies and affinities
Dialectic — to Platonize; to drive through a subject to its essence
Ethics — the soul illustrated in daily life
Existence — the soul’s need for an organ in nature
Fate — the limitations of my inheritance and the natural world
Freedom — without any hindrance that does not arise out of my own constitution
Generalization — a new influx of divinity into the mind
History — the record of the works of the Universal Mind
Illusions — the games and masks of my self-deception
Instinct — revelations of the soul in the mind
Intellect — the organ which sees an object as it stands in the light of science (cool and disengaged)
Intuition — an insight into the perfection of the laws of the soul
Jesus (his purpose) — to redeem us from a formal religion; to teach us to seek our well-being in the formation of the soul
Literature — the soul’s record in the world; a platform whence we may command a view of our present life
Logic — the procession or proportionate unfolding of the intuition
Love of Truth — abstaining from dogmatism, recognizing the opposite negations between which the being is strung respect for the highest law of being
Man (human being) — a stupendous antagonism, a dragging together of the poles of the universe; a god in ruins
Manners — silent and mediate expressions of the soul
Nature — an endless combination of repetition of a very few laws
Obedience — the eye which reads the laws of the universe
Philosophy — the account which the human mind gives to itself of the constitution of the world
Politics — the activity of the soul illustrated in power
Power — my abilities and energies
Purpose of the World — to realize the transformation of genius into practical power
Religion — the emotion of reverence inspired by the soul
Repose — the opposite of truth; synonymous with ignorance
Science — the discovery of the soul’s methods
Soul — not an organ, but animates the organs; not a function but uses function; not a faculty but a light; not intellect or will but the master of the intellect and the will; related to the world
Teaching — he who gives, and he learns who receives; there is no teaching until the pupil is brought into the same state or principle in which you are; a transformation takes place; then is a teaching
Thinking — a pious reception
Trades — the learning of the soul in nature by labor
Transcendentalism — Intuitive thought; also Idealism; consciousness as the ground state of the universe
Virtue — the adherence in action to the nature of things; a perpetual substitution of being for seeming
Wealth — my gains and losses
Wisdom — to finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road; to live the greatest number of good hours
Worship — my belief

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