Yesterday was Ralph Waldo Emerson's birthday. Tomorrow is Rachel Carson's. Great writers and thinkers ought to be remembered along with their words.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson, along with Thoreau, Margaret Fuller and others made up the Transcendentalists. A description of Transcendentalism in the words of Ralph Waldo, "We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds...A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men."
More quotes from Emerson:
Commerce is of trivial import; love, faith, truth of character, the aspiration of man, these are sacred.
Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
Good men must not obey the laws too well.
As we grow old…the beauty steals inward.
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Rachel Carson is sometimes called the Mother of the Modern Environmental movement, she published Silent Spring in 1962, alerting folk to the dangers of pesticides. She had an excellent way of writing about detailed and complex scientific issues in beautifully poetic language.
The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.
To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great salt marsh, to watch the flight of shore birds that have swept up and down the surf lines of the continents for untold thousands of year, to see the running of the old eels and the young shad to the sea, is to have knowledge of things that are as nearly eternal as any earthly life can be.
Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life.
Happy Birthday Rachel and Ralph, the world is richer for their work and your works.