|American Minute with Bill Federer‘America…appears like a last effort of divine Providence in behalf of the human race.’
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poet Henry David Thoreau wrote in Civil Disobedience, 1849:”That government is best which governs least.”A contemporary poet was Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote similarly:
“The less government we have, the better.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson continued:
“The fewer laws…the less confided power.
The antidote to this abuse of formal Government, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson was born MAY 25, 1803.
He was friends with the famous writers Nathaniel Hawthorne
Louisa May Alcott.
Ralph Waldo Emerson composed some of the best loved poems in American literature, including The Concord Hymn, of which a stanza is inscribed on the base of Daniel Chester French’s Minute Man Statue:
“By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Ralph Waldo Emerson commented on John Quincy Adams:
“No man could read the Bible with such powerful effect, even with the cracked and winded voice of old age.”
In 1848, Ralph Waldo Emerson visited Paris between the February Revolution and the bloody June Days.
When he saw that mobs had cut down trees near the Champ de Mars to form barricades across downtown city streets, he wrote in his journal:
“At the end of the year we shall…see if the Revolution was worth the trees.”
When abolitionist publisher Elijah Lovejoy was murdered in 1838 and his printing press destroyed, Emerson said:
“It is but the other day that the brave Lovejoy gave his breast to the bullets of a mob, for the rights of free speech and opinion.”
“I think we must get rid of slavery, or we must get rid of freedom.”
Abolitionist Senator Charles Sumner took Emerson to the White House to meet Abraham Lincoln.
“The South calls slavery an institution… I call it destitution… Emancipation is the demand of civilization.”
In 1865, Ralph Waldo Emerson remarked at a memorial service for Abraham Lincoln:
“I doubt if any death has caused so much pain as this has caused.”
On September 12, 2001, the day after fundamentalist Muslims committed terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Congressman J.C. Watts, Jr., quoted Emerson:
“Politics has taken the day off.
Today Congress remembers and recognizes the afflicted and the sorrowing and those who come to the aid of their fellow man.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, in 1842, captured what we are thinking as a nation today:
In May-Day and Other Pieces (1867), Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote:
Boston Hymn, st. 2-
Ode, st. 5 –
In The Conduct of Life (1860), Emerson wrote:
Fate-“Men are what their mothers made them.”
Regarding civilization, Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote:
“The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of the cities, nor the crops – no, but the kind of man the country turns out.”
In Social Aims, Emerson wrote:
“Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy.”
In The American Scholar (1837), Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote:
“In how many churches, by how many prophets, tell me, is man made sensible that he is an infinite Soul; that the earth and heavens are passing into his mind; that he is drinking forever the soul of God?”
Ralph Waldo Emerson stated:
“All I have seen has taught me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote:
“America is another name for opportunity.
Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine Providence in behalf of the human race.”
For God’s Glory Alone Ministries thanks Bill Federer and www.AmericanMinute.com