Emerson doll
Ralph Waldo Emerson doll, photo courtesy of Uneek Doll Designs

The stately Emerson House in Concord honors the life and memory of Ralph Waldo Emerson, a spokesperson for the transcendentalism movement of the 19th century. The House opened to visitors in 1930 and remains owned by the Emerson family. Concord has a population of approximately 18,000 residents.

“Trust thyself” was Emerson’s motto, expressing belief in intuition as a guiding force. His Essays (1841) are where readers can find out more about his philosophy at www.emersoncentral.com/essays1.htm.

The following are some of Emerson’s quotations:

“A friend is a person before whom I may think aloud.”

“Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, Faith looks up.”

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”

“Every artist was first an amateur.”

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”

The Emerson House is the final stop on Massachusetts Author Adventures Trail Part 2.

Patricia Smart