“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Who Was Ralph Waldo Emerson and why is this school named after him?
Ralph Waldo Emerson was a poet, an essayist and lecturer who lived from 1803 to 1882. If he were living today he would be over 200 years old. He lived through the purchase of Louisiana (1804), the civil war (1861-1865) and the purchase of Alaska (1867). (find out more things that happened in the 1800’s here.)
“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is a lecturer? Well, a lecturer is a person who talks in front of a large group of people. Your teacher is a lecturer when he or she is presenting a lesson to you.
What is an essayist? Good question! An essayist is a person who writes a short piece on a certain subject. For example here is a really short essay on ants:
“Ants are small insects. They vary in color according to species. They are very active and strong for their size. They have a highly developed social organization. They are very industrious. They work ceaselessly.”
Ceaselessly means not stopping.
Industrious means diligent and hardworking.
So Emerson talked in front of people, wrote poetry and wrote essays, all of which were so interesting and good that we still read his work today!
Find out more about Ralph Waldo Emerson here.
And now here is a poem by Emerson:
By Ralph Waldo Emerson
To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.