Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view. It is the spirit of God pronouncing his works good.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Spirit of God
Topic: Family & Friendship
Prayer that craves a particular commodity, anything less than all good, is vicious. Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view. It is the soliloquy of a beholding and jubilant soul. It is the spirit of God pronouncing his works good.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Emerson studied at Harvard and then became a Unitarian minister, before a crisis of faith led him to pursue a career in writing and public speaking. He is best known for his essays like "Nature" (1836) and "Self-Reliance" (1841), which proposed a deeply personal, intuitive approach to spirituality and morality, emphasizing individualism and the primacy of the individual's relationship with the natural world.
Throughout his career, Emerson’s ideas had a profound impact on American thought and literature. His works expressed a belief in the spiritual potential of every person, and his call for intellectual independence and nonconformity resonated with contemporaries and future generations alike. His lectures across the country brought him recognition as one of America's foremost public intellectuals. His influence can be seen in the work of other celebrated American writers, including Henry David Thoreau and Walt Whitman, who were directly inspired by his vision of individual freedom and self-reliance. Emerson passed away in 1882, but his writings continue to inspire and influence philosophical and literary thought to this day.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo. "Prayers." In Essays: Second Series, 1844.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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