The most thorough statement of one of Emerson's recurrent themes, the need for each individual to avoid conformity and false consistency, and follow his or her own instincts and ideas. It is the source of one of Emerson's most famous quotations, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." This essay is considered a watershed moment in which transcendentalism became a major cultural movement. An American classic.
Public Domain (P)2012 Trout Lake Media
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By Reginald pelle on 04-10-15


Full of inspiring, ever-lasting words of wisdom, to give you nurturing and extra motivation. Worth reading!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robin Hood on 19-02-18

A must read.

This book is very inspirational and insightful from the first page to the last. A must read for everyone.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Leah Twitchell on 31-07-16

Don't buy this

Audible should remove this narration. The performance is terrible, as if the narrator doesn't understand the meaning of words. Makes it almost impossible to understand the sentences. The most terrible cadence I've ever heard.

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3 out of 5 stars
By ToddGreer on 11-12-12

RWE is great, but the narration is lacking

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Emerson is certainly one of the great thinkers of the American experience, however the narration of this text makes it quite challenging to get at the heart of Emerson's point. The narrator seems to lack the feeling and flow that would have really brought Emerson's words alive from the page to the listener's ear.

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