“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Emerson, born on this date in 1803, was the first American to advocate for Americans to develop a writing style of their own; to create “American” writing and not just copy that of their forebears from other parts of the world.
One of the first writers to keep journals, influencing his great friend Henry David Thoreau to do the same, Emerson’s journals and notes ultimately were published in 16 volumes by Harvard University Press and are considered to be his key literary works – even though that was not his intent. “I just wanted to maintain a record of the things that were important to my life,” he wrote. As it turned out, they are things that have influenced generations of writers both in their content and the practice of journaling itself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A teacher as well as writer and scholar, he was a staunch supporter of education for girls and women and helped found a Massachusetts school for girls. And, from the mid-1840s on, he was a national leader of the abolitionist movement. Known for his kindness and support of others, he said simply, “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”