Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes
Death PlaceConcord, Massachusetts, U.S.
FatherRev. William Emerson
SpouseEllen Louisa Tucker, Lydia Jackson
EducationHarvard Divinity School , Harvard University , Harvard College , Boston Latin School
There’s not one lover of literature who has never heard of Ralph Waldo Emerson, also called the Sage of Concord. This transcendentalist writer was elated when he moved to his new residence in Concord. What particularly caught his fancy was the pretty-looking orchard, so much so that he not only looked after to the pear trees growing there, but also enjoyed writing in the garden. Occasionally, Emerson would invite his friends over and would take great pleasure in receiving them in his beloved orchard. One day, he sent some pears from his garden to cattle show held in Concord, and soon he was paid a visit by board members of the horticulturalist society. Feeling overwhelming pride at those beautiful pears that he had grown, he let them in, only to discover that they weren’t there to praise him. Instead, they wished to investigate the soil that had caused such horrible specimens of the otherwise delicious fruit.
This agreeable man, who earned a lot of admirers and friends alike, began losing his memory as he grew old. Emerson took this forgetfulness in his stride and named it the “naughty memory”, every time it failed him. Eventually this philosopher started forgetting words that would have otherwise been a crucial part of his vocabulary, and names that he had once been in love with. At the funeral of his long-term friend, poet Henry Longfellow, the Sage of Concord observed, “That gentleman has a sweet, beautiful soul, but I have entirely forgotten his name.”