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Essay on Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson


The Essay on Compensation by Ralph Waldo Emerson was referred to and quoted frequently by Napoleon Hill in his various writings.

I saw Colin Gilmartin reading it when I was in Ireland for the Napoleon Hill Leader Certification training.

Colin spoke to me about it, I ordered a copy, and just finished reading it.

I ended up hilighting a lot of the essay because I found many points very profound.

I did have quite a difficult time with the language and had to read it much slower than I usually do so I understood it properly.

About Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 25, 1803. He was a Harvard-educated writer and a central member of the Transcendentalist cultural movement, which emphasized individual spiritual potential and humankind’s unity with nature. His essays and poems are major documents in 19th-century American literature and thought. He died in Concord, Massachusetts, on April 27, 1882.

Emerson married Ellen Tucker in 1829. When she died of tuberculosis in 1831, he was grief-stricken. Her death, added to his own recent crisis of faith, caused him to resign from the clergy.

Emerson became known as the central figure of his literary and philosophical group, now known as the American Transcendentalists. These writers shared a key belief that each individual could transcend, or move beyond, the physical world of the senses into deeper spiritual experience through free will and intuition. In this school of thought, God was not remote and unknowable; believers understood God and themselves by looking into their own souls and by feeling their own connection to nature.

Ralph Waldo Emerson died on April 27, 1882, in Concord. His beliefs and his idealism were strong influences on the work of his protégé Henry David Thoreau and his contemporary Walt Whitman, as well as numerous others. His writings are considered major documents of 19th-century American literature, religion and thought.

I highly recommend you read the Essay on Compensation. The wisdom in it is timeless.

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