Casey's Review


“Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.”- Wayne Dyer

"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do." ~ Helen Keller
“Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward.- unknown
"We gather strength from sadness and from pain Each time we die we learn to live again." ~ unknown

“Anyone can give up, it's the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that's true strength."- unknown

"Always do what you're afraid to do.."

Ralph Waldo Emerson: 1803-1882
Biography written by: Casey Cornett
Primary Source, Divinity College senior class speech
Ralph Waldo Emerson was born on May 25, 1803 in the New England town of Boston, Massachusetts. His father was a strict Unitarian minister who came from a long line of ministers. He experienced many premature deaths when he was young that included all three of his brothers, his father, first wife, and oldest son at only five years old. Mary Moody Emerson was a death obsessed puritanical and had a great influence on Ralph. He studied classics at Boston Latin School and then Enrolled in Harvard to graduate. His first publication “Thoughts on the Religion of the Middle Ages” was in the Christian Disciple, a Christian magazine. Ralph followed his ancestor’s footsteps and became an ordained minister in the second church at Boston and shortly after married Ellen Louisa Tucker. A few short years later at the young age of 20 she died of tuberculosis which caused a wave of religious questioning and doubt that led to him resigning from the church. After traveling Europe, Ralph returned home and had four children with Lydia Jackson and settled in Concord. For five years Ralph lectured, wrote, read, and was a great family man. After the death of his first son it put a strain on his writing but eventually put himself together and began a magazine called The Dial. After the production of his magazine he continued on editing but also began many lectures on great men, “We travel into foreign parts to find his works,- if possible, to get a glimpse of him. But we are put off with fortune instead.” said Emerson in one of his works, “The Use of Great Men” He had also spoke out against annexation of Texas and slavery. Ralph is known as an inspiration for many writers including Henry Thoreau and Walt Whitman and was one of the greatest American Transcendentalist, poet, philosopher, lecturer, and essayist of his time. Official Biography

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