Who Am I?

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I am today best known for the speeches “Nature” and  “The American Scholar.” I attended Harvard College when I was 14 years old. Later I became an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist and poet. I was born May 25, 1803 and died on April 27, 1882. This man was seen as a champion of individualism. His quotes live on today.

He said: “One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. He only is right who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded by worry, fret and anxiety. Finish every day, and be done with it. You have done what you could.”

Who Am I?

Ralph Waite, Ralph Lauren or Ralph Waldo Emerson

Homeschoolers: Sketch/color an illustration and write your observations of this historical figure.


About Martha Quinn

Book author, licensed teacher, master's degree (Reading K-12, Social Studies 7-12). Former homeschooler. Happily married Christian with two terrific children. Loves animals, swimming, music, fishing, gardening, cooking, traveling, exciting movies, good books, and the great outdoors.

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