Category Archives: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson’s Wisdom


A visit to Ralph Waldo Emerson’s home is featured in my latest book called Boston and Beyond: Tyre & Phoenix.  In the chapter entitled Concord, Phoenix takes a tour of his home during her visit to Boston with her husband.

This led me to pick up the essay called Compensation by Emerson and his wisdom just started spewing out and I could not capture it all.  He reminded me that there are laws in operation and things have a way of taking care of themselves.  Here are twelve key points that gave me immediate solace.

  • Things refuse to be mismanaged for long.
  • A perfect equity adjusts its balance in all parts of life.
  • Every secret is told and every crime is punished.
  • Every virtue is rewarded and paid measure for measure.
  • The bitter comes with the sweet. There is a polarity.
  • Beware of too much good staying in your hand. Pay it away quickly.
  • Every evil that we do not succumb to is a benefactor.
  • The longer your good is withheld, the better it will be and comes with a compound interest.
  • No facts are begotten from falsehoods.
  • Let angels go so that the archangels can come to guide you onward and upward.
  • Do not stay among the ruins and don’t look back.
  • Loss of loved ones turn into guides who lead you on to wider, open doors.

Push play and listen as Phoenix anxiously anticipates her tour of the Emerson House in Concord, MA.

Lynn M.                                                                                                                       June 3, 2017