The first in time and the first in importance of the influences upon the mind is that of nature. As an “adventuring heretic,” Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882) challenged comfortable assumptions about nature, scientific understanding and divine intelligence. The Sage of Concord’s writings continue to inspire and influence new generations of thinkers and readers as he bridges the wild places of the heart and intellect. This portable sampler of 60 selections, from 30 years of Emerson’s writings reveals the essence of Emerson’s spiritual vision. Complementing each passage is an inspirational quote from historical and contemporary luminaries as diverse as Margaret Fuller, the Dalai Lama, and Jack Kerouac. Journey into the mind and heart of this great 19th century author, poet, and philosopher whose writings remain relevant and inspiring today. Author: Highland, Chris.