Self-Reliance and Other Essays gathers 6 of his most notable essays: History, Self-Reliance, Friendship, The Over-Soul, The Poet and Experience.. These essays outline moral idealism in the context of 19th century Transcendentalism. Emerson strives to expand individual expression and our consciousness. Self-Reliance starts with the following sentence: "Man is his own star; and the soul that can Render an honest and a perfect man, Commands all light, all influence, all fate; Nothing to him falls early or too late. Our acts our angels are, or good or ill, Our fatal shadows that walk by us still."
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson