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The scholar is that man who must take up into himself all the ability of the time, all the contributions of the past, all the hopes of the future. He must be a university of knowledges. If there be one lesson more than another, which should pierce his ear, it is, The world is nothing, the man is all; in yourself is the law of all nature, and you know not yet how a globule of sap ascends; in yourself slumbers the whole of Reason; it is for you to know all, it is for you to dare all.

The writer who laid out the main set of beliefs of Transcendentalism wrote Nature and Self-Reliance, and gave a famous speech at Harvard College, known as "The American Scholar" was:


Nathaniel Hawthorne.


Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Henry David Thoreau.


Margaret Fuller.


Amos Bronson Alcott.

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