"Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes from
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Earth laughs in flowers.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Spirit , that made those heroes dare ,
To die , and leave their children free ,
Bid Time and Nature gently spare
The shaft we raise to them and thee.
Emerson never comes to a clear or final answer. One solution he both suggests and rejects is an unambiguous idealism, according to which a nontemporal “One” or “Oversoul” is the only reality, and all else is illusion. He suggests this, for example, in the many places where he speaks of waking up out of our dreams or nightmares. But he then portrays that to which we awake not simply as an unchanging “ONE,” but as a process or succession: a “growth” or “movement of the soul” (CW2: 189); or a “new yet unapproachable America” (CW3: 259).
Emerson quickly changed his wife's name to Lidian, and would call her Queenie,  and sometimes Asia,  and she called him Mr. Emerson.  Their children were Waldo, Ellen, Edith, and Edward Waldo Emerson . Edward Waldo Emerson was the father of Raymond Emerson . Ellen was named for his first wife, at Lidian's suggestion.