Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Epigraph Term Timeline in Self-Reliance

The timeline below shows where the term Epigraph appears in Self-Reliance. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Emerson includes three epigraphs, one that translates as “Do not seek for things outside of yourself,” another from a... (full context)