Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, poet and the leading exponent of the Transcendentalist movement. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society.
His idea of "ideal spirituality" was based on individualism and intuition. His essay Nature was ground-breaking and highly controversial. He lectured widely across the U.S.
“ In every society some men are born to rule, and some to advise.”