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Transcendentalism advocated self-reliance and simplicity.
“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity. I say, let your affairs be as two or three and not a hundred or a thousand.”
Transcendentalism taught the dignity of manual labor.
Transcendentalists believed in living close to nature.
“I went into the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it has to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”
Transcendentalists opposed strict ritualism and dogma of established religion.
Unlike Puritans, Transcendentalists saw humans and nature as possessing an innate goodness.
Nature is the source of truth and inspiration.
“Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.”
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