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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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