Self-Reliance, the Over-Soul, and Other Essays (Paperback). The six essays and one address in this volume flesh out Emerson's transcendentalist ideas.
In fact he had, as every great teacher has, only a limited number of principles and theories to teach. These principles of life can all be enumerated in twenty words—self-reliance, culture, intellectual and moral independence, the divinity of nature and man, the necessity of labor, and high ideals. (8).