Ralph Waldo Emerson: Are you misunderstood?
Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (Boston MA, May 25, 1803 - Concord MA, April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of William Emerson, a Unitarian minister. After he himself also became Unitarian, he became more of a transcendentalist. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.