Ralph Waldo Emerson was an essayist who sought to remove himself from the constraints of society, and wrote abouth the importance of freedom and individuality. His views of nature and society have made Emerson a highly influential American thinker.
"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."