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Type: Poet
Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 05/25/1803
Date of Death: 04/27/1882




 

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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Be Silly. Be honest. Be kind.
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What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.
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A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.
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If you maintain a dead church, contribute to a dead Bible-society, vote with a great party either for the government or against it, spread your table like base housekeepers, - under all these screens I have diffuculty to detect the precise man you are: and of course so much force is withdrawn from your proper life.? But do your work and I shall know you.? Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself.? A man must consider what a blind-man's bluff is this game of conformity.? If I know your sect I anticipate your argument.
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Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
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Any man who hears the rippling of rivers in these degenerate days will not utterly despair.
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God will not have his work made manifest by cowards.
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We aim above the mark to hit the mark.
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Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
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The only reward of virtue is virtue.
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It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
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In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.
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I find the Englishman to be him of all men who stands firmest in his shoes. They have in themselves what they value in their horses, mettle and bottom. mettle: spirited bottom: capacity to endure strain.
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I wish to say what I think and feel today, with the proviso that tomorrow perhaps I shall contradict it all.
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You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will become too late.
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To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men-that is genius.
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You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.
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Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.
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Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning; that there is always another dawn risen on mid-noon, and under every deep a lower deep opens.
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The universe is a more amazing puzzle than ever, as you glance along this bewildering series of animated forms - the hazy butterflies, the carved shells, the birds,beasts, fishes, snakes, and the upheaving principle of life everywhere incipient, in the very rock aping organized forms.
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A political victory, a rise of rents, the recovery of your sick or?return of your absent friend, or some other favorable event raises your spirits, and you think that good days are preparing for you.? Do not beleive it.? Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
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'As soon as man is at one with God, he will not beg. He will then see prayer in all action'
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Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Then all things are at risk. It is as when a conflagration has broken out in a great city, and no man knows what is safe, or where it will end. There is not a piece of science, but its flank may be turned to-morrow; there is not any literary reputation, not the so-called eternal names of fame, that may not be revised and condemned. The very hopes of man, the thoughts of his heart, the religion of nations, the manners and morals of mankind, are all at the mercy of a new generalization. Generalization is always a new influx of the divinity into the mind. Hence the thrill that attends it.
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To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing.
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That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character.
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