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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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Of course you will insist on modesty in the children, and respect to their teachers, but if the boy stops you in your speech, cries out that you are wrong and sets you right, hug him!
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Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
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Be not the slave of your own past - plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.
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Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to the end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories but it takes brave men and women to win them.
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What lies before us and what lies behind us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
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There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.
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Nature is made to conspire with spirit to emancipate us.
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A weed is a plant whose virtue is not yet known.
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I ask constantly of all men whether life may not be poetic as well as stupid?
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Never lose an opportunity to see anything that is beautiful. It is God's handwriting ~ a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, every fair sky, every fair flower.
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No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.
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The objection to conforming to usages that have become dead to you is that it scatters your force.?It loses your time and blurs the impression of your character.
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All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.
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Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of Solitaire.?It is a grand passion.
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In the woods, we return to reason and faith.? There I feel nothing can befall me in life, no disgrace, no calamity which nature cannot repair.
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Insist on yourself; never imitate.? Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession.? That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.
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Cause and effect, means and ends, seed and fruit, cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end preexists in the means, the fruit in the seed.
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As soon as there is life there is danger.
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He is great who is what he is from nature, and who never reminds us of others.
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To the dull mind, all nature is leaden. To the illuminated mind, the whole world sparkles with light.
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We don't grow old.? When we cease to grow, we become old.
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Power ceases in the instant of repose;? It resides in the moment of transition from past to a new state.
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And truly it demands something godlike in him who cast off the common motives of humanity and ventured to trust himself for a taskmaster.
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Science does not know its debt to imagination. Goethe did not believe that a great naturalist could exist without this faculty.
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Men do what is called a good action, as some piece of courage or charity, much as they would pay a fine in expiation of daily non-appearance on parage.? Thier works are done as an apology or extenuation of thier living in the world.-as invalids and the insane pay a high? board.? Thier virtues are penances.? I do not wish to expiate, but to live.? My life is for itself and not a spectacle.?I can not consent to pay for privilege where I have intrinsic right.
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