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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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Shakespeare possesses the power of subordinating nature for the purposes of expression, beyond all poets.? His imperial muse tosses the creation like a bauble from hand to hand, and uses it to embody any caprice of thought that is uppermost in his mind.? The remotest spaces of nature are visited, and the farthest sundered things are brought together, by subtle spiritual connection.? We are made aware that magnitude of material things is relative, and all objects shrink and expand to serve the passion of the poet.
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He Who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it posses.
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Whoso would ever be a man, must be a noncomformist.
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This time, like all other times, is a very good time, if we but know what to do with it.
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When it is darkest, men see the stars.
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I please myself with the graces of the winter scenery, and believe that we are as much touched by it as by the genial influences of summer.
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In different hours, a man represents each of several of his ancestors, as if there were seven or eight of us rolled up in each man's skin, - seven or eight ancestors at least, and they constitute the variety of notes for that new piece of music which his life is.
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Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet!
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Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your mind.
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In silence we must warp much of our life, because it is too fine for speech, because also we cannot explain it to others,and because somewhat we cannot yet understand.
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Nothing is rich but the inexhaustible wealth of nature. She shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep.
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He then learns that in going down into the secrets of his own mind he has descended into the secrets of all minds.
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Envy is ignorance. Imitation is suicide.
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Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
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To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.
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All men plume themselves on the improvement of society, yet no man improves.
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Man was born to be rich, or grow rich by use of his faculties, by the union of thought with nature. Property is an intellectual production. The game requires coolness, right reasoning, promptness, and patience in the players. Cultivated labor drives out brute labor.
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Go out of the house to see the moon, and't is mere tinsel; it will not please as when its light shines upon your necessary journey.
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'Miracles have ceased.' Have they indeed? When? They had not ceased this afternoonwhen I walked into the wood and got into bright, miraculous sunshine, in shelter from the roaring wind.
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A nation never fails but by suicide.
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Nature suffers nothing to remain in her kingdoms which cannot help itsef.? The genesis and maturation of the planet, its poise and orbit, the bended tree recovering itself from the strong wind, the vital resources of every animal and vegitable, are the demonstrations of the self-sufficing and therefore self-relying soul.
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Good thoughts are no better than good dreams, unless they be executed!
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Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.
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Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.? Society is a joint stock-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater.? The virtue in most request is conformity.? Self-reliance is its aversion.? It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.
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The soul raised over passion beholds identity and eternal causation, perceives the self-existance of Truth and Right, and calms itself with knowing that all things go well.
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