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Date of Birth: 05/25/1803
Date of Death: 04/27/1882


 

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes > Men imagine that they...

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Men imagine that they communicate their virtue or vice only by overt actions, and do not see that virtue or vice emit a breath every moment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
About: Virtue, Breathing

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