Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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jesus christ belonge quote by ralph waldo emerson

Jesus Christ belonged to the true race of prophets. He saw with open eye the mystery of the soul. Drawn by its severe harmony, ravished with its beauty, he lived in it and had his being there. Alone in all history, he estimated the greatness of man.

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flowers are a pro quote by ralph waldo emerson

Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.

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philosophically cons quote by ralph waldo emerson

Philosophically considered, the universe is composed of Nature and the Soul. Strictly speaking, therefore, all that is separate from us, all which Philosophy distinguishes as the 'Not Me,' that is, both nature and art, all other men and my own body, must be ranked under this name, 'Nature.'

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death comes to all  quote by ralph waldo emerson

Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.

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never lose an opport quote by ralph waldo emerson

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.

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A more secret, sweet, and overpowering beauty appears to man when his heart and mind open to the sentiment of virtue.

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As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.

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Only as far as the masters of the world have called in nature to their aid, can they reach the height of magnificence. This is the meaning of their hanging-gardens, villas, garden-houses, islands, parks, and preserves.

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Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.

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We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.

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Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

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Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

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We see God face to face every hour, and know the savor of Nature.

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I have no hostility to nature, but a child's love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons.

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The smoothest curled courtier in the boudoirs of a palace has an animal nature, rude and aboriginal as a white bear.

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When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.

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Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.

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Beauty without expression is boring.

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Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.

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Nature hates calculators.

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Good is positive. Evil is merely privative, not absolute: it is like cold, which is the privation of heat. All evil is so much death or nonentity. Benevolence is absolute and real. So much benevolence as a man hath, so much life hath he.

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Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.

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Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.

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A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

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Nature is the incarnation of thought. The world is the mind precipitated.

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Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.

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We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state.

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Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.

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The method of nature: who could ever analyze it?

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Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.

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The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.

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The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.

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The first wealth is health.

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No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.

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Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.

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Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.

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The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.

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We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.

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Wherever the invitation of men or your own occasions lead you, speak the very truth, as your life and conscience teach it, and cheer the waiting, fainting hearts of men with new hope and new revelation.

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The sum of wisdom is that time is never lost that is devoted to work.

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The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation.

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It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

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Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well.

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Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.

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We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.

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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.

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It is not length of life, but depth of life.

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Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

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Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.

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A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.

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Preaching is the expression of the moral sentiment in application to the duties of life.

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There is creative reading as well as creative writing.

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One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing.

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Every sentence spoken by Napoleon, and every line of his writing, deserves reading, as it is the sense of France.

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The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.

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Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.

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All diseases run into one, old age.

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In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.

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The best effort of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.

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Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.

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The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.

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Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.

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Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love. Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none.

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He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.

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Science does not know its debt to imagination.

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I think we must get rid of slavery, or we must get rid of freedom.

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The highest revelation is that God is in every man.

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Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.

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I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.

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Doing well is the result of doing good. That's what capitalism is all about.

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Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.

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Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events.

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No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.

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A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.

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We acquire the strength we have overcome.

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All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.

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No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.

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For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.

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The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society.

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In every society some men are born to rule, and some to advise.

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Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.

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A man is what he thinks about all day long.

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Words are also actions, and actions are a kind of words.

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Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.

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The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity, but in being uninteresting.

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Our best thoughts come from others.

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The earth laughs in flowers.

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Power and speed be hands and feet.

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Good men must not obey the laws too well.

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Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.

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Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.

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I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.

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Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

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Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others.

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All mankind love a lover.

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People disparage knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing. I am content with knowing, if only I could know.

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People only see what they are prepared to see.

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The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.

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If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.

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It is my desire, in the office of a Christian minister, to do nothing which I cannot do with my whole heart. Having said this, I have said all.

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There is no chance and anarchy in the universe. All is system and gradation. Every god is there sitting in his sphere.

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Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries.

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Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

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Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are.

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The intuition of the moral sentiment is an insight of the perfection of the laws of the soul. These laws execute themselves. They are out of time, out of space, and not subject to circumstance.

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A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

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Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action.

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Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.

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Every man in his lifetime needs to thank his faults.

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Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.

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If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.

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Every fact is related on one side to sensation, and, on the other, to morals. The game of thought is, on the appearance of one of these two sides, to find the other: given the upper, to find the under side.

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It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy, that the world owes the world more than the world can pay.

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The value of a principle is the number of things it will explain.

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Why need I volumes, if one word suffice?

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To be great is to be misunderstood.

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The reward of a thing well done is having done it.

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Every spirit makes its house, and we can give a shrewd guess from the house to the inhabitant.

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In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.

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Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.

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The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.

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Every industrious man, in every lawful calling, is a useful man. And one principal reason why men are so often useless is that they neglect their own profession or calling, and divide and shift their attention among a multiplicity of objects and pursuits.

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Let the reader find that he cannot afford to omit any line of your writing because you have omitted every word that he can spare.

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The word miracle, as pronounced by Christian churches, gives a false impression; it is a monster. It is not one with the blowing clover and the falling rain.

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Marriage is the perfection of what love aimed at, ignorant of what it sought.

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For all symbols are fluxional; all language is vehicular and transitive, and is good, as ferries and houses are, for conveyance, not as farms and houses are, for homestead.

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In Scotland, there is a rapid loss of all grandeur of mien and manners; a provincial eagerness and acuteness appear; the poverty of the country makes itself remarked, and a coarseness of manners; and, among the intellectual, is the insanity of dialectics.

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The people are to be taken in very small doses.

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Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.

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Great men, great nations, have not been boasters and buffoons, but perceivers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to face it.

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Announced by all the trumpets of the sky,Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields,Seems nowhere to alight

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Of all the ways to lose a person, death is the kindest

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The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity. The inventor did it, because it was natural to him, and so in him it has a charm. In the imitator, something else is natural, and he bereaves himself of his own beauty, to come short of another man's.

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I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part of God."

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Standing on the bare ground,--my head bathed by the blithe air and uplifted into infinite space,--all mean egotism vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or parcel of God."

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We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation -rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing."

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The secret of fortune is joy in our hands. Welcome evermore to gods and men is the self-helping man. For him all doors are flung wide. Him all tongues greet, all honors crown, all eyes follow with desire. Our love goes out to him and embraces him because he did not need it."

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As a man thinketh, so is he, and as a man chooseth, so is he.

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Never self-possessed, or prudent, love is all abandonment.

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Often a certain abdication of prudence and foresight is an element of success.

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The proof of a high education is the ability to speak about complex matters as simply as possible.

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The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.

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Plato says that the punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is, to live under the government of worse men; and the like regret is suggested to all the auditors, as the penalty of abstaining to speak,--that they shall hear worse orators than themselves.

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Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

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This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.

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I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it.

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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

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Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes.

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Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions.

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An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.

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Polarity, or action and reaction, we meet in every part of nature; in darkness and light; in heat and cold; in the ebb and flow of water; in male and female; in the equation of quantity and quality; in the fluids of the animal body; in the systole an

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History is the action and reaction of these two, nature and thought.

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Good bye, proud world! I'm going home; Thou art not my friend, and I'm not thine

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Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural.

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I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being well dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.

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All men are in some degree impressed by the face of the world; some men even to delight. This love of beauty is taste. Others have the same love in such success that, not content with admiring, they seek to embody it in new forms. The creation of beauty is art.

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There are eyes, to be sure, that give no more admission into the man than blueberries.

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Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can offer with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation, but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession.

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Harder still it has proved to rule the dragon Money... A whole generation adopted false principles, and went to their graves in the belief they were enriching the country they were impoverishing.

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When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.

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The True Artist has the planet for his pedestal; the adventurer, after years of strife, has nothing broader than his shoes.

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The eye is the painter and the ear the singer.

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The moment we indulge our affections, the earth is metamorphosed.

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I cannot go to the houses of my nearest relatives, because I do not wish to be alone. Society exists by chemical affinity, and not otherwise.

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We aim above the mark to hit the mark.

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Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals, that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail.

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Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.

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Everything intercepts us from ourselves.

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Character is always known. Thefts never enrich; alms never impoverish; murder will speak out of stone walls.

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Give no bounties: make equal laws: secure life and prosperity and you need not give alms.

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To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children, to leave the world a better place, to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.

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Emancipation is the demand of civilization. That is a principle; everything else is an intrigue.

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The shot heard round the world.

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I hate this shallow Americanism which hopes to get rich by credit, to get knowledge by raps on midnight tables, to learn the economy of the mind by phrenology, or skill without study, or mastery without apprenticeship.

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To a physician, each man, each woman, is an amplification of one organ.

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To wade in marshes and sea margins is the destiny of certain bird, and they are so accurately made for this that they are imprisoned in those places. Each animal out of its habitat would starve. To the physician, each man, each woman, is an amplification of one organ. A soldier, a locksmith, a bank-clerk, and a dancer could not exchange functions. And thus we are victims of adaptation.

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Nature may be as selfishly studied as trade. Astronomy to the selfish becomes astrology; psychology, mesmerism (with intent to show where aour spoons are gone); and anatomy and physiology become phrenology and palmistry.

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The ancestor of every action is a thought.

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Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.

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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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For poetry was all written before time was, and whenever we are so finely organized that we can penetrate into that region where the air is music, we hear those primal warblings, and attempt to write them down, but we lose ever and anon a word, a verse, and substitute something of our own, and thus miswrite the poem.

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Dear to us are those who love us... but dearer are those who reject us as unworthy, for they add another life; they build a heaven before us whereof we had not dreamed, and thereby supply to us new powers out of the recesses of the spirit, and urge us to new and unattempted performances.

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Hence, the less government we have, the better,--the fewer laws, and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formalGovernment, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual; the appearance of the principal to supersede the proxy; the appearance of the wise man, of whom the existing government, is, it must be owned, but a shabby imitation.

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Give me insight into today and you may have the antique and future worlds.

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All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

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There are three wants which never can be satisfied: that of the rich, who wants something more; that of the sick, who wants something different; and that of the traveler, who says anywhere but here.

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Let us interrogate the great apparition, that shines so peacefully around us.

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Sleep takes off the costume of circumstance, arms us with terrible freedom, so that every will rushes to deed. A skillful man reads his dreams for his self-knowledge; yet not the details, but the quality. What part does he play in them - a cheerful, manly part, or a poor, drivelling part? However monstrous and grotesque their apparitions, they have a substantial truth.

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The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world is the highest applause.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Truth is the summit of being; justice is the application of it to affairs....

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

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, and under every deep a lower deep opens.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The man, who has seen the rising moon break out of the clouds at midnight, has been present like an archangel at the creation of light and of the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

We cannot let our angels go; we do not see that they only go out that archangels may come in.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Language is the archives of history.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

No man acquires property without acquiring with it a little arithmetic also.

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I pray my companion, if he wishes for bread, to ask me for bread, and if he wishes for sassafras or arsenic, to ask me for them, and not to hold out his plate, as if I knew already.

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And the glory of character is in affronting the horrors of depravity to draw thence new nobilities of power: as Art lives and thrills in new use and combining of contrasts, and mining into the dark evermore for blacker pits of night.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

If the tongue had not been framed for articulation, man would still be a beast in the forest.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The longer we live the more we must endure the elementary existence of men and women; and every brave heart must treat society asa child, and never allow it to dictate.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Progress is the activity of today and the assurance of tomorrow

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Astronomy taught us our insignificance in Nature.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The religion of one age is the literary entertainment of the next.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Great believers are always reckoned infidels, impracticable, fantastic, atheistic, and really men of no account. The spiritualist finds himself driven to express his faith by a series of skepticisms.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Are you not scared by seeing that the gypsies are more attractive to us than the apostles?

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The faith that stands on authority is not faith.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The lover of letters loves power too.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. 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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God may forgive sins, he said, but awkwardness has no forgiveness in heaven or earth.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

A certain awkwardness marks the use of borrowed thoughts; but as soon as we have learned what to do with them, they become our own.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Go where he will, the wise man is at home, His hearth the earth, his hall the azure dome.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Art is a jealous mistress; and if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture or philosophy, he makes a bad husband and an ill provider.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I know of no such unquestionable badge and ensign of a sovereign mind as that of tenacity of purpose...

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Repose and cheerfulness is the badge of the gentleman; repose in energy.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The intellectual man requires a fine bait; the sots are easily amused. But everybody is drugged with his own frenzy, and the pageant marches at all hours, with music and banner and badge.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Society is a masked ball, where every one hides his real character, and reveals it by hiding.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

What is there of the divine in a load of brick? What ... in a barber shop? ... Much. All.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Each philosopher, each bard, each actor has only done for me, as by a delegate, what one day I can do for myself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Religion is to do right. It is to love, it is to serve, it is to think, it is to be humble.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Patience and fortitude conquer all things.

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Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue. . . .

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A house is made with walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

It does not hurt weak eyes to look into beautiful eyes never so long.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Women stand related to beautiful nature around us, and the enamoured youth mixes their form with moon and stars, with woods and waters, and the pomp of summer. They heal us of awkwardness by their words and looks. We observe their intellectual influence on the most serious student. They refine and clear his mind: teach him to put a pleasing method into what is dry and difficult.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Almost all people descend to meet. All association must be a compromise, and, what is worst, the very flower and aroma of the flower of each of the beautiful natures disappears as they approach each other.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

A beautiful soul always dwells in a beautiful world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

When I first open my eyes upon the morning meadows and look out upon the beautiful world, I thank God I am alive.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

When the act of reflection takes place in the mind, when we look at ourselves in the light of thought, we discover that our life is embosomed in beauty.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Pines a thousand years old. Every year they must go farther for them: they recede, like beavers and Indians, before the white man.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like the bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

A friend is a person who goes around saying nice things about you behind your back.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Great genial power, one would almost say, consists in not being original at all; in being altogether receptive; in letting the world do all, and suffering the spirit of the hour to pass unobstructed through the mind.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The masses have no habit of self-reliance or original action.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Be a gift and a benediction.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Take egotism out and you would castrate the benefactors.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Mankind divides itself into two classes,--benefactors and malefactors. The second class is vast; the first a handful.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The idealism of Berkeley is only a crude statement of the idealism of Jesus, and that again is a crude statement of the fact thatall nature is the rapid efflux of goodness executing and organizing itself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Thou art to me a delicious torment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The best picture makes us say, I am a painter also.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The best political economy is the care and culture of men; for, in these crises, all are ruined except such as are proper individuals, capable of thought, and of new choice and the application of their talent to new labor.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Only a biker knows why a dog sticks his head out of a car window.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Whatever it is, it's better in the wind.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

If you don't ride in the rain, you don't ride.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Do not follow where the path may lead.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

There is properly no history, only biography.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Sunshine cannot bleach the snow, Nor time unmake what poets know

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All things with which we deal preach to us. What is a farm but a mute gospel? The chaff and the wheat, weeds and plants, blight, rain, insects, sun,--it is a sacred emblem from the first furrow of spring to the last stack which the snow of winter overtakes in the fields.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

It requires a great deal of boldness and a great deal of caution to make a great fortune, and when you have it, it requires ten times as much skill to keep it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Tis the good reader that makes the good book.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Let us not forget the genial miraculous force we have known to proceed from a book.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Never read a book that is not a year old.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Hence, instead of Man Thinking, we have the bookworm. Hence, the book-learned class, who value books, as such; not as related to nature and the human constitution, but as making a sort of Third Estate with the world and the soul. Hence, the restorers of readings, the emendators, the bibliomaniacs of all degrees.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Every hero becomes a bore at last.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Every man is a borrower and a mimic, life is theatrical and literature a quotation.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Love not the flower they pluck and know it not, And all their botany is Latin names.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

It is much better to learn the elements of geology, of botany, or ornithology and astronomy by word of mouth from a companion than dully from a book.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Tis a short sight to limit our faith in laws to those of gravity, of chemistry, of botany, and so forth.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The reason why men do not obey us, is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

In conversation the game is, to say something new with old words. And you shall observe a man of the people picking his way along, step by step, using every time an old boulder, yet never setting his foot on an old place.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

If I cannot brag of knowing something, then I brag of not knowing it; at any rate, brag.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

This valley is the only place that comes up to the brag about it, and exceeds it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April's breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Thought is the seed of action.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Life is a series of surprises and would not be worth taking or keeping if it were not.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

How often we must remember the art of the surgeon, which, in replacing the broken bone, contents itself with releasing the parts from false position; they fly into place by the action of the muscles. On this art of nature all our arts rely.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud, and fruit.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

All our progress is an unfolding, like the vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. It is vain to hurry it. By trusting it to the end it shall ripen into truth, and you shall know why you believe.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

As we are, so we do; and as we do, so is it done to us; we are the builders of our fortunes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Souls are not saved in bundles.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

There is ever a slight suspicion of the burlesque about earnest good men.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Every burned book enlightens the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Heaven sometimes hedges a rare character about with ungainliness and odium, as the burr that protects the fruit.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The torments of martyrdom are probably most keenly felt by the bystanders.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Beauty is the mark God sets on virtue. Every natural action is graceful; every heroic act is also decent, and causes the place and the bystanders to shine.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

A person seldom falls sick but the bystanders are animated with a faint hope that he will die.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Every calamity is a spur and a valuable hint.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Man is a stream whose source is hidden. Our being is descending into us from we know not whence. The most exact calculator has noprescience that somewhat incalculable may not balk the very next moment. I am constrained every moment to acknowledge a higher origin for events than the will I call mine.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

In the Fiji islands, it appears, cannibalism is now familiar. They eat thier own wives and children. We only devour widows' houses, and great merchants outwit and absorb the substance of small ones, and every man feeds on his neighbor's labor if he can. It is a milder form of cannibalism.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

There is nothing capricious in nature and the implanting of a desire indicates that its gratification is in the constitution of the creature that feel it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Every great achievement is the victory of a flaming heart.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Life will show you masks that are worth all your carnivals

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It is easy to carp at colleges, and the college, if he will wait for it, will have its own turn. Genius exists there also, but will not answer a call of a committee of the House of Commons. It is rare, precious, eccentric, and darkling.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half an hour?

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

We are always getting ready to live but never living.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Men are what their mothers made them. You may as well ask a loom which weaves huckabuck why it does not make cashmere as to expect poetry from this engineer or a chemical discovery from that jobber.

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It is a sign of our times, conspicuous to the coarsest observer, that many intelligent and religious persons withdraw themselves from the common labors and competitions of the market and the caucus, and betake themselves to a certain solitary and critical way of living, from which no solid fruit has yet appeared to justify their separation.

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Nature will not let us fret and fume. She does not like our benevolence or our learning much better than she likes our frauds andwars. When we come out of the caucus, or the bank, or the abolition-convention, or the temperance-meeting, or the transcendental club, into the fields and woods, she says to us, "so hot? my little Sir.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The secret of the world is the tie between person and event. Person makes event and event person.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Shall we then judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely. 'Tis pedantry to estimate nations by the census, or by square miles of land, or other than by their importance to the mind of the time.

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The true test of civilization is not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops - no, but the kind of man the country turns out.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Genius always finds itself a century too early.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Friendship should be surrounded with ceremonies and respects, and not crushed into corners.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The craft with which the world is made runs also into the mind and character of men. No man is quite sane; each has a vein of folly in his composition, a slight determination of blood to the head, to make sure of holding him hard to some one point which Nature has taken to heart.

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Every man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well. He has changed his market cart into a chariot of the sun.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The cheapness of man is every day's tragedy.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Another success is the post-office, with its educating energy augmented by cheapness and guarded by a certain religious sentimentin mankind; so that the power of a wafer or a drop of wax or gluten to guard a letter, as it flies over sea over land and comes to its address as if a battalion of artillery brought it, I look upon as a fine meter of civilization.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

It is impossible for a man to be cheated by anyone but himself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Of cheerfulness, or a good temper - the more it is spent, the more of it remains.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I wish that friendship should have feet, as well as eyes and eloquence. It must plant itself on the ground, before it vaults overthe moon. I wish it to be a little of a citizen, before it is quite a cherub.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Law of Contrariness: Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can. Having found them, we shall then hate them for it.

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It is not an arbitrary "decree of God," but in the nature of man, that a veil shuts down on the facts of to-morrow; for the soul will not have us read any other cipher than that of cause and effect. By this veil, which curtains events, it instructs the children of men to live in to-day.

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Art is not to be found by touring to Egypt, China, or Peru; if you cannot find it at your own door, you will never find it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Life is a search after power; and this is an element with which the world is so saturated,-there is no chink or crevice in which it is not lodged,-that no honest seeking goes unrewarded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Go oft to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Now that is the wisdom of a man, in every instance of his labor, to hitch his wagon to a star, and see his chore done by the gods themselves. That is the way we are strong, by borrowing the might of the elements. The forces of steam, gravity, galvanism, light, magnets, wind, fire, serve us day by day and cost us nothing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Every stoic was a stoic; but in Christendom where is the Christian?

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The piety of the Hebrew prophets purges their grossness. The circumcision is an example of the power of poetry to raise the low and offensive.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Most of the classical citations you shall hear or read in the current journals or speeches were not drawn from the originals, but from previous quotations in English books...

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Cities give us collision. 'Tis said, London and New York take the nonsense out of a man.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

But what is classification but the perceiving that these objects are not chaotic, and are not foreign, but have a law which is also the law of the human mind?

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

There are other measures of self-respect for a man, than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

People who wash much have a high mind about it, and talk down to those who wash little.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

We are immensed in beauty, but our eyes have no clear vision.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The clergyman who lives in the city may have piety, but he must have taste.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Coal is a portable climate.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The universe is represented in every one of it's particles. Everything is made of one hidden stuff. The world globes itself in a drop of dew. The true doctrine of omnipresence is that God appears with all His parts in every moss and cobweb.

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The sea is masculine, the type of active strength. Look, what egg-shells are drifting all over it, each one, like ours, filled with men in ecstasies of terror, alternating with cockney conceit, as the sea is rough or smooth. Is this sad-colored circle an eternal cemetery?

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Tragedy is in the eye of the observer, and not in the heart of the sufferer.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Every ship that comes to America got its chart from Columbus.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The days come and go but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

I appeal now to the convictions of the communicants, and ask such persons whether they have not been occasionally conscious of a painful confusion of thought between the worship due to God and the commemoration due to Christ.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The highest compact we can make with our fellow is - "Let there be truth between us two forevermore."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (Source: SoberSides.com)