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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
US essayist & poet [more author details]
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We do what we must, and call it by the best names.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
When you strike at a king, you must kill him.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Whoever is open, loyal, true; of humane and affable demeanour; honourable himself, and in his judgement of others; faithful to his word as to law, and faithful alike to God and man....such a man is a true gentleman.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of Chance.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
The two parties which divide the state, the party of Conservatism and that of Innovation, are very old, and have disputed the possession of the world ever since it was made.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conservative, Boston, Massachusetts, December 9, 1841
Hitch your wagon to a star.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, "American Civilization", The Atlantic Monthly, 1862
In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self Reliance"
Speak what you think today in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self-Reliance", 1841
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'Art,' 1841
Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, 'Journals,' 1836
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; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, (attributed)
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, (attributed)
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 possesses.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Address on The Method of Nature, 1841
To be great is to be misunderstood.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, An Essay on Self-Reliance
The key to every man is his thought.... He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Circles, Essays: First Series, 1903
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays, First Series: Prudence, 1841
Whatever limits us, we call Fate.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Fate, The Conduct of Life, 1860
Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journal (May 1849)
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