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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
US essayist & poet [more author details]
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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)
When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1824
The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals, 1839
Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims (Quotation and Originality)
Every artist was first an amateur.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims: Progress of Culture, 1876
In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims: Quotation and Originality, 1876
Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims: The Comic, 1876
The bitterest tragic element in life to be derived from an intellectual source is the belief in a brute Fate or Destiny.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Natural History of Intellect (1893)
Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, New England Reformers, 1844
These times of ours are series and full of calamity, but all times are essentially alike. As soon as there is life there is danger.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Public and Private Education, November 27, 1864
In every work of genius we see our own rejected thoughts.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self Reliance
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