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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
US essayist & poet [more author details]
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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
It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance
As soon as there is life there is danger.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude (1870)
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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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude: Works and Days, 1870
The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Conduct of Life, 'Fate,' 1860

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