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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Full name Ralph Waldo Emerson
Born May 25, 1803(1803-05-25)
Boston, Massachusetts
Died April 27, 1882 (aged 78)
Concord, Massachusetts
Era 19th century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Transcendentalism
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.Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, philosopher, and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid 19th century.^ Nature and art / by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

^ Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882 .

^ Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882.

His teachings directly influenced the growing New Thought movement of the mid 1800s.[1] He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society.
.Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of Transcendentalism in his 1836 essay, Nature.^ In 1836, on the day of the two-hundredth anniversary of the founding of Harvard College, Emerson and others met and discussed the state of philosophy and theology.

^ Emerson's developing philosophy : the early lectures (1836-1838) / by Kenneth Walter Cameron.

^ Nature (1836) by Ralph Waldo Emerson; edited with an introduction, index-concordance and bibliographical appendices by Kenneth Walter Cameron.

As a result of this ground breaking work he gave a speech entitled The American Scholar in 1837, which Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. considered to be America's "Intellectual Declaration of Independence".[2] Considered one of the great orators of the time, Emerson's enthusiasm and respect for his audience enraptured crowds. .His support for abolitionism late in life created controversy, and at times he was subject to abuse from crowds while speaking on the topic.^ Illusion, Temperament, Succession, Surface, Surprise, Reality, Subjectiveness,—these are threads on the loom of time, these are the lords of life.
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.When asked to sum up his work, he said his central doctrine was "the infinitude of the private man."^ "A Scholar is a man with this inconvenience, that when you ask him his opinion of any matter, he must go home and look up his manuscripts to know."

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Biography

Early life, family, and education

Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 25, 1803,[4] son of Ruth Haskins and the Rev. William Emerson, a Unitarian minister who descended from a well-known line of ministers.[5] .He was named after his mother's brother Ralph and the father's great-grandmother Rebecca Waldo.^ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes and Quotations Men achieve a certain greatness unawares, when working to another aim.

^ Ralph Waldo Emerson was eight at the time of his father's death.

[6] .Ralph Waldo was the second of five sons who survived into adulthood; the others were William, Edward, Robert Bulkeley, and Charles.^ Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson The Project Gutenberg EBook of Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
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^ Edward, son of Joseph and Elizabeth, married Rebecca Waldo, and his son Joseph married Mary Moody and had ten children, the ninth of whom was William, who was the minister at Concord, and built the Old Manse celebrated by Hawthorne.

^ Even Ralph Waldo, who was less susceptible to it than the others, felt it severely.

[7] Three other children—Phebe, John Clarke, and Mary Caroline—died in childhood.[7]
.The young Ralph Waldo Emerson's father died from stomach cancer on May 12, 1811, less than two weeks before Emerson's eighth birthday.^ Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803̲-1882.

^ Nature and art / by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

^ Essays and lectures / Ralph Waldo Emerson.

[8] .Emerson was raised by his mother as well as other intellectual and spiritual women in his family, including his aunt Mary Moody Emerson, who had a profound impact on the young Emerson.^ Ripley found the family one day without any food, except the stories of heroic endurance with which their aunt, Mary Moody Emerson, was regaling them.

^ Mary Moody Emerson and the origins of transcendentalism : a family history / Phyllis Cole.

^ We call together many friends who keep each other in play, or by luxuries and ornaments we amuse the young people, and guard our retirement.
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[9] She lived with the family off and on and maintained a constant correspondence with Emerson until her death in 1863.[10]
Emerson's formal schooling began at the Boston Latin School in 1812 when he was nine.[11] .In October 1817, at 14, Emerson went to Harvard College and was appointed freshman messenger for the president, requiring Emerson to fetch delinquent students and send messages to faculty.^ In October, 1817, he went to Cambridge, having .passed a very good examination, and his mother rejoiced because he did not have to be admonished to study.

^ He was appointed President's Freshman, a position which gave him a room free of charge.

^ In 1836, on the day of the two-hundredth anniversary of the founding of Harvard College, Emerson and others met and discussed the state of philosophy and theology.

[12] .Midway through his junior year, Emerson began keeping a list of books he had read and started a journal in a series of notebooks that would be called "Wide World".[13] He took outside jobs to cover his school expenses, including as a waiter for the Junior Commons and as an occasional teacher working with his uncle Samuel in Waltham, Massachusetts.^ Emerson had at first declined to have editorial control of The Dial, but when, after two years of uphill struggle, Margaret Fuller relinquished it, he took hold most unwillingly and kept it along for two years more at some expense of money and much expense of worry.

^ But he always remembered his terrors at entering the school, his timidities at French, "the infirmities of his cheek," and his occasional admiration of some of his pupils, and his vexation of spirit when the will of the pupils was a little too strong for the will of the teacher.

^ I am afraid the remark is too honest, and comes from the same origin as the maxim of the tyrant, "If you would rule the world quietly, you must keep it amused."
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[14] .By his senior year, Emerson decided to go by his middle name, Waldo.^ Certain lands in the city had increased in value and a little money was forthcoming from them; so he decided to go to Cambridge, where "the learned and reverend" had consented to admit him to the middle class.

[15] .Emerson served as Class Poet and, as was custom, presented an original poem on Harvard's Class Day, a month before his official graduation on August 29, 1821, when he was 18.[16] He did not stand out as a student and graduated in the exact middle of his class of 59 people.^ He was not entitled to admission to the [Phi Beta Kappa] Society, but he was elected class poet, and his poem was regarded as a superior production.

^ In 1836, on the day of the two-hundredth anniversary of the founding of Harvard College, Emerson and others met and discussed the state of philosophy and theology.

^ Emerson was persuaded to repeat his poem, the 'Boston Hymn,' the original manuscript of which the Rev. Samuel Longfellow promptly begged of the author.

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Around 1826, during a winter trip to St. Augustine, Florida, Emerson made the acquaintance of Prince Achille Murat. .Murat, the nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, was only two years his senior and the two became extremely good friends and enjoyed one another's company.^ "The only way to have a friend is to be one."

^ Family Quotes Add to Favorite List The only way to have a friend is to be one.

^ Friendship Quotes Add to Favorite List The only way to have a friend is to be one.

.The two engaged in enlightening discussions on religion, society, philosophy, and government.^ In 1836, on the day of the two-hundredth anniversary of the founding of Harvard College, Emerson and others met and discussed the state of philosophy and theology.

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Early career

Engraved drawing, 1878
.After Harvard, Emerson assisted his brother William [19] in a school for young women[20] established in their mother's house, after he had established his own school in Chelmsford, Massachusetts; when his brother William [21] went to Göttingen to study divinity, Emerson took charge of the school.^ After he graduated he for two years assisted his brother William in a school for young ladies established in his mother's house, and when William went to Göttingen to study divinity, he remained another year in sole charge.

^ In the summer he instructed a few private pupils, and in September took charge of a public school in Chelmsford, which he left at the beginning of the next year to relieve his brother Edward of the care of his school in Roxbury, and then in April he returned to Cambridge, where his mother had again taken a house.

^ It is said that he had no drawing to the ministry, but, on hearing Dr. Ripley pray for the fulfilment of his mother's desire, he studied divinity and was settled at Harvard at the age of twenty-three.

.Over the next several years, Emerson made his living as a schoolmaster, then went to Harvard Divinity School.^ Hawthorne lived for four years in Concord, occupying the old Manse, but, though he was a great walker, he is known to have walked with Emerson only once, when they went together to visit the Shakers at Lebanon.

^ This same year Emerson's first child, a boy "of wonderful promise," was born, but he lived only five years.

^ After he graduated he for two years assisted his brother William in a school for young ladies established in his mother's house, and when William went to Göttingen to study divinity, he remained another year in sole charge.

.Emerson's brother Edward,[22] two years younger than he, entered the office of lawyer Daniel Webster, after graduating Harvard first in his class.^ His brother Edward, who had just died, had been Webster's private secretary and tutor to his children.

^ Emerson had at first declined to have editorial control of The Dial, but when, after two years of uphill struggle, Margaret Fuller relinquished it, he took hold most unwillingly and kept it along for two years more at some expense of money and much expense of worry.

^ After he graduated he for two years assisted his brother William in a school for young ladies established in his mother's house, and when William went to Göttingen to study divinity, he remained another year in sole charge.

Edward's physical health began to deteriorate and he soon suffered a mental collapse as well; he was taken to McLean Asylum in June of 1828 at 23. Although he recovered his mental equilibrium he died in 1834 at 29 from apparently longstanding tuberculosis.[23]
.Boston's Second Church invited Emerson to serve as its junior pastor and he was ordained on March 11, 1829.[24] Emerson met his first wife, Ellen Louisa Tucker, in Concord, New Hampshire and married her when she was 18.[25] The couple moved to Boston, with Emerson's mother Ruth moving with them to help take care of Ellen, who was already sick with tuberculosis.^ In the morning I awake and find the old world, wife, babes, and mother, Concord and Boston, the dear old spiritual world and even the dear old devil not far off.
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[26] .Less than two years later, Ellen died at the age of 20 on February 8, 1831, after uttering her last words: "I have not forgot the peace and joy".[27] Emerson was heavily affected by her death and often visited her grave.^ She died in February, 1831.

^ Ability and Achievement Quotes Add to Favorite List The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men round to his opinion 20 years later.

^ "We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyful of words and do not know a thing."

[28] .In a journal entry dated March 29, 1831, Emerson wrote, "I visited Ellen's tomb and opened the coffin".[29] After his wife's death, he began to disagree with the church's methods, writing in his journal in June 1832: "I have sometimes thought that, in order to be a good minister, it was necessary to leave the ministry.^ The minister of this church and occupant of this mansion was the Rev. William Emerson, who on the 25th of May, 1803, wrote in his diary: "This day, whilst I was at dinner at Governor Strong's, my son Ralph Waldo was born."

The profession is antiquated. .In an altered age, we worship in the dead forms of our forefathers".[30] His disagreements with church officials over the administration of the Communion service and misgivings about public prayer eventually led to his resignation in 1832. As he wrote, "This mode of commemorating Christ is not suitable to me.^ He might have had a call to New Bedford, but as he stipulated that he must not be expected to administer the Communion or to offer prayer unless the Spirit moved, the church withdrew its invitation.

^ Others devoted themselves to the worrying of churches and meetings for public worship; and the fertile forms of antinomianism among the elder puritans seemed to have their match in the plenty of the new harvest of reform.
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^ Our proper vice takes form in one or another shape, according to the sex, age, or temperament of the person, and, if we are capable of fear, will readily find terrors.
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That is reason enough why I should abandon it".[31]
.Emerson toured Europe in 1832 and later wrote of his travels in English Traits (1857).^ (Note: For Emerson's own account of his experiences see "English Traits."

[32] .He left aboard the brig Jasper on Christmas Day, sailing first to Malta.^ At first it was suggested that he should go to the West Indies and visit his brother Edward, but at the last moment he found that a 236-ton brig was about to sail for the Mediterranean: he took passage on her and was landed at Malta on the 2d of February, 1832.

[33] .During his European trip, he met William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Stuart Mill, and Thomas Carlyle.^ The sight of Landor, Coleridge, Carlyle, and Wordsworth, though he realized that not one of them was "a mind of the very first class, "had comforted and confirmed him in his convictions.

.Carlyle in particular was a strong influence on Emerson; Emerson would later serve as an unofficial literary agent in the United States for Carlyle.^ We sometimes meet men under some strong moral influence, as a patriotic, a literary, a religious movement, and feel that the moral sentiment rules man and nature.
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The two would maintain correspondence until Carlyle's death in 1881.[34]
Emerson returned to the United States on October 9, 1833, and lived with his mother in Newton, Massachusetts until November 1834, when he moved to Concord, Massachusetts to live with his step-grandfather Dr. Ezra Ripley at what was later named The Old Manse.[35] .In 1835, he bought a house on the Cambridge and Concord Turnpike in Concord, Massachusetts, now open to the public as the Ralph Waldo Emerson House,[36] and quickly became one of the leading citizens in the town.^ When she has points to carry, she carries them - Ralph Waldo Emerson .

^ Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882) American Transcendentalist philosopher, essayist, poet and writer.

^ In 1814 the price of provisions became so high in Boston that Mrs. Emerson and her family took refuge in Concord with Dr. Ripley, with whom they spent a year.

He married his second wife Lydia Jackson in her home town of Plymouth, Massachusetts[37] on September 14, 1835.[38] He called her Lidian and she called him Mr. Emerson.[39] Their children were Waldo, Ellen, Edith, and Edward Waldo Emerson. Ellen was named for his first wife, at Lidian's suggestion.[40]
.Another of Emerson's bright and promising younger brothers, Charles, born in 1808, died in 1836, also of consumption,[41] making him the third young person in Emerson's innermost circle to die in a period of a few years.^ He had not as yet shown evidence of remarkable ability; his brothers Edward and Charles entirely eclipsed him.

^ This same year Emerson's first child, a boy "of wonderful promise," was born, but he lived only five years.

^ Charles Emerson was a born orator, who would have conferred on the Republic rare gifts of genius had he lived.

Emerson lived a financially conservative lifestyle.[42] He had inherited some wealth after his wife's death, though he brought a lawsuit against the Tucker family in 1836 to get it.[43] He received $11,674.79 in July 1837.[44]

Literary career and Transcendentalism

Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1859
.Emerson and other like-minded intellectuals founded the Transcendental Club, which served as a center for the movement.^ In 1836, on the day of the two-hundredth anniversary of the founding of Harvard College, Emerson and others met and discussed the state of philosophy and theology.

.Its first official meeting was held on September 19, 1836.[45] Emerson anonymously published his first essay, Nature, in September 1836. A year later, on August 31, 1837, Emerson delivered his now-famous Phi Beta Kappa address, "The American Scholar",[46] then known as "An Oration, Delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Cambridge"; it was renamed for a collection of essays in 1849.[47] In the speech, Emerson declared literary independence in the United States and urged Americans to create a writing style all their own and free from Europe.^ It was published in September, 1836.

^ His first lecture was delivered in November, 1883, before the Boston Society of Natural History.

^ He still officiated occasionally as a minister, but the reception of his Phi Beta Kappa oration on "The American Scholar;" given August 31, 1837 cut the last thread of attachment.

[48] James Russell Lowell, who was a student at Harvard at the time, called it "an event without former parallel on our literary annals".[49] Another member of the audience, Reverend John Pierce, called it "an apparently incoherent and unintelligible address".[50]
.In 1837, Emerson befriended Henry David Thoreau.^ "My dear Henry [David Thoreau], A frog was made to live in a swamp, but a man was not made to live in a swamp.

.Though they had likely met as early as 1835, in the fall of 1837, Emerson asked Thoreau, "Do you keep a journal?"^ The child asks, 'Mamma, why don't I like the story as well as when you told it me yesterday?'
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^ They eat your service like apples, and leave you out.
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^ When we see an eager assailant of one of these wrongs, a special reformer, we feel like asking him, What right have you, sir, to your one virtue?
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The question went on to have a lifelong inspiration for Thoreau.[51]
.On July 15, 1838,[52] Emerson was invited to Divinity Hall, Harvard Divinity School for the school's graduation address, which came to be known as his "Divinity School Address". Emerson discounted Biblical miracles and proclaimed that, while Jesus was a great man, he was not God: historical Christianity, he said, had turned Jesus into a "demigod, as the Orientals or the Greeks would describe Osiris or Apollo".[53] His comments outraged the establishment and the general Protestant community.^ A still greater shock came from the discourse which Emerson delivered in July, 1838, on the graduation day of the Divinity School.

^ "Every man is a divinity in disguise, a god playing the fool."

^ In like manner, let a man fall into the divine circuits, and he is enlarged.
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For this, he was denounced as an atheist,[53] and a poisoner of young men's minds. Despite the roar of critics, he made no reply, leaving others to put forward a defense. He was not invited back to speak at Harvard for another thirty years.[54]
.The Transcendental group began to publish its flagship journal, The Dial, in July 1840.[55] They planned the journal as early as October 1839, but work did not begin until the first week of 1840.[56] George Ripley was its managing editor[57] and Margaret Fuller was its first editor, having been hand-chosen by Emerson after several others had declined the role.^ They did not examine him, and he was "approbated to preach" by the Middlesex Association of Ministers in October, 1826, and on the fifteenth of that month delivered his first public sermon at Waltham.

^ With health restored and established, he reached New York early in October, after a voyage which lasted more than a month; and, having rejoined his mother at Newton, where she was then living, he began to preach and lecture as occasion offered.

^ Thus was started The Dial, which became the organ of the so-called transcendental movement, though the first number did not appear till July, 1840.

[58] .Fuller stayed on for about two years and Emerson took over, utilizing the journal to promote talented young writers including William Ellery Channing and Thoreau.^ In 1814 the price of provisions became so high in Boston that Mrs. Emerson and her family took refuge in Concord with Dr. Ripley, with whom they spent a year.

^ Emerson had at first declined to have editorial control of The Dial, but when, after two years of uphill struggle, Margaret Fuller relinquished it, he took hold most unwillingly and kept it along for two years more at some expense of money and much expense of worry.

^ After he graduated he for two years assisted his brother William in a school for young ladies established in his mother's house, and when William went to Göttingen to study divinity, he remained another year in sole charge.

[51]
In January 1842, Emerson's first son Waldo died from scarlet fever.[59] .Emerson wrote of his grief in the poem "Threnody" ("For this losing is true dying"),[60] and the essay "Experience". In the same year, William James was born, and Emerson agreed to be his godfather.^ "She is seventeen years old and very beautiful by universal consent," he wrote his brother William.

^ This same year Emerson's first child, a boy "of wonderful promise," was born, but he lived only five years.

^ The minister of this church and occupant of this mansion was the Rev. William Emerson, who on the 25th of May, 1803, wrote in his diary: "This day, whilst I was at dinner at Governor Strong's, my son Ralph Waldo was born."

It was in 1842 that Emerson published Essays, his second book, which included the famous essay, "Self-Reliance." His aunt called it a "strange medley of atheism and false independence," but it gained favorable reviews in London and Paris. .This book, and its popular reception, more than any of Emerson's contributions to date laid the groundwork for his international fame.^ Emerson was at first more interested in having the right of free discussion upheld than in the deeper question beyond.

^ An imaginative book renders us much more service at first, by stimulating us through its tropes, than afterward when we arrive at the precise sense of the author.
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.Bronson Alcott announced his plans in November 1842 to find "a farm of a hundred acres in excellent condition with good buildings, a good orchard and grounds".[62] Charles Lane purchased a 90-acre (360,000 m2) farm in Harvard, Massachusetts in May 1843 for what would become Fruitlands, a community based on Utopian ideals inspired in part by Transcendentalism.^ The ox must be taken from the plough and the horse from the cart, the hundred acres of the farm must be spaded, and the man must walk, wherever boats and locomotives will not carry him.
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^ What would be base, or even obscene, to the obscene, becomes illustrious, spoken in a new connexion of thought.
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^ It takes a good deal of time to eat or to sleep, or to earn a hundred dollars, and a very little time to entertain a hope and an insight which becomes the light of our life.
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[63] .The farm would run based on a communal effort, using no animals for labor, and its participants would eat no meat and use no wool or leather.^ Others attacked the system of agriculture, the use of animal manures in farming, and the tyranny of man over brute nature; these abuses polluted his food.
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^ One apostle thought all men should go to farming, and another that no man should buy or sell, that the use of money was the cardinal evil; another that the mischief was in our diet, that we eat and drink damnation.
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[64] Emerson said he felt "sad at heart" for not engaging in the experiment himself.[65] Even so, he did not feel Fruitlands would be a success. ."Their whole doctrine is spiritual", he wrote, "but they always end with saying, Give us much land and money".[66] Even Alcott admitted he was not prepared for the difficulty in operating Fruitlands.^ He and his daughter went up the Nile to Philæ, but on the whole he was disappointed with the sacred land: "the people despise us," he wrote, "because we are helpless babies who cannot speak or understand a word they say; the sphynxes scorn dunces; the obelisks, the temple-walls, defy us with their histories which we cannot spell."

^ A sympathetic person is placed in the dilemma of a swimmer among drowning men, who all catch at him, and if he give so much as a leg or a finger they will drown him.
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^ "The moment a man says, "give up your rights, here is money," there is tyranny.

"None of us were prepared to actualize practically the ideal life of which we dreamed. So we fell apart", he wrote.[67] After its failure, Emerson helped buy a farm for Alcott's family in Concord[66] which Alcott named "Hillside".[67]
The Dial ceased publication in April 1844; Horace Greeley reported it as an end to the "most original and thoughtful periodical ever published in this country".[68]
Emerson made a living as a popular lecturer in New England and much of the rest of the country. From 1847 to 1848, he toured England, Scotland, and Ireland.[69] He also visited Paris between the February Revolution and the bloody June Days. When he arrived, he saw the stumps where trees had been cut down to form barricades in the February riots. On May 21 he stood on the Champ de Mars in the midst of mass celebrations for concord, peace and labor. .He wrote in his journal: "At the end of the year we shall take account, & see if the Revolution was worth the trees."^ How strongly I have felt of pictures that when you have seen one well, you must take your leave of it; you shall never see it again.
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[70] He had begun lecturing in 1833; by the 1850s he was giving as many as 80 per year.[71] .Emerson spoke on a wide variety of subjects and many of his essays grew out of his lectures.^ "Young Emerson Speaks: Unpublished Discourses on Many Subjects" edited by Arthur Cushman McGiffert ) .

.He charged between $10 and $50 for each appearance, bringing him about $800 to $1,000 per year.^ We have enough to live and bring the year about, but not an ounce to impart or to invest.
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[72] His earnings allowed him to expand his property, buying eleven acres of land by Walden Pond and a few more acres in a neighboring pine grove. He wrote that he was "landlord and waterlord of 14 acres, more or less".[66]
In 1845, Emerson's journals show he was reading the Bhagavad Gita and Henry Thomas Colebrooke's Essays on the Vedas.[73] Emerson was strongly influenced by the Vedas, and much of his writing has strong shades of nondualism. One of the clearest examples of this can be found in his essay "The Over-soul":
We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles. .Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related, the eternal ONE. And this deep power in which we exist and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one.^ All things exist in the man tinged with the manners of his soul.
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^ Every man is an impossibility until he is born; every thing impossible until we see a success.
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^ It is all idle talking: as much as a man is a whole, so is he also a part; and it were partial not to see it.
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.We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are shining parts, is the soul.^ He knows why the plain or meadow of space was strewn with these flowers we call suns and moons and stars; why the great deep is adorned with animals, with men, and gods; for in every word he speaks he rides on them as the horses of thought.
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^ It is all idle talking: as much as a man is a whole, so is he also a part; and it were partial not to see it.
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[74]
Emerson was introduced to Indian philosophy when reading the works of French philosopher Victor Cousin.[75]
.In February 1852, Emerson and James Freeman Clarke and William Henry Channing edited an edition of the works and letters of Margaret Fuller, who had died in 1850.[76] Within a week of her death, her New York editor Horace Greeley suggested to Emerson that a biography of Fuller, to be called Margaret and Her Friends, be prepared quickly "before the interest excited by her sad decease has passed away".[77] Published with the title The Memoirs of Margaret Fuller Ossoli,[78] Fuller's words were heavily censored or rewritten.^ Character repudiates intellect, yet excites it; and character passes into thought, is published so, and then is ashamed before new flashes of moral worth.
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^ "The new individual must work out the whole problem of science, letters and theology for himself; can owe his fathers nothing."

^ The journey did him good, however, and on his return to Italy he began to work on a new edition of his poems.

[79] .The three editors were not concerned about accuracy; they believed public interest in Fuller was temporary and that she would not survive as a historical figure.^ Men are all secret believers in it, else the word justice would have no meaning: they believe that the best is the true; that right is done at last; or chaos would come.
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[80] .Even so, for a time, it was the best-selling biography of the decade and went through thirteen editions before the end of the century.^ Through one field only we went to the boat and then left all time, all science, all history, behind us and entered into Nature with one stroke of a paddle.

[78]
.Walt Whitman published the innovative poetry collection Leaves of Grass in 1855 and sent a copy to Emerson for his opinion.^ Walt Whitman, 1855 ) .

Emerson responded positively, sending a flattering five-page letter as a response.[81] .Emerson's approval helped the first edition of Leaves of Grass stir up significant interest[82] and convinced Whitman to issue a second edition shortly thereafter.^ Emerson was at first more interested in having the right of free discussion upheld than in the deeper question beyond.

^ In 1836 Emerson helped to introduce to American readers Carlyle's "Sartor Resartus," which had the distinction of selling the first edition and a thousand copies besides, before it was put into book form in England.

[83] .This edition quoted a phrase from Emerson's letter, printed in gold leaf on the cover: "I Greet You at the Beginning of a Great Career".[84] Emerson took offense that this letter was made public[85] and later became more critical of the work.^ I greet you at the beginning of a great career.

^ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes and Quotations Men achieve a certain greatness unawares, when working to another aim.

^ Positive Quotes Add to Favorite List Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.

[86]

Civil War years

Though Emerson was anti-slavery, he did not immediately become active in the abolitionist movement. .He voted for Abraham Lincoln in 1860, but Emerson was disappointed that Lincoln was more concerned about preserving the Union than eliminating slavery outright.^ Emerson was at first more interested in having the right of free discussion upheld than in the deeper question beyond.

[87] .Once the American Civil War broke out, Emerson made it clear that he believed in immediate emancipation of the slaves.^ The next month he made a little speech at the unveiling of Mr. Daniel C. French's "Minute Man," and this is believed to be the last piece written out with his own hand.

[88] .Emerson gave a public lecture in Washington, D.C. on January 31, 1862, and declared: "The South calls slavery an institution...^ George Ticknor, who taught modern languages, and Edward Everett, Greek professor, gave lectures, and Emerson attended them with profit.

I call it destitution... .Emancipation is the demand of civilization".[89] The next day, February 1, his friend Charles Sumner took him to meet Lincoln at the White House; his misgivings about Lincoln began to soften after this meeting.^ Education Quotes Add to Favorite List He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.

^ "He who has a thousand friends has not one friend to spare, And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere."

[90]
.On May 6, 1862, Emerson's protege Henry David Thoreau died of tuberculosis at the age of 44 and Emerson delivered his eulogy.^ "My dear Henry [David Thoreau], A frog was made to live in a swamp, but a man was not made to live in a swamp.

.Emerson would continuously refer to Thoreau as his best friend,[91] despite a falling out that began in 1849 after Thoreau published A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.^ Thoreau was also one of Emerson's intimates, and frequently shared his week-day walks.

^ Concord, he intimated, gave him sunsets, forests, snowstorms, and river views, which were more to him than friends, but Plymouth!

^ In 1849 Emerson's separate addresses and "Nature" were published in one volume, and the next year came "Representative Men."

[92] Another friend, Nathaniel Hawthorne, died two years after Thoreau in 1864. Emerson served as one of the pallbearers as Hawthorne was buried in Concord, as Emerson wrote, "in a pomp of sunshine and verdure".[93]

Final years and death

Emerson's grave in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery
Beginning as early as the summer of 1871 or in the spring of 1872, Emerson was losing his memory[94] and suffered from aphasia.[95] By the end of the decade, he forgot his own name at times and, when anyone asked how he felt, he responded, "Quite well; I have lost my mental faculties, but am perfectly well".[96]
.Emerson's Concord home caught fire on July 24, 1872; Emerson called for help from neighbors and, giving up on putting out the flames, all attempted to save as many objects as possible.^ He put out all his strength.

^ Lyman was a descendant of Anne Hutchinson, whom Emerson's ancestor, Peter Bulkeley, had helped to drive out of Massachusetts; but a warm friendship quickly sprang up between the brilliant and beautiful woman and the pale young student, whom she called an angel unawares.

^ We sat in the aurora of a sunrise which was to put out all the stars.
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[97] The fire was put out by Ephraim Bull, Jr., the one-armed son of Ephraim Wales Bull.[98] .Donations were collected by friends to help the Emersons rebuild, including $5,000 gathered by Francis Cabot Lowell, another $10,000 collected by LeBaron Russell Briggs, and a personal donation of $1,000 from George Bancroft.^ Francis Cabot Lowell brought him an envelope containing $5000.

^ Nearly $12,000 more were contributed to rebuild the house, and while the work was in progress he was persuaded to make another journey abroad, to visit London, Italy, and Egypt.

[99] .Support for shelter was offered as well; though the Emersons ended up staying with family at the Old Manse, invitations came from Anne Lynch Botta, James Elliot Cabot, James Thomas Fields and Annie Adams Fields.^ Hawthorne lived for four years in Concord, occupying the old Manse, but, though he was a great walker, he is known to have walked with Emerson only once, when they went together to visit the Shakers at Lebanon.

[100] The fire marked an end to Emerson's serious lecturing career; from then on, he would lecture only on special occasions and only in front of familiar audiences.[101]
While the house was being rebuilt, Emerson took a trip to England, the main European continent, and Egypt. He left on October 23, 1872, along with his daughter Ellen[102] while his wife Lidian spent time at the Old Manse and with friends.[103] .Emerson and his daughter Ellen returned to the United States on the ship Olympus along with friend Charles Eliot Norton on April 15, 1873.[104] Emerson's return to Concord was celebrated by the town and school was canceled that day.^ He had preached temporarily at Concord, N. H., and there he met Miss Ellen Louisa Tucker, the daughter of a former Boston merchant.

^ A still greater shock came from the discourse which Emerson delivered in July, 1838, on the graduation day of the Divinity School.

[95]
.In late 1874, Emerson published an anthology of poetry called Parnassus, which included poems by Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Julia Caroline Dorr, Jean Ingelow, Lucy Larcom, Jones Very, as well as Thoreau and several others.^ The following year his anthology of collected poems, "Parnassus," was published, and he was asked to be one of the candidates for the lord rectorship of Glasgow University.

^ Lowell was even more severe on Emerson's poetry.

[105] .The anthology was originally prepared as early as the fall of 1871 but was delayed when the publishers asked for revisions.^ The following year his anthology of collected poems, "Parnassus," was published, and he was asked to be one of the candidates for the lord rectorship of Glasgow University.

[106]
.The problems with his memory had become embarrassing to Emerson and he ceased his public appearances by 1879. As Holmes wrote, "Emerson is afraid to trust himself in society much, on account of the failure of his memory and the great difficulty he finds in getting the words he wants.^ So in this great society wide lying around us, a critical analysis would find very few spontaneous actions.
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^ When afterwards he comes to unfold it in propitious circumstance, it seems the only talent; he is delighted with his success, and accounts himself already the fellow of the great.
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^ A man who is not happy in the company cannot find any word in his memory that will fit the occasion.
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It is painful to witness his embarrassment at times".[96]
On April 19, 1882, Emerson went walking despite having an apparent cold and was caught in a sudden rain shower. Two days later, he was diagnosed with pneumonia.[107] He died on April 27, 1882. Emerson is buried in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, Concord, Massachusetts.[108] He was placed in his coffin wearing a white robe given by American sculptor Daniel Chester French.[109]

Lifestyle and beliefs

Ralph Waldo Emerson in later years
Emerson's religious views were often considered radical at the time. .He believed that all things are connected to God and, therefore, all things are divine.^ Therefore, the divine Providence which keeps the universe open in every direction to the soul, conceals all the furniture and all the persons that do not concern a particular soul, from the senses of that individual.
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^ "Let a man not resist the law of his own mind, and he will be filled with the divinity which flows through all things."

^ God Quotes Add to Favorite List In nature, nothing can be given, all things are sold.

[110] Critics believed that Emerson was removing the central God figure; as Henry Ware, Jr. said, Emerson was in danger of taking away "the Father of the Universe" and leaving "but a company of children in an orphan asylum".[111] Emerson was partly influenced by German philosophy and Biblical criticism.[112] His views, the basis of Transcendentalism, suggested that God does not have to reveal the truth but that the truth could be intuitively experienced directly from nature.[113]
Emerson did not become an ardent abolitionist until later in his life, though his journals show he was concerned with slavery beginning in his youth. When he was young, he even dreamed about helping to free slaves, though he was not a strong public abolitionist voice at the time. In June 1856, shortly after Charles Sumner, a United States Senator, was beaten for his staunch abolitionist views, Emerson lamented that he himself was not as committed to the cause. .He wrote, "There are men who as soon as they are born take a bee-line to the axe of the inquisitor...^ A sympathetic person is placed in the dilemma of a swimmer among drowning men, who all catch at him, and if he give so much as a leg or a finger they will drown him.
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^ "Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world."

^ There is a class of men, individuals of which appear at long intervals, so eminently endowed with insight and virtue that they have been unanimously saluted as divine, and who seem to be an accumulation of that power we consider.
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Wonderful the way in which we are saved by this unfailing supply of the moral element".[114] After Sumner's attack, Emerson began to speak out about slavery. ."I think we must get rid of slavery, or we must get rid of freedom", he said at a meeting at Concord that summer.^ We must reconcile the contradictions as we can, but their discord and their concord introduce wild absurdities into our thinking and speech.
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^ "To make good the cause of Freedom against Slavery you must be ...

[115] Emerson used slavery as an example of a human injustice, especially in his role as a minister. In early 1838, provoked by the murder of an abolitionist publisher from Alton, Illinois named Elijah Parish Lovejoy, Emerson gave his first public antislavery address. .As he said, "It is but the other day that the brave Lovejoy gave his breast to the bullets of a mob, for the rights of free speech and opinion, and died when it was better not to live".[114] John Quincy Adams said the mob-murder of Lovejoy "sent a shock as of any earthquake throughout this continent".[116] However, Emerson maintained that reform would be achieved through moral agreement rather than by militant action.^ It has better days, and more of them, than any other country."

^ It is commonly said by farmers that a good pear or apple costs no more time or pains to rear than a poor one; so I would have no work of art, no speech, or action, or thought, or friend, but the best.
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^ Emerson said of her: "She tramples on the common humanities all day, and they rise as ghosts and torment her all night."

By August 1, 1844, at a lecture in Concord, he stated more clearly his support for the abolitionist movement. He stated, "We are indebted mainly to this movement, and to the continuers of it, for the popular discussion of every point of practical ethics".[117]
There is evidence suggesting that Emerson may have been bisexual.[118] During his early years at Harvard, he found himself "strangely attracted" to a young freshman named Martin Gay about whom he wrote sexually charged poetry.[119][120] Gay would be only the first of his infatuations and interests, with Nathaniel Hawthorne numbered among them.[121]

Legacy

Ralph Waldo Emerson postage stamp issued in 1940
.As a lecturer and orator, Emerson—nicknamed the Concord Sage—became the leading voice of intellectual culture in the United States.^ In 1814 the price of provisions became so high in Boston that Mrs. Emerson and her family took refuge in Concord with Dr. Ripley, with whom they spent a year.

[122] Herman Melville, who had met Emerson in 1849, originally thought he had "a defect in the region of the heart" and a "self-conceit so intensely intellectual that at first one hesitates to call it by its right name", though he later admitted Emerson was "a great man".[123] Theodore Parker, a minister and Transcendentalist, noted Emerson's ability to influence and inspire others: "the brilliant genius of Emerson rose in the winter nights, and hung over Boston, drawing the eyes of ingenuous young people to look up to that great new start, a beauty and a mystery, which charmed for the moment, while it gave also perennial inspiration, as it led them forward along new paths, and towards new hopes".[124]
.In his book The American Religion, Harold Bloom repeatedly refers to Emerson as "The prophet of the American Religion," which in the context of the book refers to indigenously American and gnostic-tinged religions such as Mormonism and Christian Science that arose largely in Emerson's lifetime.^ We require that a man should be so large and columnar in the landscape, that it should deserve to be recorded that he arose, and girded up his loins, and departed to such a place.
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In The Western Canon, Harold Bloom compares Emerson to Michel de Montaigne: "The only equivalent reading experience that I know is to reread endlessly in the notebooks and journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson, the American version of Montaigne."[125]
.In May 2006, 168 years after Emerson delivered his "Divinity School Address," Harvard Divinity School announced the establishment of the Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Professorship.^ After he graduated he for two years assisted his brother William in a school for young ladies established in his mother's house, and when William went to Göttingen to study divinity, he remained another year in sole charge.

^ In 1849 Emerson's separate addresses and "Nature" were published in one volume, and the next year came "Representative Men."

^ A still greater shock came from the discourse which Emerson delivered in July, 1838, on the graduation day of the Divinity School.

[126] Harvard has also named a building, Emerson Hall (1900), after him.[127]
Emerson Hill, a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Staten Island is named for his eldest brother, Judge William Emerson, who resided there from 1837 to 1864.[128]

Selected works

Representative Men (1850)
Collections
  • Poems (1847)
  • Representative Men (1850)
  • English Traits (1856)
  • The Conduct of Life (1860)
  • May Day and Other Poems (1867)
  • Society and Solitude (1870)
  • Letters and Social Aims (1876)
Essays
Poems

See also

Notes

  1. ^ New Thought at MSN Encarta. Retrieved Nov. 16, 2007.
  2. ^ Cheever, 80
  3. ^ Ward, p. 389.
  4. ^ Sullivan, 3.
  5. ^ Cheever, 76.
  6. ^ McAleer, 12.
  7. ^ a b Baker, 3
  8. ^ McAleer, 40
  9. ^ Richardson, 22–23
  10. ^ Baker, 35
  11. ^ McAleer, 44
  12. ^ McAleer, 52
  13. ^ Richardson, 11
  14. ^ McAleer, 53
  15. ^ Richardson, 6
  16. ^ McAleer, 61
  17. ^ Buell, 13
  18. ^ Field, Peter S., Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Making of a Democratic Intellectual, Rowman & Littlefield, 2003, ISBN 0847688437, 9780847688432
  19. ^ Richardson, 29
  20. ^ McAleer, 66
  21. ^ Richardson, 35
  22. ^ Richardson, 36-37
  23. ^ Richardson, 37
  24. ^ Packer, 36–37
  25. ^ Cheever, 78
  26. ^ McAleer, 105
  27. ^ Richardson, 108
  28. ^ Cheever, 79
  29. ^ Baker, 11
  30. ^ Sullivan, 6
  31. ^ Packer, 39
  32. ^ McAleer, 132
  33. ^ Baker, 23
  34. ^ Packer, 40.
  35. ^ Sullivan, 8
  36. ^ Wilson, Susan. Literary Trail of Greater Boston. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000: 127. ISBN 0-618-05013-2
  37. ^ Lydia (Jackson) Emerson was a descendant of Abraham Jackson, one of the original proprietors of Plymouth, who married the daughter of Nathaniel Morton, longtime Secretary of the Plymouth Colony.
  38. ^ Sullivan, 9
  39. ^ Richardson, 192
  40. ^ Baker, 86
  41. ^ Richardson, 38-40
  42. ^ Cheever, 86
  43. ^ Cheever, 82
  44. ^ McAleer, 108
  45. ^ Baker, 53
  46. ^ Sullivan, 13
  47. ^ Buell, 45
  48. ^ Watson, Peter. Ideas: A History of Thought and Invention, from Fire to Freud. New York: Harper Perennial, 2005: 688. ISBN 978-0-06-093564-1
  49. ^ Mowat, R. B. The Victorian Age. London: Senate, 1995: 83. ISBN 1-85958-161-8
  50. ^ Menand, Louis. The Metaphysical Club: A Story of Ideas in America. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2001: 18. ISBN 0-374-19963-9
  51. ^ a b Buell, 121
  52. ^ Packer, 73
  53. ^ a b Buell, 161
  54. ^ Sullivan, 14
  55. ^ Gura, 129
  56. ^ Von Mehren, 120
  57. ^ Slater, Abby. In Search of Margaret Fuller. New York: Delacorte Press, 1978: 61–62. ISBN 0-440-03944-4
  58. ^ Gura, 128–129
  59. ^ Cheever, 93
  60. ^ McAleer, 313
  61. ^ The Bedside Baccalaureate, David Rubel, ed. (Sterling 2008), p. 153.
  62. ^ Baker, 218
  63. ^ Packer, 148
  64. ^ Richardson, 381
  65. ^ Baker, 219
  66. ^ a b c Packer, 150
  67. ^ a b Baker, 221
  68. ^ Gura, 130
  69. ^ Buell, 31
  70. ^ Allen, Gay Wilson. Waldo Emerson. New York: Penguin Books, 1982: 512–514.
  71. ^ Richardson, 418
  72. ^ Sullivan, 16
  73. ^ Sachin N. Pradhan, India in the United States: Contribution of India and Indians in the United States of America, Bethesda, MD: SP Press International, Inc., 1996, p 12.
  74. ^ The Over-Soul from Essays: First Series (1841)
  75. ^ Richardson, 114
  76. ^ Baker, 321
  77. ^ Von Mehren, 340
  78. ^ a b Von Mehren, 343
  79. ^ Blanchard, Paula. Margaret Fuller: From Transcendentalism to Revolution. Reading, Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley Publishing Company, 1987: 339. ISBN 0-201-10458-X
  80. ^ Von Mehren, 342
  81. ^ Kaplan, 203
  82. ^ Callow, Philip. From Noon to Starry Night: A Life of Walt Whitman. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 1992: 232. ISBN 0929587952
  83. ^ Miller, James E., Jr. Walt Whitman. New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc. 1962: 27.
  84. ^ Reynolds, David S. Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography. New York: Vintage Books, 1995: 352. ISBN 0679767096.
  85. ^ Callow, Philip. From Noon to Starry Night: A Life of Walt Whitman. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 1992: 236. ISBN 0929587952.
  86. ^ Reynolds, David S. Walt Whitman's America: A Cultural Biography. New York: Vintage Books, 1995: 343. ISBN 0679767096.
  87. ^ McAleer, 569–570
  88. ^ Richardson, 547
  89. ^ Baker, 433
  90. ^ McAleer, 570
  91. ^ Richardson, 548
  92. ^ Packer, 193
  93. ^ Baker, 448
  94. ^ Baker, 502
  95. ^ a b Richardson, 569
  96. ^ a b McAleer, 629
  97. ^ Richardson, 566
  98. ^ Baker, 504
  99. ^ Baker, 506
  100. ^ McAleer, 613
  101. ^ Richardson, 567
  102. ^ Richardson, 568
  103. ^ Baker, 507
  104. ^ McAleer, 618
  105. ^ Richardson, 570
  106. ^ Baker, 497
  107. ^ Richardson, 572
  108. ^ Sullivan, 25
  109. ^ McAleer, 662
  110. ^ Richardson, 538
  111. ^ Buell, 165
  112. ^ Packer, 23
  113. ^ Hankins, Barry. The Second Great Awakening and the Transcendentalists. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 2004: 136. ISBN 0-313-31848-4
  114. ^ a b McAleer, 531
  115. ^ Packer, 232
  116. ^ Richardson, 269
  117. ^ Lowance, Mason (2000). Against Slavery: An Abolitionist Reader. Penguin Classics. pp. 301–302. ISBN 0140437584. 
  118. ^ Shand-Tucci, Douglas (2003). The Crimson Letter. New York: St Martens Press. pp. 15–16. ISBN 0-312-19896-5. 
  119. ^ Kaplan, 248
  120. ^ Richardson, 9
  121. ^ Kaplan, 249
  122. ^ Buell, 34
  123. ^ Sullivan, 123
  124. ^ Baker, 201
  125. ^ Bloom, Harold. The Western Canon. London: Papermac. 147–148.
  126. ^ Harvard Divinity School (May 2006). "Emerson Unitarian Universalist Association Professorship Established at Harvard Divinity School". Press release. http://www.hds.harvard.edu/news/pr/emerson_uu.html. Retrieved 2007-02-22. 
  127. ^ Department of Philosophy of Harvard University
  128. ^ http://www.nypl.org/branch/staten/index2.cfm?Trg=1&d1=1391 Staten Island on the Web: Famous Staten Islanders

Sources

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  • Buell, Lawrence (2003). Emerson. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press. ISBN ISBN 0-674-01139-2. 
  • Cheever, Susan (2006). .American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau; Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work.^ Quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson .

    ^ Major Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson .

    ^ Nathan Haskell Dole, 1899 (Introduction to Early Poems of Ralph Waldo Emerson) .

    Detroit: Thorndike Press. ISBN 078629521X.
     
  • Gura, Philip F (2007). American Transcendentalism: A History. New York: Hill and Wang. ISBN 978-0-8090-3477-2. 
  • Kaplan, Justin (1979). Walt Whitman: A Life. New York: Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0671225421. 
  • McAleer, John (1984). .Ralph Waldo Emerson: Days of Encounter.^ Quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson .

    ^ Major Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson .

    ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson .

    Boston: Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 0316553417.
     
  • Packer, Barbara L. (2007). The Transcendentalists. The University of Georgia Press. ISBN 9780820329581. 
  • Richardson, Robert D., Jr. (1995). Emerson: The Mind on Fire. Berkeley, California: University of California Press. ISBN 0-520-08808-5. 
  • Sullivan, Wilson (1972). New England Men of Letters. New York: The Macmillan Company. ISBN 0027886808. 
  • Von Mehren, Joan (1994). Minerva and the Muse: A Life of Margaret Fuller. Amherst, Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts Press. ISBN 1-55849-015-9. 
  • Ward, Julius H. (1887). The Andover Review. Houghton Mifflin. 

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    ^ In the imitator something else is natural, and he bereaves himself of his own beauty, to come short of another man's.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ The man who renounces himself, comes to himself.
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    • The Divinity College Address (1838)
  • 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.
  • Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which animates all whom it floats, and you are without effort impelled to truth, to right and a perfect contentment.
  • I fancy I need more than another to speak (rather than write), with such a formidable tendency to the lapidary style.^ "Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.famouspoetsandpoems.com [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ But speak the truth, and all nature and all spirits help you with unexpected furtherance.
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    ^ "All spiritual or real power makes its own place."

    .I build my house of boulders.^ I build my house of boulders.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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  • Yet a man may love a paradox, without losing either his wit or his honesty.^ Without it, he is not yet man.
    • The American Scholar by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.nationalcenter.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Yet a man may love a paradox, without losing either his wit or his honesty.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Letter to Thomas Carlyle ( 1841 - 10-30 ) Yet a man may love a paradox, without losing either his wit or his honesty.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • Literature is the effort of man to indemnify himself for the wrongs of his condition.^ Literature is the effort of man to indemnify himself for the wrongs of his condition.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Walter Savage Landor , from The Dial , XII (1841) Literature is the effort of man to indemnify himself for the wrongs of his condition.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Walter Savage Landor , from The Dial , XII There is always a certain meanness in the argument of conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • Walter Savage Landor, from The Dial, XII
  • There is always a certain meanness in the argument of conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact.^ Walter Savage Landor , from The Dial , XII There is always a certain meanness in the argument of conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There is always a certain meanness in the argument of conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "There is always a certain meanness in the argument of conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact."

    .
  • 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 ...^ The Conservative (1842) 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 ...
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The two parties which divide the state, the party of Conservation and that of Innovation, are very old, and have disputed the possession of the world ever since it was made.
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    ^ 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 ...
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    .Now one, now the other gets the day, and still the fight renews itself as if for the first time, under new names and hot personalities ...^ Now one, now the other gets the day, and still the fight renews itself as if for the first time, under new names and hot personalities ...
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ 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.

    ^ By love on one part and by forbearance to press objection on the other part, it is for a time settled, that we will look at him in the centre of the horizon, and ascribe to him the properties that will attach to any man so seen.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Innovation is the salient energy; Conservatism the pause on the last movement.^ Innovation is the salient energy; Conservatism the pause on the last movement.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • The Conservative, via Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Cycles of American History (Houghton Mifflin, 1986) p.^ Natural History of Intellect and Other Papers (Boston: Houghton, Mifflin, 1893; London: Routledge, 1893).
      • Ralph Waldo Emerson : The Poetry Foundation : Find Poems and Poets. Discover Poetry. 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.poetryfoundation.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ The Conservative, via Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., The Cycles of American History (Houghton Mifflin, 1986) p.
      • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • Self-reliance, the height and perfection of man, is reliance on God.^ Self-reliance, the height and perfection of man, is reliance on God.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "A man is a god in ruins" and "man is the dwarf of himself": these Emersonian formulations are Hamlet-like in spirit, and can be as self-destructive as Hamlet was.
    • Harold Bloom: The sage of concord | Books | The Guardian 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

    ^ He always insisted that he wanted no followers, but sought to give man back to himself, as a self-reliant individual.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson encyclopedia topics | Reference.com 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.reference.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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  • I am not blind to the worth of the wonderful gift of "LEAVES OF GRASS." I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed.^ The Fugitive Slave Law (1854) I am not blind to the worth of the wonderful gift of "LEAVES OF GRASS." I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Dear Sir, I am not blind to the worth of the wonderful gift of "Leaves of Grass."

    ^ I am not blind to the worth of the wonderful gift of 'LEAVES OF GRASS.' I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet contributed.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    .I am very happy in reading it, as great power makes us happy.^ I am very happy in reading it, as great power makes us happy.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Bashful or bold, then, he will know how to make us seniors very unnecessary.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ So in this great society wide lying around us, a critical analysis would find very few spontaneous actions.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .It meets the demand I am always making of what seemed the sterile and stingy nature, as if too much handiwork, or too much lymph in the temperament, were making our western wits fat and mean.^ It meets the demand I am always making of what seemed the sterile and stingy nature, as if too much handiwork, or too much lymph in the temperament, were making our western wits fat and mean.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Our life seems not present so much as prospective; not for the affairs on which it is wasted, but as a hint of this vast-flowing vigor.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Thus we feed on genius, and refresh ourselves from too much conversation with our mates, and exult in the depth of nature in that direction in which he leads us.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes :: Quoteland :: Quotations by Author 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quoteland.com [Source type: Original source]


    .I give you joy of your free and brave thought.^ I give you joy of your free and brave thought.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ I say to him, How can you give me this pot of oil or this flagon of wine when all your oil and wine is mine, which belief of mine this gift seems to deny?
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, -- that is genius.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    I have great joy in it. .I find incomparable things said incomparably well, as they must be.^ I find incomparable things said incomparably well, as they must be.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Philosophy Professor | Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.philosophyprofessor.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They are the sowers, their sons shall be the reapers, and their sons, in the ordinary course of things, must yield the possession of the harvest to new competitors with keener eyes and stronger frames.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The ruling class must have more, but they must have these, giving in every company the sense of power, which makes things easy to be done which daunt the wise.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I find the courage of treatment which so delights us, and which large perception only can inspire.^ I find the courage of treatment which so delights us, and which large perception only can inspire.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ I find the courage of treatment, which so delights us, and which large perception only can inspire.


    .I greet you at the beginning of a great career, which yet must have had a long foreground somewhere, for such a start.^ I greet you at the beginning of a great career.

    ^ I greet you at the beginning of a great career, which yet must have had a long foreground somewhere, for such a start.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Immortality will come to such as are fit for it, and he who would be a great soul in future, must be a great soul now.

    .I rubbed my eyes a little, to see if this sunbeam were no illusion; but the solid sense of the book is a sober certainty.^ "Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them."
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    ^ I rubbed my eyes a little, to see if this sunbeam were no illusion; but the solid sense of the book is a sober certainty.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.
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    .It has the best merits, namely, of fortifying and encouraging…
  • Classics which at home are drowsily read have a strange charm in a country inn, or in the transom of a merchant brig.^ It has the best merits, namely, of fortifying and encouraging… Letter to Walt Whitman , thanking him for a copy of Leaves of Grass (July 21, 1855) Classics which at home are drowsily read have a strange charm in a country inn, or in the transom of a merchant brig.
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    ^ It has the best merits, namely, of fortifying and encouraging: Classics which at home are drowsily read have a strange charm in a country inn, or in the transom of a merchant brig.
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    ^ Letters to Walt Whitman, 1855.

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  • I find the Englishman to be him of all men who stands firmest in his shoes.^ I find the Englishman to be him of all men who stands firmest in his shoes.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ English Traits (1856) I find the Englishman to be him of all men who stands firmest in his shoes.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Education Quotes Add to Favorite List I find the Englishman to be him of all men who stands firmest in his shoes.

    .They have in themselves what they value in their horses, — mettle and bottom.^ They have in themselves what they value in their horses, — mettle and bottom.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They have in themselves what they value in their horses, - mettle and bottom.
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    ^ They sat very carelessly in their chairs, and were too excellent themselves, to value any condition at a high rate.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • English Traits (1856)
  • Solvency is maintained by means of a national debt, on the principle, "If you will not lend me the money, how can I pay you?"^ English Traits (1856) Solvency is maintained by means of a national debt, on the principle, "If you will not lend me the money, how can I pay you?"
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ In English Traits (1856) he would praise that great preserve of Anglo-Saxondom ambiguously, suggesting that the strength of the race might well be shifting to "the Alleghany ranges."

    ^ English Traits (1856) I find the Englishman to be him of all men who stands firmest in his shoes.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • English Traits (1856), reprinted in The Prose Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Vol.^ Ralph Waldo Emerson , from "Boston Hymn" , "The Atlantic Monthly", February, 1863 .
      • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes :: Quoteland :: Quotations by Author 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quoteland.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Works of Michel de Montaigne / [with] an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

      ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** Talent finds its models, methods, and ends in society, exists for exhibition, and goes to the soul only for power to work.
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      .2, (Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1870), p.^ (Boston: Fields, Osgood, & Co., 1870), p.
      • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Twelve Chapters (Boston: Fields, Osgood, 1870; London: Sampson, Low & Marston, 1870).
      • Ralph Waldo Emerson : The Poetry Foundation : Find Poems and Poets. Discover Poetry. 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.poetryfoundation.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      .206 (full text at GoogleBooks)
  • Nothing can be preserved that is not good.^ Nothing can be preserved that is not good.
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    ^ GoogleBooks ) Nothing can be preserved that is not good.
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    • In Praise of Books (1860)
  • Never read any book that is not a year old.^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** Never read a book that is not a year old.
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    ^ Never read a book that is not a year old.
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    ^ Never read any book that is not a year old.
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    • In Praise of Books
  • If the colleges were better, if they ...^ In Praise of Books If the colleges were better, if they ...
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If the colleges were better, if they really had it, you would nee    new .
    • The Outer Banks - Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis. --Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC killdevilhill.com [Source type: General]

    ^ If the colleges were better, if they ...
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    had the power of imparting valuable thought, creative principles, truths which become powers, thoughts which become talents, — if they could cause that a mind not profound should become profound, — we should all rush to their gates: instead of contriving inducements to draw students, you would need to set police at the gates to keep order in the in-rushing multitude. .
    • The Celebration of Intellect (1861)
  • Only the great generalizations survive. The sharp words of the Declaration of Independence, lampooned then and since as 'glittering generalities,' have turned out blazing ubiquities that will burn forever and ever.^ The Celebration of Intellect (1861) Only the great generalizations survive.
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    ^ Only the great generalizations survive.
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    ^ The sharp words of the Declaration of Independence, lampooned then and since as 'glittering generalities,' have turned out blazing ubiquities that will burn forever and ever.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • A lecture on 'Books' delivered in 1864; the quoted phrase 'glittering generalities' had been used by Rufus Choate to describe the declaration of the rights of man in the Preamble to the Constitution (The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson (1903-4) Vol.^ Works of Michel de Montaigne / [with] an essay by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

      ^ Nature and art / by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

      ^ Criticism about Ralph Waldo Emerson.

      10, p. .88, note 1).
  • A mollusk is a cheap edition [of man] with a suppression of the costlier illustrations, designed for dingy circulation, for shelving in an oyster-bank or among the seaweed.^ A mollusk is a cheap edition [of man] with a suppression of the costlier illustrations, designed for dingy circulation, for shelving in an oyster-bank or among the seaweed.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Power and Laws of Thought (c.^ Power and Laws of Thought (c.
      • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .1870)
  • Poetry teaches the enormous force of a few words, and, in proportion to the inspiration, checks loquacity.
    • Parnassus, Preface (1874)
  • There are two classes of poets — the poets by education and practice, these we respect; and poets by nature, these we love.^ Poetry teaches the enormous force of a few words, and, in proportion to the inspiration, checks loquacity.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** There are two classes of poets - the poets by education and practice, these we respect; and poets by nature, these we love.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There are two classes of poets - the poets by education and practice, these we respect; and poets by nature, these we love.
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    • Parnassus, Preface
  • What is a weed?^ Parnassus , Preface What is a weed?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .A plant whose virtues have yet to be discovered.^ A plant whose virtues have yet to be discovered.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ What is a weed A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.
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    ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** A weed is just a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
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    • Fortune of the Republic (1878)
  • The bitterest tragic element in life to be derived from an intellectual source is the belief in a brute Fate or Destiny.^ 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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    ^ Fortune of the Republic (1878) 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 *** 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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    • The Natural History of Intellect (1893)
  • All the thoughts of a turtle are turtles, and of rabbits, rabbits.^ All the thoughts of a turtle are turtles, and of rabbits, rabbits.
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    ^ "Natural History of Intellect and Other Papers", 1893 ) .

    ^ "All the thoughts of a turtle are turtle."

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    • The Natural History of Intellect
  • I regard it as the irresistible effect of the Copernican astronomy to have made the theological scheme of redemption absolutely incredible
    • Quoted in Robert D. Richardson, Jr., Emerson, the Mind On Fire (Univ.^ I regard it as the irresistible effect of the Copernican astronomy to have made the theological scheme of redemption absolutely incredible Quoted in Robert D. Richardson, Jr., Emerson, the Mind On Fire (Univ.
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      ^ The Natural History of Intellect I regard it as the irresistible effect of the Copernican astronomy to have made the theological scheme of redemption absolutely incredible Quoted in Robert D. Richardson, Jr., Emerson, the Mind On Fire (Univ.
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      ^ In the next three years, 1868'70, he read at Harvard a number of lectures on "The Natural History of the Mind," which have not been collected.

      of .Calif Press 1995), p124
  • What is there in 'Paradise Lost' to elevate and astonish like Herschel or Somerville?^ Calif Press 1995), p124 What is there in 'Paradise Lost' to elevate and astonish like Herschel or Somerville?
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    ^ Calif Press 1995), p124 To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.
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    ^ Calif Press 1995), p124 [ edit ] Journals (1822 - 1863) .
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    • Quoted in Robert D. Richardson, Jr., Emerson, the Mind On Fire (Univ.^ Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Richardson, Robert D. Jr., 1995, Emerson: The Mind on Fire , Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press Rusk, Ralph L., 1949, The Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson , New York: Scribners Whicher, Stephen, 1953, Freedom and Fate: An Inner Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson , Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press Other Internet Resources .
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      ^ I regard it as the irresistible effect of the Copernican astronomy to have made the theological scheme of redemption absolutely incredible Quoted in Robert D. Richardson, Jr., Emerson, the Mind On Fire (Univ.
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      ^ Quoted in Robert D. Richardson, Jr., Emerson, the Mind On Fire (Univ.
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      of Calif Press 1995), p124

Journals (1822 - 1863)

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I wish to write such rhymes as shall not suggest a restraint, but contrariwise the wildest freedom.
  • To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.
    • 20 December 1822
  • 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.^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** 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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    ^ December 1822 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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    ^ November 1838 I wish to write such rhymes as shall not suggest a restraint, but contrariwise the wildest freedom.
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    • 10 December 1824
  • The Religion that is afraid of science dishonours God and commits suicide.^ December 1824 The Religion that is afraid of science dishonours God and commits suicide.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The Religion that is afraid of science dishonours God and commits suicide.
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    ^ The Religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.
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    .It acknowledges that it is not equal to the whole of truth, that it legislates, tyrannizes over a village of God's empires but is not the immutable universal law.^ It acknowledges that it is not equal to the whole of truth, that it legislates, tyrannizes over a village of God's empires but is not the immutable universal law.
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    ^ And as far as it is a question of fact respecting the government of the Universe, Marcus Antoninus summed the whole in a word, “It is pleasant to die, if there be gods; and sad to live, if there be none.” .

    .Every influx of atheism, of skepticism is thus made useful as a mercury pill assaulting and removing a diseased religion and making way for truth.^ Every influx of atheism, of skepticism is thus made useful as a mercury pill assaulting and removing a diseased religion and making way for truth.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Thus man is made equal to every event.

    ^ With great force and beauty of language he attacked the formalism of contemporary religion, and the traditional limited way of using the mind of Christ .

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    • 4 March 1831
  • Four snakes gliding up and down a hollow for no purpose that I could see — not to eat, not for love, but only gliding.^ Four snakes gliding up and down a hollow for no purpose that I could see - not to eat, not for love, but only gliding.
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    ^ March 1831 Four snakes gliding up and down a hollow for no purpose that I could see — not to eat, not for love, but only gliding.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Four snakes gliding up and down a hollow for no purpose that I could see-not to eat, not for love, but only gliding."

    • 11 April 1834
  • Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.
    • 1836
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The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
  • Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
    • 8 November 1838
  • I wish to write such rhymes as shall not suggest a restraint, but contrariwise the wildest freedom.
    • 27 June 1839
  • Children are all foreigners.^ "Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted."
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    ^ November 1842 The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
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    ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
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    • 25 September 1839
  • The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence.^ The best effort of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.
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    ^ The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence.
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    ^ Power Quotes Add to Favorite List The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence.

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    • 1839
  • You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said God; you shall not have both.
    • October 1842
  • Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions.^ October 1842 Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
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    ^ Do your thing and I shall know you."

    .All life is an experiment.^ All life is an experiment.
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    ^ All life is an experience.

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

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    • 11 November 1842
  • The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.^ November 1842 The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
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    ^ "The sky is the daily bread of the eyes."
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    • 25 May 1843
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Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote.
^ I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote.
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^ Man Quotes Add to Favorite List Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such as are in the institution wish to get out, and such as are out wish to get in.

I hate quotation. .Tell me what you know.
  • Poetry must be new as foam, and as old as the rock.
    • March 1845
  • I owed a magnificent day to the Bhagavad Gita.^ Tell me what you know."
    • Philosophy Professor | Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.philosophyprofessor.com [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Personal Appearance Quotes Add to Favorite List Poetry must be as new as foam, and as old as the rock.

    ^ Tell me what you know.
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    .It was the first of books; it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us.^ It was the first of books; it was as if an empire spoke to us, nothing small or unworthy, but large, serene, consistent, the voice of an old intelligence which in another age and climate had pondered and thus disposed of the same questions which exercise us.
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    ^ Familiar as the voice of the mind is to each, the highest merit we ascribe to Moses, Plato, and Milton is, that they set at naught books and traditions, and spoke not what men but what they thought.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Cheever's effort does serve as a spur to reread or discover books by the Concord authors, a service to those of us here in the twenty-first century.
    • American Bloomsbury: Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau: Their Lives, Their Loves, Their Work (Hardcover) by Susan Cheever - Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.goodreads.com [Source type: General]

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    • 1 October 1848
  • Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote.^ I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote.
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    ^ October 1848 Immortality.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Man Quotes Add to Favorite List Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such as are in the institution wish to get out, and such as are out wish to get in.

    I hate quotation. .Tell me what you know.
    • May 1849: This is a remark Emerson wrote referring to the unreliability of second hand testimony and worse upon the subject of immortality.^ Tell me what you know."
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      ^ Tell me what you know.
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      ^ May 1849: This is a remark Emerson wrote referring to the unreliability of second hand testimony and worse upon the subject of immortality.
      • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .It is often taken out of proper context, and has even begun appearing on the internet as "I hate quotations.^ It is often taken out of proper context, and has even begun appearing on the internet as "I hate quotations.
      • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .Tell me what you know" or sometimes just "I hate quotations."
  • Blessed are those who have no talent!^ Tell me what you know."

    ^ Tell me what you know.
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    ^ Tell me what you know" or sometimes just "I hate quotations."
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    • February 1850
  • The word liberty in the mouth of Mr. Webster sounds like the word love in the mouth of a courtesan. .
    • 12 February 1851; compare the remark of John Wilkes about Samuel Johnson, "Liberty is as ridiculous in his mouth as Religion in mine" (20 March 1778), quoted in The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) by James Boswell
  • I trust a good deal to common fame, as we all must.^ February 1851; compare the remark of John Wilkes about Samuel Johnson , " Liberty is as ridiculous in his mouth as Religion in mine" (20 March 1778), quoted in The Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) by James Boswell I trust a good deal to common fame, as we all must.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I trust a good deal to common fame, as we all must.
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    ^ And in common life, whosoever has seen a person of powerful character and happy genius, will have remarked how easily he took all things along with him, -- the persons, the opinions, and the day, and nature became ancillary to a man.
    • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

    .If a man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.^ If a man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs, to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.
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    ^ The more experiments you make the better.
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    ^ The more experiments you make, the better.

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    • February 1855
  • The blazing evidence of immortality is our dissatisfaction with any other solution.^ February 1855 The blazing evidence of immortality is our dissatisfaction with any other solution.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The blazing evidence of immortality is our dissatisfaction with any other solution.
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    • July 1855
  • I have been writing & speaking what were once called novelties, for twenty five or thirty year, & have not now one disciple.^ July 1855 I have been writing & speaking what were once called novelties, for twenty five or thirty year, & have not now one disciple.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There are twenty ways of going to a point, and one is the shortest; but set out at once on one.

    ^ One Day Quotes Add to Favorite List Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

    Why? .Not that what I said was not true; not that it has not found intelligent receivers but because it did not go from any wish in me to bring men to me, but to themselves.
    I delight in driving them from me.^ Not that what I said was not true; not that it has not found intelligent receivers but because it did not go from any wish in me to bring men to me, but to themselves.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The poet, in utter solitude remembering his spontaneous thoughts and recording them, is found to have recorded that, which men in crowded cities find true for them also.
    • The American Scholar by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.nationalcenter.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And so we can overcome death as Jesus did, because it is not true.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

    .What could I do, if they came to me?^ What could I do, if they came to me?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    — they would interrupt and encumber me. .This is my boast that I have no school & no follower.^ This is my boast that I have no school & no follower.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I should account it a measure of the impurity of insight, if it did not create independence.^ I should account it a measure of the impurity of insight, if it did not create independence.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    • April 1859

Nature (1836)

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If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown!
  • Our age is retrospective.^ If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare."
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    ^ Introduction If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown!
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown!
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    .It builds the sepulchres of the fathers.^ It builds the sepulchres of the fathers.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

    .It writes biographies, histories, and criticism.^ It writes biographies, histories, and criticism.
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    .The foregoing generation beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes.^ The foregoing generation beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ The foregoing generations beheld God and nature face to face; we, through their eyes.
    • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "We see God face to face every hour, and know the savor of Nature."
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - eQuotes - A Famous Quotes Wiki 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC equotes.wetpaint.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe.^ Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe?
    • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Why should not we also enjoy an original relation to the universe.
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    ^ The major thesis of the essay, in Emerson's words, is that we should now "enjoy an original relation to the universe," and not become dependent on past experiences of others and on holy books, creeds and dogma.
    • PAL: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC web.csustan.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs?^ Why should not we have a poetry and philosophy of insight and not of tradition, and a religion by revelation to us, and not the history of theirs?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Religion sanctifies aspects of ancient history and complains about today; it loves forms and traditions and the testimony of others better than life itself.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson : The Poetry Foundation : Find Poems and Poets. Discover Poetry. 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.poetryfoundation.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ In 1836, having finished a course of twelve lectures on the "Philosophy of History," he was asked to repeat them in various places, though the one on "Religion" gave some offence.

    .
    • Introduction
  • Undoubtedly we have no questions to ask which are unanswerable.^ Introduction Undoubtedly we have no questions to ask which are unanswerable.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It asks no questions of the Supreme Power.

    ^ Undoubtedly we have no questions to ask which are unanswerable.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    .We must trust the perfection of the creation so far, as to believe that whatever curiosity the order of things has awakened in our minds, the order of things can satisfy.^ We must trust the perfection of the creation so far, as to believe that whatever curiosity the order of things has awakened in our minds, the order of things can satisfy.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]
    • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ That exultation is only to be checked by the foresight of an order of things so excellent as to throw all our prosperities into the deepest shade.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The critics who complain of the sickly separation of the beauty of nature from the thing to be done, must consider that our hunting of the picturesque is inseparable from our protest against false society.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Every man's condition is a solution in hieroglyphic to those inquiries he would put.^ Every man's condition is a solution in hieroglyphic to those inquiries he would put.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare."
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - eQuotes - A Famous Quotes Wiki 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC equotes.wetpaint.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ A circle of men perfectly well-bred would be a company of sensible persons in which every man's native manners and character appeared.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .He acts it as life, before he apprehends it as truth.^ He acts it as life, before he apprehends it as truth.
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    • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Before a leaf-bud has burst, its whole life acts; in the full-blown flower there is no more; in the leafless root there is no less.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • Introduction
  • If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.^ Introduction If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown!
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If the Stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown!
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

    • Ch. .1, Nature
  • The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence.^ Nature The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence.
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    • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ To the dull mind all nature is leaden.
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    .Nature never wears a mean appearance.
    Neither does the wisest man extort her secret, and lose his curiosity by finding out all her perfection.^ Neither does the wisest man extort her secret, and lose his curiosity by finding out all her perfection.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Nature never wears a mean appearance.
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    ^ Nature Standing on the bare ground, — my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, — all mean egotism vanishes.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Nature never became a toy to a wise spirit.^ Nature never became a toy to a wise spirit.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

    .The flowers, the animals, the mountains, reflected the wisdom of his best hour, as much as they had delighted the simplicity of his childhood.^ The flowers, the animals, the mountains, reflected the wisdom of his best hour, as much as they had delighted the simplicity of his childhood.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And not in vain have they worn their clay coat, and drudged in their fields, and shuffled in their Bruin dance, from year to year, if they have truly learned thus much wisdom.

    ^ To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom We do what we must, and call it by the best names we can.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    • Ch. 1, Nature
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The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence.
^ The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]
  • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ Nature The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

^ But his operations taken together are so insignificant, a little chipping, baking, patching, and washing, that in an impression so grand as that of the world on the human mind, they do not vary the result.
  • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

.Nature never wears a mean appearance.
  • The charming landscape which I saw this morning, is indubitably made up of some twenty or thirty farms.^ The charming landscape which I saw this morning, is indubitably made up of some twenty or thirty farms.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Nature never wears a mean appearance.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We mean the integrity of impression made by manifold natural objects.
    • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

    .Miller owns this field, Locke that, and Manning the woodland beyond.^ Miller owns this field, Locke that, and Manning the woodland beyond.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

    .But none of them owns the landscape.^ But none of them owns the landscape.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet. This is the best part of these men's farms, yet to this their warranty-deeds give no title.^ There are no comments yet for this article.
    • RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... - Online Information article about RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC encyclopedia.jrank.org [Source type: General]

    ^ "Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men."
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - eQuotes - A Famous Quotes Wiki 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC equotes.wetpaint.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ That in which there were yet no philosophers."

    .To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature.^ To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .Most persons do not see the sun.^ Most persons do not see the sun.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    .At least they have a very superficial seeing.
    The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.^ "People only see what they are prepared to see."
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - eQuotes - A Famous Quotes Wiki 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC equotes.wetpaint.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eyes and the heart of the child.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

    .The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.^ The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]
    • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ 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 tranquillity which religion is powerless to bestow.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ That, like all the rest, plays about the surface, and never introduces me into the reality, for contact with which we would even pay the costly price of sons and lovers.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food.
    • Ch.^ His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food.
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      .1, Nature
  • Standing on the bare ground, — my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, — all mean egotism vanishes.^ Nature Standing on the bare ground, — my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, — all mean egotism vanishes.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Standing on the bare ground-my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space-all mean egotism vanishes.

    ^ Standing on the bare ground, - my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, - all mean egotism vanishes.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    .I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God.
    • Ch.^ I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God."

      ^ I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God.
      • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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      ^ And so lovely, and with yet more entire consent of my human being, sounds in my ear the severe music of the bards that have sung of the true God in all ages.
      • An Address / Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

      .1, Nature
  • Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous.^ "Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous."

    ^ Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]
    • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Nature Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    • Ch. .3, Beauty
  • Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
    • Ch.^ "Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact."
      • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - eQuotes - A Famous Quotes Wiki 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC equotes.wetpaint.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ "Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
      • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - eQuotes - A Famous Quotes Wiki 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC equotes.wetpaint.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Beauty Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.
      • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

      .4, Language
  • We are, like Nebuchadnezzar, dethroned, bereft of reason, and eating grass like an ox.^ We are, like Nebuchadnezzar, dethroned, bereft of reason, and eating grass like an ox.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Language We are, like Nebuchadnezzar, dethroned, bereft of reason, and eating grass like an ox.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    • Ch. .8, Prospects
  • A man is a god in ruins.^ "A man is a god in ruins.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - eQuotes - A Famous Quotes Wiki 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC equotes.wetpaint.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ A man is a god in ruins.
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    ^ Prospects A man is a god in ruins.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    • Ch. 8, Prospects

The American Scholar (1837)

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  • Success treads on every right step.^ Success treads on every right step.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • The American Scholar by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.nationalcenter.org [Source type: Original source]

    .For the instinct is sure, that prompts him to tell his brother what he thinks.^ For the instinct is sure, that prompts him to tell his brother what he thinks.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .He then learns, that in going down into the secrets of his own mind, he has descended into the secrets of all minds.^ He then learns that in going down into the secrets of his own mind he has descended into the secrets of all minds.
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    ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** He then learns that in going down into the secrets of his own mind he has descended into the secrets of all minds.
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    ^ He then learns, that in going down into the secrets of his own mind, he has descended into the secrets of all minds.
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    .He learns that he who has mastered any law in his private thoughts, is master to that extent of all men whose language he speaks, and of all into whose language his own can be translated.
  • Wherever Macdonald sits, there is the head of the table.
  • The soul is subject to dollars.
  • In how many churches, by how many prophets, tell me, is man made sensible that he is an infinite Soul; that the earth and heavens are passing into his mind; that he is drinking forever the soul of God?
  • The world is nothing, the man is all; in yourself is the law of all nature, and you know not yet how a globule of sap ascends; in yourself slumbers the whole of Reason; it is for you to know all, it is for you to dare all.
  • I had better never see a book than to be warped by its attraction clean out of my own orbit, and made a satellite instead of a system.^ So much of nature as he is ignorant of, so much of his own mind does he not yet possess.
    • The American Scholar by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.nationalcenter.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

    ^ Take the book, my friend, and read your eyes out, you will never find there what I find.
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    .The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul.
  • Character is higher than intellect...A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.
  • What would we really know the meaning of?^ A great soul will be strong to live, as well as strong to think.
    • The American Scholar by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.nationalcenter.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ What is the hardest thing in the world To think.
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    ^ A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: Original source]

    The meal in the firkin; the milk in the pan; the ballad in the street; the news of the boat; the glance of the eye; the form and the gait of the body; — show me the ultimate reason of these matters; show me the sublime presence of the highest spiritual cause lurking, as always it does lurk, in these suburbs and extremities of nature; let me see every trifle bristling with the polarity that ranges it instantly on an eternal law; and the shop, the plough, and the ledger, referred to the like cause by which light undulates and poets sing; — and the world lies no longer a dull miscellany and lumber-room, but has form and order; there is no trifle; there is no puzzle; but one design unites and animates the farthest pinnacle and the lowest trench.
  • Do not yet see, that, if the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him.
  • We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds...A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men.

Literary Ethics (1838)

Address to the Literary Societes of Dartmouth College (24 July 1838)
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  • You will hear every day the maxims of a low prudence. You will hear, that the first duty is to get land and money, place and name.^ With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of you first.
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    ^ Speak what you think now in hard words and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.--'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.'--Is it so bad then to be misunderstood?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ When the Yunani sage arrived at Balkh, the Persians tell us, Gushtasp appointed a day on which the Mobeds of every country should assemble, and a golden chair was placed for the Yunani sage.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ."What is this Truth you seek?^ "What is this Truth you seek?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek my own.
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    What is this Beauty?" men will ask, with derision. .If, nevertheless, God have called any of you to explore truth and beauty, be bold, be firm, be true.^ If, nevertheless, God have called any of you to explore truth and beauty, be bold, be firm, be true.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek my own.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .When you shall say, "As others do, so will I. I renounce, I am sorry for it, my early visions; I must eat the good of the land, and let learning and romantic expectations go, until a more convenient season."^ When you shall say, "As others do, so will I. I renounce, I am sorry for it, my early visions; I must eat the good of the land, and let learning and romantic expectations go, until a more convenient season."
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Our day of dependence, our long apprenticeship to the learning of other lands," he said, "draws to a close."
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson : The Poetry Foundation : Find Poems and Poets. Discover Poetry. 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.poetryfoundation.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ As we go back in history, language becomes more picturesque, until its infancy, when it is all poetry; or all spiritual facts are represented by natural symbols.
    • Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oregonstate.edu [Source type: Original source]

    — then dies the man in you; then once more perish the buds of art, and poetry, and science, as they have died already in a thousand thousand men.
    .The hour of that choice is the crisis of your history; and see that you hold yourself fast by the intellect.^ The hour of that choice is the crisis of your history; and see that you hold yourself fast by the intellect.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It makes no difference what you say, you must make me feel that you are aloof from it; by your natural and supernatural advantages do easily see to the end of it,—do see how man can do without it.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ How strongly I have felt of pictures that when you have seen one well, you must take your leave of it; you shall never see it again.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ... .Bend to the persuasion which is flowing to you from every object in Nature, to be its tongue to the heart of man, and to show the besotted world how passing fair is wisdom.
  • Explore, and explore, and explore.^ Bend to the persuasion which is flowing to you from every object in Nature, to be its tongue to the heart of man, and to show the besotted world how passing fair is wisdom.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If there be one lesson more than another, which should pierce his ear, it is, The world is nothing, the man is all; in yourself is the law of all nature, and you know not yet how a globule of sap ascends; in yourself slumbers the whole of Reason; it is for you to know all, it is for you to dare all.
    • The American Scholar by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.nationalcenter.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Every man's nature is a sufficient advertisement to him of the character of his fellows.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Be neither chided nor flattered out of your position of perpetual inquiry.^ Be neither chided nor flattered out of your position of perpetual inquiry.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Neither dogmatise yourself, nor accept another's dogmatism.
    Why should you renounce your right to traverse the star-lit deserts of truth, for the premature comforts of an acre, house, and barn?^ Neither dogmatise yourself, nor accept another's dogmatism.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Why should you renounce your right to traverse the star-lit deserts of truth, for the premature comforts of an acre, house, and barn?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which animates all whom it floats, and you are without effort impelled to truth, to right and a perfect contentment.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    .Truth also has its roof, and bed, and board. Make yourself necessary to the world, and mankind will give you bread, and if not store of it, yet such as shall not take away your property in all men's possessions, in all men's affections, in art, in nature, and in hope.
  • Thought is all light, and publishes itself to the universe.^ Make yourself necessary to somebody.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: Original source]
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Do your thing and I shall know you."

    ^ "Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men."
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - eQuotes - A Famous Quotes Wiki 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC equotes.wetpaint.com [Source type: Original source]

    .It will speak, though you were dumb, by its own miraculous organ.
    It will flow out of your actions, your manners, and your face.^ It will speak, though you were dumb, by its own miraculous organ.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It will flow out of your actions, your manners, and your face.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Speak what you think now in hard words; and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today."

    .It will bring you friendships.^ It will bring you friendships.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .It will impledge you to truth by the love and expectation of generous minds.^ It will impledge you to truth by the love and expectation of generous minds.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You will soon love what is dictated by your nature as well as mine, and, if we follow the truth, it will bring us out safe at last.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Do you see yourself in him, loving freedom and truth?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

    By virtue of the laws of that Nature, which is one and perfect, it shall yield every sincere good that is in the soul, to the scholar beloved of earth and heaven.

Essays: First Series (1841)

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  • And what fastens attention, in the intercourse of life, like any passage betraying affection between two parties?^ And what fastens attention, in the intercourse of life, like any passage betraying affection between two parties?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Between eighteen and twenty, life is like an exchange where one buys stocks, not with money, but with actions.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The best of life is conversation, and the greatest success is confidence, or perfect understanding between two people.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.jittery.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Perhaps we never saw them before, and never shall meet them again.^ Perhaps we never saw them before, and never shall meet them again.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Perhaps we never saw them before and never shall meet them again.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes :: Quoteland :: Quotations by Author 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quoteland.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is not that he does not see all the fine houses, and know that he never saw such before, but he disposes of them as easily as the poet finds place for the railway.
    • EMERSON - ESSAYS - THE POET 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.vcu.edu [Source type: Original source]

    .But we see them exchange a glance, or betray a deep emotion, and we are no longer strangers.^ But we see them exchange a glance, or betray a deep emotion, and we are no longer strangers.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    .We understand them, and take the warmest interest in the development of the romance.^ We understand them and take the warmest interest in the development of the romance.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes :: Quoteland :: Quotations by Author 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quoteland.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We understand them, and take the warmest interest in the development of the romance.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .All mankind love a lover.^ "All mankind love a lover."

    ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** All mankind love a lover.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ All mankind love a lover.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]
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    • Love
  • The ancestor of every action is a thought.^ The ancestor of every action is a thought.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Love The ancestor of every action is a thought.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson More quotations on: [ Women ] *** The ancestor of every action is a thought.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

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    • Spiritual Laws
  • Heroism feels and never reasons and therefore is always right.^ Heroism feels and never reasons and therefore is always right.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Spiritual Laws Heroism feels and never reasons and therefore is always right.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But far be from me the despair which prejudges the law by a paltry empiricism;—since there never was a right endeavor but it succeeded.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • Heroism
  • It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, — "Always do what you are afraid to do."^ It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, - 'Always do what you are afraid to do.'
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Heroism It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, — "Always do what you are afraid to do."
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Always do what you are afraid to do.
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    • Heroism
  • All our progress is an unfolding, like the vegetable bud.^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Heroism All our progress is an unfolding, like the vegetable bud.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud, and fruit.^ You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud, and fruit.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Instincts Quotes Add to Favorite List You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud and fruit.

    ^ You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: Original source]
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    .Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.^ Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: Original source]
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Decisions Quotes Add to Favorite List Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.

    ^ Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: Original source]
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.jittery.com [Source type: Original source]
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    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

    It is vain to hurry it. .By trusting it to the end it shall ripen into truth, and you shall know why you believe.^ Do your thing and I shall know you."

    ^ By trusting it to the end it shall ripen into truth, and you shall know why you believe.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Why should you renounce your right to traverse the star-lit deserts of truth, for the premature comforts of an acre, house, and barn?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    • Intellect

History

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  • Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind and when the same thought occurs in another man, it is the key to that era.
  • These hints, dropped as it were from sleep and night, let us use in broad day.^ Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Every man is an inlet to the same and to all of the same.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** The key to every man is his thought.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

    .The student is to read history actively and not passively; to esteem his own life the text, and books the commentary.^ The student is to read history actively and not passively; to esteem his own life the text, and books the commentary.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    .Thus compelled, the Muse of history will utter oracles, as never to those who do not respect themselves.^ Thus compelled, the Muse of history will utter oracles, as never to those who do not respect themselves.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Thus is he, as I think, the only soul in history who has appreciated the worth of a man.
    • An Address / Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC infomotions.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Stearns, who, with intellect as keen as ever, still lives to speak eloquently of those great days, thus tells the story of that epic gathering.
    • Life of Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.aboutemerson.com [Source type: Original source]

    .I have no expectation that any man will read history aright, who thinks that what was done in a remote age, by men whose names have resounded far, has any deeper sense than what he is doing to-day.
  • Time dissipates to shining ether the solid angularity of facts.
  • History must be this or it is nothing.^ Time dissipates to shining ether the solid angularity of facts.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ History must be this or it is nothing.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ I have no expectation that any man will read history aright, who thinks that what was done in a remote age, by men whose names have resounded far, has any deeper sense than what he is doing to-day.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    .Every law which the state enacts indicates a fact in human nature; that is all.^ Every law which the state enacts indicates a fact in human nature; that is all.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Genius believes its faintest presentiment against the testimony of all history, for it knows that facts are not ultimates, but that a state of mind is the ancestor of everything."

    ^ It is the old revelation, that perfect beauty is perfect goodness, it is the development of the wonderful congruities of the moral law of human nature.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

    .We must in ourselves see the necessary reason of every fact, — see how it could and must be.
  • There is properly no history; only biography.
  • Nature is a mutable cloud, which is always and never the same.
  • Why should we make account of time, or of magnitude, or of figure?^ Why should we make account of time, or of magnitude, or of figure?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "There is no unemployed force in Nature.

    ^ In nature, there are no false valuations.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The soul knows how to play with them as a young child plays with graybeards and in churches.
  • It is the fault of our rhetoric that we cannot strongly state one fact without seeming to belie some other.
  • There is one mind common to all individual men.^ There is one mind common to all individual men.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There is in all the sons of men .

    ^ It seems he knows how to speak to his contemporaries.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Every man is an inlet to the same and to all of the same.^ Every man is an inlet to the same and to all of the same.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for his competitors, for it is that which all are practising every day while they live.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for his competitors, for it is that which all are practising every day while they live.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]
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    .He that is once admitted to the right of reason is made a freeman of the whole estate.^ He that is once admitted to the right of reason is made a freeman of the whole estate.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .What Plato has thought, he may think; what a saint has felt, he may feel; what at any time has befallen any man, he can understand.^ What Plato has thought, he may think; what a saint has felt, he may feel; what at any time has befallen any man, he can understand.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Man is timid and apologetic; he is no longer upright; he dares not say `I think,' `I am,' but quotes some saint or sage.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Who hath access to this universal mind is a party to all that is or can be done, for this is the only and sovereign agent.
  • All that Shakespeare says of the king, yonder slip of a boy that reads in the corner feels to be true of himself.
  • The difference between men is in their principle of association.^ All that Shakespeare says of the king, yonder slip of a boy that reads in the corner feels to be true of himself.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Who hath access to this universal mind is a party to all that is or can be done, for this is the only and sovereign agent.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ The difference between men is in their principle of association.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .Some men classify objects by color and size and other accidents of appearance; others by intrinsic likeness, or by the relation of cause and effect.^ Some men classify objects by color and size and other accidents of appearance; others by intrinsic likeness, or by the relation of cause and effect.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Strong men believe in cause and effect.
    • VI WORSHIP 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC ebooks.adelaide.edu.au [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Worship Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances...Strong men believe in cause and effect.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The progress of the intellect is to the clearer vision of causes, which neglects surface differences.^ (Redirected from Emerson ) Jump to: navigation , search The progress of the intellect is to the clearer vision of causes, which neglects surface differences.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The progress of the intellect is to the clearer vision of causes, which neglects surface differences.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine.
    For the eye is fastened on the life, and slights the circumstance.^ For the eye is fastened on the life, and slights the circumstance.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Every chemical substance, every plant, every animal in its growth, teaches the unity of cause, the variety of appearance.
  • When the voice of a prophet out of the deeps of antiquity merely echoes to him a sentiment of his infancy, a prayer of his youth, he then pierces to the truth through all the confusion of tradition and the caricature of institutions.^ When the voice of a prophet out of the deeps of antiquity merely echoes to him a sentiment of his infancy, a prayer of his youth, he then pierces to the truth through all the confusion of tradition and the caricature of institutions.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ "Every chemical substance, every plant, every animal in its growth, teaches the unity of cause, the variety of appearance."

    ^ Every chemical substance, every plant, every animal in its growth, teaches the unity of cause, the variety of appearance.
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    .Rare, extravagant spirits come by us at intervals, who disclose to us new facts in nature.^ Rare, extravagant spirits come by us at intervals, who disclose to us new facts in nature.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ He is great who is what he is from Nature, and who never reminds us of others.
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    ^ Therefore we love the poet, the inventor, who in any form, whether in an ode or in an action or in looks and behavior has yielded us a new thought.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I see that men of God have, from time to time, walked among men and made their commission felt in the heart and soul of the commonest hearer.
  • I am ashamed to see what a shallow village tale our so-called History is.
  • Broader and deeper we must write our annals, from an ethical reformation, from an influx of the ever new, ever sanative conscience, if we would trulier express our central and wide-related nature, instead of this old chronology of selfishness and pride to which we have too long lent our eyes.^ I am ashamed to see what a shallow village tale our so-called History is.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Broader and deeper we must write our annals, from an ethical reformation, from an influx of the ever new, ever sanative conscience, if we would trulier express our central and wide-related nature, instead of this old chronology of selfishness and pride to which we have too long lent our eyes.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ I see that men of God have, from time to time, walked among men and made their commission felt in the heart and soul of the commonest hearer.
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    .Already that day exists for us, shines in on us at unawares, but the path of science and of letters is not the way into nature.^ Already that day exists for us, shines in on us at unawares, but the path of science and of letters is not the way into nature.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ For if in any manner we can stimulate this instinct, new passages are opened for us into nature; the mind flows into and through things hardest and highest, and the metamorphosis is possible.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Through one field only we went to the boat and then left all time, all science, all history, behind us and entered into Nature with one stroke of a paddle.

    The idiot, the Indian, the child, and unschooled farmer's boy, stand nearer to the light by which nature is to be read, than the dissector or the antiquary.

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  • I read the other day some verses written by an eminent painter which were original and not conventional.^ I read the other day some verses written by an eminent painter which were original and not conventional.
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    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Full text online I read the other day some verses written by an eminent painter which were original and not conventional.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I read with joy some of the auspicious signs of the coming days, as they glimmer already through poetry and art, through philosophy and science, through church and state.
    • The American Scholar by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.nationalcenter.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The soul always hears an admonition in such lines, let the subject be what it may.
    The sentiment they instil is of more value than any thought they may contain.^ They receive of the soul as he also receives, but they more.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The soul always hears an admonition in such lines, let the subject be what it may.
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    ^ The sentiment they instil is of more value than any thought they may contain.
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    .To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, — that is genius. Speak your latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense; for the inmost in due time becomes the outmost, — and our first thought is rendered back to us by the trumpets of the Last Judgment.
  • 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.^ "To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men-that is genius."

    ^ Speak your latent conviction, and it shall be the universal sense; for the inmost in due time becomes the outmost, - and our first thought is rendered back to us by the trumpets of the Last Judgment.
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    ^ To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men, -- that is genius.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his.^ Yet he dismisses without notice his own thought, because it is his.
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    ^ Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his.
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    .In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.
  • There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but though his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till.
  • We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents.
  • Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.^ Every man for himself.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to    new .
    • The Outer Banks - Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis. --Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC killdevilhill.com [Source type: General]

    ^ They are not better, but only fitter for us.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.^ Genius Quotes Add to Favorite List Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.

    ^ Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Self-Knowledge Quotes Add to Favorite List Accept the place the divine providence has found for you.

    .Great men have always done so.
  • Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater.^ Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater.
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    ^ "Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.

    ^ Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.
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    .The virtue in most request is conformity.^ The virtue in most request is conformity.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .Self-reliance is its aversion.^ Self-reliance is its aversion.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    .It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.
  • Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist.^ "Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist."

    ^ Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.
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    ^ Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist.
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    .He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness.^ Who so would be a man, must be a nonconformist.
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    ^ He who would gather immortal palms must not be hindered by the name of goodness, but must explore if it be goodness.
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    ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** Who so would be a man, must be a nonconformist.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
    Absolve you to yourself, and you shall have the suffrage of the world.
  • Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love.^ "Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

    ^ Rough and graceless would be such greeting, but truth is handsomer than the affectation of love.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Do your thing and I shall know you."

    .Your goodness must have some edge to it, — else it is none.
    The doctrine of hatred must be preached as the counteraction of the doctrine of love when that pules and whines.^ The doctrine of hatred must be preached as the counteraction of the doctrine of love when that pules and whines.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Your goodness must have some edge to it, -- else it is none.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Your goodness must have some edge to it, — else it is none.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I shun father and mother and wife and brother, when my genius calls me.^ I shun father and mother and wife and brother, when my genius calls me.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Say to them, O father, O mother, O wife, O brother, O friend, I have lived with you after appearances hitherto.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I would write on the lintels of the door-post, Whim.^ I would write on the lintels of the door-post, Whim.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I would write on the lintels of the door-post, Whim .
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .I hope it is somewhat better than whim at last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation.^ I hope it is somewhat better than whim at last, but we cannot spend the day in explanation.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ This day shall be better than my birthday: then I became an animal; now I am invited into the science of the real.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I hope in these days we have heard the last of conformity and consistency.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Expect me not to show cause why I seek or why I exclude company.
  • Virtues are, in the popular estimate, rather the exception than the rule.^ Virtues are, in the popular estimate, rather the exception than the rule.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Expect me not to show cause why I seek or why I exclude company.
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    ^ "Expect me not to show cause why I seek or why I exclude company."

    .There is the man and his virtues.^ There is the man and his virtues.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .Men do what is called a good action, as some piece of courage or charity, much as they would pay a fine in expiation of daily non-appearance on parade.^ Men do what is called a good action, as some piece of courage or charity, much as they would pay a fine in expiation of daily non-appearance on parade.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Besides, our action on each other, good as well as evil, is so incidental and at random that we can seldom hear the acknowledgments of any person who would thank us for a benefit, without some shame and humiliation.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ A sympathetic person is placed in the dilemma of a swimmer among drowning men, who all catch at him, and if he give so much as a leg or a finger they will drown him.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Their works are done as an apology or extenuation of their living in the world, — as invalids and the insane pay a high board.^ Their works are done as an apology or extenuation of their living in the world, - as invalids and the insane pay a high board.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Their works are done as an apology or extenuation of their living in the world, — as invalids and the insane pay a high board.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We live in a very low state of the world, and pay unwilling tribute to governments founded on force.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    Their virtues are penances. .I do not wish to expiate, but to live.^ I do not wish to expiate, but to live.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .My life is for itself and not for a spectacle.
  • Ordinarily, every body in society reminds us of somewhat else, or of some other person.^ My life is for itself and not for a spectacle.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Ordinarily, every body in society reminds us of somewhat else, or of some other person.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Every end is prospective of some other end, which is also temporary; a round and final success nowhere.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Character, reality, reminds you of nothing else; it takes place of the whole creation.^ Character, reality, reminds you of nothing else; it takes place of the whole creation.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ The world is nothing, the man is all; in yourself is the law of all nature, and you know not yet how a globule of sap ascends; in yourself slumbers the whole of Reason; it is for you to know all, it is for you to dare all.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ "There is no teaching until the pupil is brought into the same state or principle in which you are; a transfusion takes place; he is you, and you are he."

    .The man must be so much, that he must make all circumstances indifferent.^ The man must be so much, that he must make all circumstances indifferent.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ But all sorts of things and weather Must be taken in together To make up a year, And a sphere.
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    ^ I am sure of this, that by going much alone a man will get more of a noble courage in thought and word than from all the wisdom that is in books.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Every true man is a cause, a country, and an age; requires infinite spaces and numbers and time fully to accomplish his design; — and posterity seem to follow his steps as a train of clients.^ Every true man is a cause, a country, and an age; requires infinite spaces and numbers and time fully to accomplish his design; -- and posterity seem to follow his steps as a train of clients.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Every true man is a cause, a country, and an age; requires infinite spaces and numbers and time fully to accomplish his design; - and posterity seem to follow his steps as a train of clients.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Every true man is a cause, a country, and an age; requires infinite spaces and numbers and time fully to accomplish his design; — and posterity seem to follow his steps as a train of clients.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .A man Caesar is born, and for ages after we have a Roman Empire.^ A man Caesar is born, and for ages after we have a Roman Empire.
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    .Christ is born, and millions of minds so grow and cleave to his genius, that he is confounded with virtue and the possible of man.^ Christ is born, and millions of minds so grow and cleave to his genius, that he is confounded with virtue and the possible of man.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man ...^ Every great institution is the lengthened shadow of a single man.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man ...
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    ^ "An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man."

    and all history resolves itself very easily into the biography of a few stout and earnest persons.
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These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God to-day.
^ These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God to-day.
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^ Could they but once understand that I loved to know that they existed, and heartily wished them God-speed, yet, out of my poverty of life and thought, had no word or welcome for them when they came to see me, and could well consent to their living in Oregon, for any claim I felt on them,—it would be a great satisfaction.
  • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

^ They are like one who has interrupted the conversation of a company to make his speech, and now has forgotten what he went to say.
  • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.There is no time to them.^ There is no time to them.
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.There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.
  • A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** 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 *** A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
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    ^ Creating Positive Change Quotes Add to Favorite List A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

    .With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.^ With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.
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    ^ Creating Positive Change Quotes Add to Favorite List With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.

    .He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall.^ He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall.
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    ^ "The lie is in the surrender of the man to his appearance; as if a man should neglect himself and treat his shadow on the wall with marks of infinite respect."

    .Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.^ Speak what you think now in hard words; and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today."

    ^ Speak what you think now in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today.

    ^ Speak what you think today in words as hard as cannon balls, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradicts everything you said today.

    .'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.'^ 'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.'
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood .'
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes :: Quoteland :: Quotations by Author 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quoteland.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.'
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    — Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? .Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh.^ Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh.
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    .To be great is to be misunderstood.
  • These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God to-day.^ "The roses under my window make no reference to former roses or better ones; they are what they are; they exist with God today.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes :: Quoteland :: Quotations by Author 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quoteland.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God to-day.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ "I accuse myself of sloth and unprofitableness day by day but when these waves of God flow into me, I no longer reckon lost time."

    .There is no time to them.^ There is no time to them.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.
    Before a leaf-bud has burst, its whole life acts; in the full-blown flower there is no more; in the leafless root there is no less.^ Before a leaf-bud has burst, its whole life acts; in the full-blown flower there is no more; in the leafless root there is no less.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ He acts it as life, before he apprehends it as truth.
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    ^ There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .Its nature is satisfied, and it satisfies nature, in all moments alike.^ Its nature is satisfied, and it satisfies nature, in all moments alike.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .But man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future.^ "The man that stands by himself, the universe stands by him also."

    ^ But man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ "A man finds out that there is somewhat in him that knows more than he does.

    .He cannot be happy and strong until he too lives with nature in the present, above time.^ He cannot be happy and strong until he too lives with nature in the present, above time.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ If at any time it comes into my head that a present is due from me to somebody, I am puzzled what to give, until the opportunity is gone.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Nature Quotes Add to Favorite List My evening visitors, if they cannot see the clock, should find the time in my face.


    .This should be plain enough.^ This should be plain enough.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .Yet see what strong intellects dare not yet hear God himself, unless he speak the phraseology of I know not what David, or Jeremiah, or Paul.^ Yet see what strong intellects dare not yet hear God himself, unless he speak the phraseology of I know not what David, or Jeremiah, or Paul.
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    ^ Yet see what strong intellects dare not yet hear God himself, unless he speak the phraseology of I know not what David , or Jeremiah , or Paul .
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The paths or methods are ideal and eternal, though few men ever see them; not the artist himself for years, or for a lifetime, unless he come into the conditions.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .We shall not always set so great a price on a few texts, on a few lives.^ We shall not always set so great a price on a few texts, on a few lives.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .We are like children who repeat by rote the sentences of grandames and tutors, and, as they grow older, of the men of talents and character they chance to see, —painfully recollecting the exact words they spoke; afterwards, when they come into the point of view which those had who uttered these sayings, they understand them, and are willing to let the words go; for, at any time, they can use words as good when occasion comes.^ When they grow older, they respect the argument.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "When the gods come among men, they are not known.
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    ^ We are like children who repeat by rote the sentences of grandames and tutors, and, as they grow older, of the men of talents and character they chance to see, -- painfully recollecting the exact words they spoke; afterwards, when they come into the point of view which those had who uttered these sayings, they understand them, and are willing to let the words go; for, at any time, they can use words as good when occasion comes.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    .If we live truly, we shall see truly.^ If we live truly, we shall see truly.
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    ^ "If we live truly, we shall see truly."

    .It is as easy for the strong man to be strong, as it is for the weak to be weak.^ It is as easy for the strong man to be strong, as it is for the weak to be weak.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .When we have new perception, we shall gladly disburden the memory of its hoarded treasures as old rubbish.^ When we have new perception, we shall gladly disburden the memory of its hoarded treasures as old rubbish.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ In the new objects we recognize the old game, the Habit of fronting the fact, and not dealing with it at second hand, through the perceptions of somebody else.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

    .When a man lives with God, his voice shall be as sweet as the murmur of the brook and the rustle of the corn.
  • You take the way from man, not to man.^ When a man lives with God, his voice shall be as sweet as the murmur of the brook and the rustle of the corn.
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    ^ You take the way from man, not to man.
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    ^ The Sage Of Concord Review of Emerson by Harold Bloom Sermons of Ralph Waldo Emerson "There is no other way for you to arrive at the voice of God but by patient listening to your own conscience."
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    .All persons that ever existed are its forgotten ministers.
    Fear and hope are alike beneath it.^ Fear and hope are alike beneath it.
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    ^ All persons that ever existed are its forgotten ministers.
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    ^ All persons exist to society by some shining trait of beauty or utility which they have.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .There is somewhat low even in hope.^ There is somewhat low even in hope.
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    .In the hour of vision, there is nothing that can be called gratitude, nor properly joy.^ In the hour of vision, there is nothing that can be called gratitude, nor properly joy.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ There is nothing we cherish and strive to draw to us but in some hour we turn and rend it.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    The soul raised over passion beholds identity and eternal causation, perceives the self-existence of Truth and Right, and calms itself with knowing that all things go well.
.
Self-existence is the attribute of the Supreme Cause, and it constitutes the measure of good by the degree in which it enters into all lower forms.
^ Self-existence is the attribute of the Supreme Cause, and it constitutes the measure of good by the degree in which it enters into all lower forms.
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^ This is the ultimate fact which we so quickly reach on this, as on every topic, the resolution of all into the ever-blessed ONE. Self-existence is the attribute of the Supreme Cause, and it constitutes the measure of good by the degree in which it enters into all lower forms.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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^ All form is an effect of character; all condition, of the quality of the life; all harmony, of health; and for this reason a perception of beauty should be sympathetic, or proper only to the good.
  • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

.All things real are so by so much virtue as they contain.
  • Life only avails, not the having lived. Power ceases in the instant of repose; it resides in the moment of transition from a past to a new state, in the shooting of the gulf, in the darting to an aim
  • Inasmuch as the soul is present, there will be power not confident but agent. To talk of reliance is a poor external way of speaking.^ Inasmuch as the soul is present, there will be power not confident but agent.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is the nature of the soul to appropriate all things.
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    ^ Power ceases in the instant of repose; it resides in the moment of transition from a past to a new state, in the shooting of the gulf, in the darting to an aim Inasmuch as the soul is present, there will be power not confident but agent.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .Speak rather of that which relies, because it works and is.^ Speak rather of that which relies, because it works and is.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .Who has more obedience than I masters me, though he should not raise his finger.^ Who has more obedience than I masters me, though he should not raise his finger.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ 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.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam that flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Round him I must revolve by the gravitation of spirits.^ Round him I must revolve by the gravitation of spirits.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .We fancy it rhetoric, when we speak of eminent virtue.^ We fancy it rhetoric, when we speak of eminent virtue.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .We do not yet see that virtue is Height, and that a man or a company of men, plastic and permeable to principles, by the law of nature must overpower and ride all cities, nations, kings, rich men, poets, who are not.

    This is the ultimate fact which we so quickly reach on this, as on every topic, the resolution of all into the ever-blessed ONE. Self-existence is the attribute of the Supreme Cause, and it constitutes the measure of good by the degree in which it enters into all lower forms.^ We do not yet see that virtue is Height, and that a man or a company of men, plastic and permeable to principles, by the law of nature must overpower and ride all cities, nations, kings, rich men, poets, who are not.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Good men must not obey the laws too well."

    ^ Every law which the state enacts indicates a fact in human nature; that is all.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .All things real are so by so much virtue as they contain.
  • Power is in nature the essential measure of right.^ It is the nature of the soul to appropriate all things.
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    ^ Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature.
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    ^ Power is in nature the essential measure of right.
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    .Nature suffers nothing to remain in her kingdoms which cannot help itself.^ Nature suffers nothing to remain in her kingdoms which cannot help itself.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Nature suffers nothing to remain in her kingdoms which cannot help itself."

    ^ "Excite the soul, and the weather and the town and your condition in the world all disappear; the world itself loses its solidity, nothing remains but the soul and the Divine Presence in which it lives."

    .The genesis and maturation of a planet, its poise and orbit, the bended tree recovering itself from the strong wind, the vital resources of every animal and vegetable, are demonstrations of the self-sufficing, and therefore self-relying soul.
  • But now we are a mob.^ The genesis and maturation of a planet, its poise and orbit, the bended tree recovering itself from the strong wind, the vital resources of every animal and vegetable, are demonstrations of the self-sufficing, and therefore self-relying soul.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ To J.W. , st. For there's no rood has not a star above it; The cordial quality of pear or plum Ascends as gladly in a single tree, As in broad orchards resonant with bees; And every atom poises for itself, And for the whole.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Therefore, the divine Providence which keeps the universe open in every direction to the soul, conceals all the furniture and all the persons that do not concern a particular soul, from the senses of that individual.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Man does not stand in awe of man, nor is his genius admonished to stay at home, to put itself in communication with the internal ocean, but it goes abroad to beg a cup of water of the urns of other men.^ Man does not stand in awe of man, nor is his genius admonished to stay at home, to put itself in communication with the internal ocean, but it goes abroad to beg a cup of water of the urns of other men.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ But man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Nor mourn the unalterable Days That Genius goes and Folly stays.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .We must go alone.^ We must go alone.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.
  • Discontent is the want of self-reliance: it is infirmity of will.
  • It may be a question whether machinery does not encumber; whether we have not lost by refinement some energy, by a Christianity entrenched in establishments and forms, some vigor of wild virtue.^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ His note-books impair his memory; his libraries overload his wit; the insurance-office increases the number of accidents; and it may be a question whether machinery does not encumber; whether we have not lost by refinement some energy, by a Christianity entrenched in establishments and forms, some vigor of wild virtue.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]
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    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    .For every Stoic was a Stoic; but in Christendom where is the Christian?
  • Travelling is a fool's paradise.^ Travelling is a fool's paradise.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Traveling is a fool's paradise...
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Traveling is a fool's paradise.

    .Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places.
    At home I dream that at Naples, at Rome, I can be intoxicated with beauty, and lose my sadness.^ Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ At home I dream that at Naples, at Rome, I can be intoxicated with beauty, and lose my sadness.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ At home I dream that at Naples, at Rome, I can be intoxicated with beauty and lose my sadness.

    .I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the stern fact, the sad self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from.^ I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the stern fact, the sad self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the Stern Fact, the Sad Self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples and there beside me is the Stern Fact, the Sad Self unrelenting, identical, that I fled from.

    .I seek the Vatican, and the palaces.^ I seek the Vatican, and the palaces.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    .I affect to be intoxicated with sights and suggestions, but I am not intoxicated.^ I affect to be intoxicated with sights and suggestions, but I am not intoxicated.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    .My giant goes with me wherever I go.
  • Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions.^ My giant goes with me wherever I go.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ My Giant goes with me wherever I go."

    ^ Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Your conformity explains nothing.
    Act singly, and what you have already done singly will justify you now.^ Your conformity explains nothing.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Act singly, and what you have already done singly will justify you now.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Regret calamities, if you can thereby help the sufferer; if not, attend your own work, and already the evil begins to be repaired.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Greatness appeals to the future.^ Greatness appeals to the future.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    .If I can be firm enough to-day to do right, and scorn eyes, I must have done so much right before as to defend me now.^ If I can be firm enough to-day to do right, and scorn eyes, I must have done so much right before as to defend me now.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** What greater pain could mortals have than this To see their children dead before their eyes - Ralph Waldo Emerson *** What I must do is all that concerns me.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Be it how it will, do right now.^ Be it how it will, do right now.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Other Side Quotes Add to Favorite List Right Now Is the Time to Be Kind You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.

    .Always scorn appearances, and you always may.^ Always scorn appearances, and you always may.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ This book, "And There Was Light", will describe to you in a beautiful language what you may have always known, but were never able to express.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

    .The force of character is cumulative.
  • Character teaches above our wills. 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.^ The force of character is cumulative.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Character teaches above our wills.
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    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Self-Reliance 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.channingchurch.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They cannot see the action until it is done.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]


    .There will be an agreement in whatever variety of actions, so they be each honest and natural in their hour.^ There will be an agreement in whatever variety of actions, so they be each honest and natural in their hour.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ There are always sunsets, and there is always genius; but only a few hours so serene that we can relish nature or criticism.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They believe that we communicate without speech and above speech, and that no right action of ours is quite unaffecting to our friends, at whatever distance; for the influence of action is not to be measured by miles.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .For of one will, the actions will be harmonious, however unlike they seem.
    These varieties are lost sight of at a little distance, at a little height of thought.^ For of one will, the actions will be harmonious, however unlike they seem.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ These varieties are lost sight of at a little distance, at a little height of thought.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ There will be an agreement in whatever variety of actions, so they be each honest and natural in their hour.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .One tendency unites them all.^ One tendency unites them all.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks. See the line from a sufficient distance, and it straightens itself to the average tendency.
  • Henceforward I am the truth's.^ See the line from a sufficient distance, and it straightens itself to the average tendency.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .Be it known unto you that henceforward I obey no law less than the eternal law.^ Be it known unto you that henceforward I obey no law less than the eternal law.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .I will have no covenants but proximities.
  • I must be myself.^ I will have no covenants but proximities.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you.^ I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .If you can love me for what I am, we shall be the happier.^ If you can love me for what I am, we shall be the happier.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Love and you shall be loved.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air - Ralph Waldo Emerson *** Love and you shall be loved.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

    .If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should.^ If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .I will not hide my tastes or aversions.
    I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices me, and the heart appoints.^ I will not hide my tastes or aversions.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices me, and the heart appoints.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .If you are noble, I will love you; if you are not, I will not hurt you and myself by hypocritical attentions. If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek my own.^ If you are noble, I will love you; if you are not, I will not hurt you and myself by hypocritical attentions.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ "What is this Truth you seek?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek my own.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .I do this not selfishly, but humbly and truly.^ I do this not selfishly, but humbly and truly.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .It is alike your interest, and mine, and all men's, however long we have dwelt in lies, to live in truth.
    Does this sound harsh to-day?^ For all men live by truth and stand in need of expression.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Does this sound harsh to-day?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ It is alike your interest, and mine, and all men's, however long we have dwelt in lies, to live in truth.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .You will soon love what is dictated by your nature as well as mine, and, if we follow the truth, it will bring us out safe at last.
  • In the Will work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of Chance, and shalt sit hereafter out of fear from her rotations. A political victory, a rise of rents, the recovery of your sick, or the return of your absent friend, or some other favorable event, raises your spirits, and you think good days are preparing for you.^ In the Will work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of Chance, and shalt sit hereafter out of fear from her rotations.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ A political victory, a rise of rents, the recovery of your sick, or the return of your absent friend, or some other favorable event, raises your spirits, and you think good days are preparing for you.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** Work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of Chance.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

    Do not believe it. .Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.^ Unhappiness Quotes Add to Favorite List Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

    ^ "Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

    ^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

    Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.

Compensation

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  • Every sweet hath its sour; every evil its good.
  • There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue.^ There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Every sweet has its sour; every evil its good.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Star Quotes Add to Favorite List Every sweet hath its sour, every evil its good.

    .Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.^ Commit a crime and the earth is made of glass.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .Commit a crime, and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge and fox and squirrel and mole.
  • For every thing you have missed, you have gained something else; and for every thing you gain, you lose something.
  • Every thing in nature contains all the powers of nature.^ Commit a crime, and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge and fox and squirrel and mole.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ It is the nature of the soul to appropriate all things.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ For everything you have missed, you have gained something else and for everything you gain, you lose something.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: Original source]

    .Every thing is made of one hidden stuff.
  • Men suffer all their life long, under the foolish superstition that they can be cheated.^ Men suffer all their life long, under the foolish superstition that they can be cheated.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Every thing is made of one hidden stuff.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Now all men are on one side.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    But it is as impossible for a man to be cheated by any one but himself, as for a thing to be and not to be at the same time.

Friendship

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  • I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.
  • Thou art to me a delicious torment.
  • Almost all people descend to meet.
  • Happy is the house that shelters a friend!
  • A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere.^ I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ I awoke with devout thanksgiving for my friends.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Thou art to me a delicious torment.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .Before him I may think aloud.
  • A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
  • Two may talk and one may hear, but three cannot take part in a conversation of the most sincere and searching sort.
  • The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.
  • I do then with my friends as I do with my books.^ Do you think there is only one?
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The only way to have a friend is to be one.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .I would have them where I can find them, but I seldom use them.
  • My friends have come to me unsought.^ My friends have come to me unsought.
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    ^ I would have them where I can find them, but I seldom use them.
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    ^ But whenever I find my dominion over myself not sufficient for me, and undertake the direction of him also, I overstep the truth, and come into false relations to him.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The great God gave them to me.^ The great God gave them to me.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    By oldest right, by the divine affinity of virtue with itself, I find them, or rather not I, but the Deity in me and in them derides and cancels the thick walls of individual character, relation, age, sex, circumstance, at which he usually connives, and now makes many one.

Prudence

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  • In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.
  • Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.
  • Tomorrow will be like today.^ "In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed."

    ^ Tomorrow will be like today.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    Life wastes itself whilst we are preparing to live.
  • Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.

Circles

  • Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.
  • One man's justice is another's injustice; one man's beauty another's ugliness; one man's wisdom another's folly.
  • Nature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease; all others run into this one.
  • Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
  • Circles, like the soul, are neverending and turn round and round without a stop
    • This adage had previously appeared, identically worded, in Coleridge's The Statesman's Manual (1816).

Art

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  • Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
  • Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.^ Beauty Quotes Add to Favorite List Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

    ^ Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Beauty Quotes Add to Favorite List Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we will not find it.

    .The best of beauty is a finer charm than skill in surfaces, in outlines, or rules of art can ever teach, namely, a radiation from the work of art of human character, — a wonderful expression through stone, or canvas, or musical sound, of the deepest and simplest attributes of our nature, and therefore most intelligible at last to those souls which have these attributes.
  • Beauty will not come at the call of a legislature, nor will it repeat in England or America its history in Greece.^ These wings are the beauty of the poet's soul.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The best of beauty is a finer charm than skill in surfaces, in outlines, or rules of art can ever teach, namely, a radiation from the work of art of human character, - a wonderful expression through stone, or canvas, or musical sound, of the deepest and simplest attributes of our nature, and therefore most intelligible at last to those souls which have these attributes.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The best of beauty is a finer charm than skill in surfaces, in outlines, or rules of art can ever teach, namely, a radiation from the work of art of human character, — a wonderful expression through stone, or canvas, or musical sound, of the deepest and simplest attributes of our nature, and therefore most intelligible at last to those souls which have these attributes.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    It will come, as always, unannounced, and spring up between the feet of brave and earnest men.

Essays: Second Series (1844)

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  • The only gift is a portion of thyself.^ The only gift is a portion of thyself.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Goodness and Giving Quotes Add to Favorite List The only gift is a portion of thyself.

    ^ Helping Other People Quotes Add to Favorite List The only gift is a portion of thyself.

    • Gifts

New England Reformers

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  • "If you would rule the world quietly, you must keep it amused."^ I am afraid the remark is too honest, and comes from the same origin as the maxim of the tyrant, "If you would rule the world quietly, you must keep it amused."
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "If you would rule the world quietly, you must keep it amused."
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Civilization Quotes Add to Favorite List If you would lift me you must be on a higher ground.

    I notice too, that the ground on which eminent public servants urge the claims of popular education is fear: `This country is filling up with thousands and millions of voters, and you must educate them to keep them from our throats.'

The Poet

  • The less government we have, the better - the fewer laws, and the less confided power.
  • For it is not metres, but a metre-making argument, that makes a poem, — a thought so passionate and alive, that, like the spirit of a plant or an animal, it has an architecture of its own, and adorns nature with a new thing.
  • We are symbols, and inhabit symbols.
  • Language is the archives of history...Language is fossil poetry.

Experience

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  • Every ship is a romantic object, except that we sail in.
  • The Indian who was laid under a curse, that the wind should not blow on him, nor water flow to him, nor fire burn him, is a type of us all.^ The Indian who was laid under a curse, that the wind should not blow on him, nor water flow to him, nor fire burn him, is a type of us all.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ The Indian who was laid under a curse that the wind should not blow on him, nor water flow to him, nor fire burn him, is a type of us all.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Every ship is a romantic object, except that we sail in.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The dearest events are summer-rain, and we the Para coats that shed every drop.^ The dearest events are summer-rain, and we the Para coats that shed every drop.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ That power which does not respect quantity, which makes the whole and the particle its equal channel, delegates its smile to the morning, and distils its essence into every drop of rain.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Nothing is left us now but death.^ Nothing is left us now but death.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .We look to that with a grim satisfaction, saying, there at least is reality that will not dodge us.
  • To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom
  • We do what we must, and call it by the best names we can.
  • A man is a golden impossibility.^ A man is a golden impossibility.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ We look to that with a grim satisfaction, saying, there at least is reality that will not dodge us.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The line he must walk is a hair's breadth.^ The line he must walk is a hair's breadth.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.
  • Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.
  • Of what use is genius, if the organ is too convex or too concave and cannot find a focal distance within the actual horizon of human life?
  • Do you see that kitten chasing so prettily her own tail?^ "The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool."

    ^ The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Of what use is genius, if the organ is too convex or too concave and cannot find a focal distance within the actual horizon of human life?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    .If you could look with her eyes, you might see her surrounded with hundreds of figures performing complex dramas, with tragic and comic issues, long conversations, many characters, many ups and downs of fate, — and meantime it is only puss and her tail.^ If you could look with her eyes, you might see her surrounded with hundreds of figures performing complex dramas, with tragic and comic issues, long conversations, many characters, many ups and downs of fate, — and meantime it is only puss and her tail.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If you could look with her eyes, you might see her surrounded with hundreds of figures performing complex dramas, with tragic and comic issues, long conversations, many characters, many ups and downs of fate, - and meantime it is only puss and her tail.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If you could look with her eyes you might see her surrounded with hundreds of figures performing complex dramas, with tragic and comic issues, long conversations, many characters, many ups and downs of fate,—and meantime it is only puss and her tail.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    How long before our masquerade will end its noise of tambourines, laughter, and shouting, and we shall find it was a solitary performance?

Politics

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  • Every actual State is corrupt.^ Every actual State is corrupt.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Every actual State is corrupt.

    .Good men must not obey the laws too well.^ Good men must not obey the laws too well."

    ^ Good men must not obey laws too well.
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    ^ Good men must not obey the laws too well.
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    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .What satire on government can equal the severity of censure conveyed in the word Politic, which now for ages has signified cunning, intimating that the State is a trick?
  • Hence, the less government we have, the better, — the fewer laws, and the less confided power.^ What satire on government can equal the severity of censure conveyed in the word Politic , which now for ages has signified cunning , intimating that the State is a trick?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "The less government we have the better—the fewer laws, and the less confided power.

    ^ What satire on government can equal the severity of censure conveyed in the word Politic, which now for ages has signified cunning, intimating that the State is a trick?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    .The antidote to this abuse of formal Government, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual.
  • We think our civilization near its meridian, but we are yet only at the cock-crowing and the morning star.^ Civilization Quotes Add to Favorite List We think our civilization near its meridian, but we are yet only at the cock-crowing and the morning star.

    ^ The antidote to this abuse of formal Government, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ We think our civilization near its meridian, but we are yet only at the cock-crowing and the morning star.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    In our barbarous society the influence of character is in its infancy.

Nominalist and Realist

  • Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.
  • Every man is wanted and no man is wanted much.
  • The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.

Poems (1847)

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  • Good-bye, proud world!^ Good-bye, proud world!
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Wonder Quotes Add to Favorite List Good-bye, proud world!

    ^ "Good-by, proud world; I'm going home."

    .I’m going home:
    Thou art not my friend, and I’m not thine.
    ^ I’m going home: Thou art not my friend, and I’m not thine.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I'm going home; Thou are not my friend; I am not thine.

    ^ I'm going home: Thou art not my friend, and I'm not thine.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

  • For what are they all, in their high conceit,
    When man in the bush with God may meet?
    • Good-bye, st. 4
  • Nor knowest thou what argument
    Thy life to thy neighbor's creed has lent:
    All are needed by each one,
    Nothing is fair or good alone.
  • I wiped away the weeds and foam,
    And fetched my sea-born treasures home;
    But the poor, unsightly, noisome things
    Had left their beauty on the shore
    With the sun, and the sand, and the wild uproar.
    • Each and All, st. 3
  • I like a church, I like a cowl,
    I love a prophet of the soul,
    And on my heart monastic aisles
    Fall like sweet strains or pensive smiles;
    Yet not for all his faith can see,
    Would I that cowled churchman be.
    .Why should the vest on him allure,
    Which I could not on me endure?
    ^ Why should the vest on him allure, Which I could not on me endure?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Every man should be so much an artist that he could report in conversation what had befallen him.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

  • The hand that rounded Peter's dome,
    And groined the aisles of Christian Rome,
    Wrought in a sad sincerity,
    Himself from God he could not free;
    He builded better than he knew,
    The conscious stone to beauty grew.
    • The Problem, st. 2
  • Earth proudly wears the Parthenon
    As the best gem upon her zone.
    • The Problem, st. 3
  • Announced by all the trumpets of the sky
    Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields,
    Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air
    Hides hills and woods, the river and the heaven,
    And veils the farm-house at the garden's end. .
  • And when his hours are numbered, and the world
    Is all his own, retiring, as he were not,
    Leaves, when the sun appears, astonished Art
    To mimic in slow structures, stone by stone
    Built in an age, the mad wind's night-work,
    The frolic architecture of the snow.^ The Snow-Storm And when his hours are numbered, and the world Is all his own, retiring, as he were not, Leaves, when the sun appears, astonished Art To mimic in slow structures, stone by stone Built in an age, the mad wind's night-work, The frolic architecture of the snow.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ And when his hours are numbered, and the world Is all his own, retiring, as he were not, Leaves, when the sun appears, astonished Art To mimic in slow structures, stone by stone Built in an age, the mad wind's night-work, The frolic architecture of the snow.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die but only retire a little from sight and afterwards return again.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • The Snow-Storm
  • Life is too short to waste
    The critic bite or cynic bark,
    Quarrel, or reprimand;
    'Twill soon be dark;
    Up!^ Life is too short to waste The critic bite or cynic bark, Quarrel, or reprimand; 'Twill soon be dark; Up!
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    ^ The Snow-Storm Life is too short to waste The critic bite or cynic bark, Quarrel, or reprimand; 'Twill soon be dark; Up!
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    mind thine own aim, and
    God speed the mark!
  • For there's no rood has not a star above it;
    The cordial quality of pear or plum
    Ascends as gladly in a single tree,
    As in broad orchards resonant with bees;
    And every atom poises for itself,
    And for the whole.
  • But all sorts of things and weather
    Must be taken in together
    To make up a year,
    And a sphere. .
  • Talents differ; all is well and wisely put;
    If I cannot carry forests on my back,
    Neither can you crack a nut.^ Fable Talents differ; all is well and wisely put; If I cannot carry forests on my back, Neither can you crack a nut.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Talents differ; all is well and wisely put; If I cannot carry forests on my back, Neither can you crack a nut.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I cannot afford to be irritable and captious, nor to waste all my time in attacks.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    • Fable
  • Rhodora! if the sages ask thee why
    .This charm is wasted on the earth and sky,
    Tell them, dear, that, if eyes were made for seeing,
    Then beauty is its own excuse for Being.
  • Whoso walketh in solitude,
    And inhabiteth the wood,
    Choosing light, wave, rock, and bird,
    Before the money-loving herd,
    Into that forester shall pass
    From these companions power and grace.^ If eyes were made for seeing, Then Beauty is its own excuse for being.
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    ^ Whoso walketh in solitude, And inhabiteth the wood, Choosing light, wave, rock, and bird, Before the money-loving herd, Into that forester shall pass From these companions power and grace.
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    ^ This charm is wasted on the earth and sky, Tell them, dear, that, if eyes were made for seeing, Then beauty is its own excuse for Being.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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  • For nature beats in perfect tune,
    And rounds with rhyme her every rune,
    Whether she work in land or sea,
    Or hide underground her alchemy.
    .Thou canst not wave thy staff in air,
    Or dip thy paddle in the lake,
    But it carves the bow of beauty there,
    And the ripples in rhymes the oar forsake.
    ^ Thou canst not wave thy staff in air, Or dip thy paddle in the lake, But it carves the bow of beauty there, And the ripples in rhymes the oar forsake.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    • Woonotes II, st. 7
  • Olympian bards who sung
    Divine Ideas below,
    Which always find us young,
    And always keep us so.
  • Give all to love;
    Obey thy heart;
    Friends, kindred, days,
    Estate, good fame,
    Plans, credit, and the muse;
    Nothing refuse.
  • Though thou loved her as thyself,
    As a self of purer clay,
    Tho' her parting dims the day,
    Stealing grace from all alive,
    Heartily know,
    When half-gods go,
    The gods arrive.
    • Give All to Love, st. 4
  • But these young scholars who invade our hills,
    Bold as the engineer who fells the wood,
    And travelling often in the cut he makes,
    Love not the flower they pluck, and know it not,
    And all their botany is Latin names.
  • 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.
  • Hast thou named all the birds without a gun;
    Loved the wood-rose, and left it on its stalk. .
  • Pass in, pass in, the angels say,
    In to the upper doors;
    Nor count compartments of the floors,
    But mount to Paradise
    By the stairway of surprise.^ Pass in, pass in, the angels say, In to the upper doors; Nor count compartments of the floors, But mount to Paradise By the stairway of surprise.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Forbearance Pass in, pass in, the angels say, In to the upper doors; Nor count compartments of the floors, But mount to Paradise By the stairway of surprise.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

Representative Men (1850)

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  • He is great who is what he is from Nature, and who never reminds us of others.^ He is great who is what he is from Nature, and who never reminds us of others.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ Ordinarily, every body in society reminds us of somewhat else, or of some other person.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

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  • When nature removes a great man, people explore the horizon for a successor; but none comes, and none will.^ When nature removes a great man, people explore the horizon for a successor; but none comes, and none will.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Uses of Great Men When nature removes a great man, people explore the horizon for a successor; but none comes, and none will.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We sometimes meet men under some strong moral influence, as a patriotic, a literary, a religious movement, and feel that the moral sentiment rules man and nature.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .His class is extinguished with him.^ His class is extinguished with him.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    .In some other and quite different field the next man will appear.^ In some other and quite different field the next man will appear.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Courage Quotes Add to Favorite List Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other.

    ^ What others effect by talent or by eloquence, this man accomplishes by some magnetism.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • Every hero becomes a bore at last.^ Heredity Quotes Add to Favorite List Every hero becomes a bore at last.

    ^ Health Quotes Add to Favorite List Every hero becomes a bore at last.

    ^ Every hero becomes a bore at last.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]
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  • Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.^ Uses of Great Men Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ For though life is great, and fascinates, and absorbs; and though all men are intelligent of the symbols through which it is named; yet they cannot originally use them.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • Plato; or, The Philosopher
  • Things added to things, as statistics, civil history, are inventories.^ Plato; or, The Philosopher Things added to things, as statistics, civil history, are inventories.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Things added to things, as statistics, civil history, are inventories.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    .Things used as language are inexhaustibly attractive.^ Things used as language are inexhaustibly attractive.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

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  • Keep cool: it will be all one a hundred years hence.
    • Montaigne; or, The Skeptic
  • Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such as are in the institution wish to get out, and such as are out wish to get in?^ Man Quotes Add to Favorite List Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such as are in the institution wish to get out, and such as are out wish to get in.

    ^ Keep cool: it will be all one a hundred years hence.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such as are in the institution wish to get out, and such as are out wish to get in?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    • Montaigne; or, The Skeptic

The Conduct of Life (1860)

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  • You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.^ You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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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.^ Fate Great men, great nations, have not been boasters and buffoons, but perceivers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to face it.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Great men, great nations, have not been boasters and buffoons, but perceivers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to face it.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Greatness Quotes Add to Favorite List A man finds room in a few square inches of his face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants.

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  • Men are what their mothers made them.^ Fate Men are what their mothers made them.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Men are what their mothers made them.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Medicine and Sickness Quotes Add to Favorite List Men are what their mothers made them.

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  • Whatever limits us we call Fate.^ Fashion Quotes Add to Favorite List Whatever limits us we call Fate.

    ^ Fate Whatever limits us we call Fate.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Whatever limits us we call Fate.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

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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.^ 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.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Fate 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.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If the house do not please them, they walk out and enter another, as there are several hundreds at their command.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • Nature magically suits the man to his fortunes, by making these the fruit of his character.^ Right Quotes Add to Favorite List Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.

    ^ Fate Nature magically suits the man to his fortunes, by making these the fruit of his character.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Acceptance Quotes Add to Favorite List Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.

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  • All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.^ All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Fate All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Sorrow Quotes Add to Favorite List All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.

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  • Coal is a portable climate.^ Coal is a portable climate.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Power Coal is a portable climate.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • The world is his, who has money to go over it.^ Wealth The world is his, who has money to go over it.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • Art is a jealous mistress.^ Art is a jealous mistress.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Wealth Art is a jealous mistress.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.^ You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Wealth You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

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  • All educated Americans, first or last, go to Europe.^ All educated Americans, first or last, go to Europe.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Culture All educated Americans, first or last, go to Europe.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius the stern friend.^ Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius the stern friend.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Culture Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius the stern friend.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • We are born believing.^ Culture We are born believing.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.^ A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

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  • The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.^ Worship The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Homo Sapiens Quotes Add to Favorite List The louder he talked of his honour, the faster we counted our spoons.

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  • Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances...Strong men believe in cause and effect.^ Shallow men believe in luck.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Luck Quotes Add to Favorite List Shallow men believe in luck, wise and strong men in cause and effect.

    ^ Strong men believe in cause and effect.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

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  • People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.^ Worship People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The history of those gods and saints which the world has written and then worshipped, are documents of character.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ For the experience of each new age requires a new confession, and the world seems always waiting for its poet.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred.^ Worship I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    I wish the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant. .
    • Considerations by the Way
  • Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.^ Considerations by the Way Make yourself necessary to somebody.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Considerations by the Way Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • Make yourself necessary to somebody.^ Considerations by the Way Make yourself necessary to somebody.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Relationship Quotes Add to Favorite List Make yourself necessary to somebody.

    ^ Helping Other People Quotes Add to Favorite List Make yourself necessary to somebody.

    .Do not make life hard to any.^ Do not make life hard to any.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for his competitors, for it is that which all are practising every day while they live.^ Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for his competitors, for it is that which all are practising every day while they live.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Considerations by the Way Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for his competitors, for it is that which all are practising every day while they live.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "The cheapness of man of every day's tragedy."

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    • Considerations by the Way
  • Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.^ Considerations by the Way Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesby.net [Source type: Original source]

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  • Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but, until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful.^ Beauty Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but, until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ When the rich tax the poor with servility and obsequiousness, they should consider the effect of men reputed to be the possessors of nature, on imaginative minds.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ To the poor young poet, thus fabulous is his picture of society; he is loyal; he respects the rich; they are rich for the sake of his imagination; how poor his fancy would be, if they were not rich!
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • If I could put my hand on the north star, would it be as beautiful?^ Beauty If I could put my hand on the north star, would it be as beautiful?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The sea is lovely, but when we bathe in it, the beauty forsakes all the near water.^ The sea is lovely, but when we bathe in it, the beauty forsakes all the near water.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .For the imagination and senses cannot be gratified at the same time.^ For the imagination and senses cannot be gratified at the same time.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    • Beauty

Behavior

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  • There is always a best way of doing everything, if it be to boil an egg.^ There is always a best way of doing everything, if it be to boil an egg.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Politeness and Manners Quotes Add to Favorite List There is always a best way of doing everything, if it be only to boil an egg.

    .Manners are the happy ways of doing things; each once a stroke of genius or of love, — now repeated and hardened into usage.^ Manners are the happy ways of doing things; each once a stroke of genius or of love, — now repeated and hardened into usage.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Manners are the happy ways of doing things.

    ^ Politeness and Manners Quotes Add to Favorite List There is always a best way of doing everything, if it be only to boil an egg.

    .They form at last a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned.
  • Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others, and this is a gift interred only by the self.
  • The highest compact we can make with our fellow, is, — "Let there be truth between us two forevermore."
  • 'Tis very certain that each man carries in his eye the exact indication of his rank in the immense scale of men, and we are always learning to read it.^ Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ They form at last a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ 'Tis very certain that each man carries in his eye the exact indication of his rank in the immense scale of men, and we are always learning to read it.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    A complete man should need no auxiliaries to his personal presence.

Life and Letters in New England (1867)

"Historic Notes of Life and Letters in New England" (1867), published in The Atlantic Monthly (October 1883)
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  • The key to the period appeared to be that the mind had become aware of itself.^ At times the resistance is reanimated, the schism runs under the world and appears in Literature, Philosophy, Church, State and social customs.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "There are always two parties, the party of the Past and the party of the Future; the Establishment and the Movement."

    ^ The key to the period appeared to be that the mind had become aware of itself.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Men grew reflective and intellectual.^ Men grew reflective and intellectual.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .There was a new consciousness.
    The former generations acted under the belief that a shining social prosperity was the beatitude of man, and sacrificed uniformly the citizen to the State.^ The former generations acted under the belief that a shining social prosperity was the beatitude of man, and sacrificed uniformly the citizen to the State.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There was a new consciousness.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ At times the resistance is reanimated, the schism runs under the world and appears in Literature, Philosophy, Church, State and social customs.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The modern mind believed that the nation existed for the individual, for the guardianship and education of every man.^ The modern mind believed that the nation existed for the individual, for the guardianship and education of every man.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance: that imitation is suicide: that he must take himself for better, or for worse.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Is it that every man believes every other to be an incurable partialist, and himself a universalist?
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .This idea, roughly written in revolutions and national movements, in the mind of the philosopher had far more precision; the individual is the world.^ This idea, roughly written in revolutions and national movements, in the mind of the philosopher had far more precision; the individual is the world.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Proverbs, words, and grammar-inflections convey the public sense with more purity and precision than the wisest individual.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ As, in the sun, objects paint their images on the retina of the eye, so they, sharing the aspiration of the whole universe, tend to paint a far more delicate copy of their essence in his mind.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]


    .This perception is a sword such as was never drawn before.^ This perception is a sword such as was never drawn before.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is not that he does not see all the fine houses and know that he never saw such before, but he disposes of them as easily as the poet finds place for the railway.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .It divides and detaches bone and marrow, soul and body, yea, almost the man from himself.
    It is the age of severance, of dissociation, of freedom, of analysis, of detachment.^ It divides and detaches bone and marrow, soul and body, yea, almost the man from himself.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ It is the age of severance, of dissociation, of freedom, of analysis, of detachment.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The new race is stiff, heady and rebellious; they are fanatics in freedom; they hate tolls, taxes, turnpikes, banks, hierarchies, governors, yea, almost laws.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Every man for himself.^ Every man for himself.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance: that imitation is suicide: that he must take himself for better, or for worse.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Is it that every man believes every other to be an incurable partialist, and himself a universalist?
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The public speaker disclaims speaking for any other; he answers only for himself.^ The public speaker disclaims speaking for any other; he answers only for himself.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The man is only half himself, the other half is his expression.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ A preoccupied attention is the only answer to the importunate frivolity of other people; an attention, and to an aim which makes their wants frivolous.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The social sentiments are weak; the sentiment of patriotism is weak; veneration is low; the natural affections feebler than they were.^ The social sentiments are weak; the sentiment of patriotism is weak; veneration is low; the natural affections feebler than they were.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We sometimes meet men under some strong moral influence, as a patriotic, a literary, a religious movement, and feel that the moral sentiment rules man and nature.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The sentiment they instil is of more value than any thought they may contain.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .People grow philosophical about native land and parents and.^ People grow philosophical about native land and parents and.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    relations. .There is an universal resistance to ties rand ligaments once supposed essential to civil society.^ There is an universal resistance to ties rand ligaments once supposed essential to civil society.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The new race is stiff, heady and rebellious; they are fanatics in freedom; they hate tolls, taxes, turnpikes, banks, hierarchies, governors, yea, almost laws.^ The new race is stiff, heady and rebellious; they are fanatics in freedom; they hate tolls, taxes, turnpikes, banks, hierarchies, governors, yea, almost laws.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .They have a neck of unspeakable tenderness; it winces at a hair.^ They have a neck of unspeakable tenderness; it winces at a hair.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .They rebel against theological as against political dogmas; against mediation, or saints, or any nobility in the unseen.^ They rebel against theological as against political dogmas; against mediation, or saints, or any nobility in the unseen.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]


    .The age tends to solitude.^ The age tends to solitude.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The association of the time is accidental and momentary and hypocritical, the detachment intrinsic and progressive.^ The association of the time is accidental and momentary and hypocritical, the detachment intrinsic and progressive.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    The association is for power, merely, — for means; the end being the enlargement and independency of the individual.
  • The young men were born with knives in their brain, a tendency to introversion, self-dissection, anatomizing of motives.

May-Day and Other Pieces (1867)

  • God said, I am tired of kings,
    I suffer them no more;
    Up to my ear the morning brings
    The outrage of the poor.
  • To-day unbind the captive,
    So only are ye unbound;
    Lift up a people from the dust,
    Trump of their rescue, sound!
    • Boston Hymn, st. 17
  • O tenderly the haughty day
    Fills his blue urn with fire;
    One morn is in the mighty heaven,
    And one in our desire.
  • United States! the ages plead, —
    .Present and Past in under-song, —
    Go put your creed into your deed,
    Nor speak with double tongue.
    ^ Present and Past in under-song, — Go put your creed into your deed, Nor speak with double tongue.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The Past Quotes Add to Favorite List Why should we grope among the dry bones of the past, or put the living generation into masquerade out of its faded wardrobe?

    ^ The poet, by an ulterior intellectual perception, gives them a power which makes their old use forgotten, and puts eyes and a tongue into every dumb and inanimate object.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    • Ode, st. 5
  • I think no virtue goes with size;
    The reason of all cowardice
    Is, that men are overgrown,
    And, to be valiant, must come down
    To the titmouse dimension.
  • So nigh is grandeur to our dust,
    So near is God to man,
    When Duty whispers low, Thou must,
    The youth replies, I can. .
  • England’s genius filled all measure
    Of heart and soul, of strength and pleasure,
    Gave to the mind its emperor,
    And life was larger than before:
    Nor sequent centuries could hit
    Orbit and sum of Shakespeare’s wit.^ Voluntaries III England’s genius filled all measure Of heart and soul, of strength and pleasure, Gave to the mind its emperor, And life was larger than before: Nor sequent centuries could hit Orbit and sum of Shakespeare’s wit.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ How death-cold is literary genius before this fire of life!
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Genius believes its faintest presentiment against the testimony of all history, for it knows that facts are not ultimates, but that a state of mind is the ancestor of everything."


    .The men who lived with him became
    Poets, for the air was fame.
    ^ The men who lived with him became Poets, for the air was fame.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Is it only poets, and men of leisure and cultivation, who live with her?
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Milton says that the lyric poet may drink wine and live generously, but the epic poet, he who shall sing of the gods and their descent unto men, must drink water out of a wooden bowl.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

  • Nor mourn the unalterable Days
    That Genius goes and Folly stays.^ Nor mourn the unalterable Days That Genius goes and Folly stays.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

  • Fear not, then, thou child infirm,
    There's no god dare wrong a worm. .
  • He thought it happier to be dead,
    To die for Beauty, than live for bread.^ Compensation , I He thought it happier to be dead, To die for Beauty, than live for bread.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Success and Happiness Quotes Add to Favorite List Too busy with the crowded hour to fear to live or die.

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  • Wilt thou seal up the avenues of ill?^ Beauty Wilt thou seal up the avenues of ill?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Culture Quotes Add to Favorite List Wilt thou seal up the avenues of ill?


    .Pay every debt as if God wrote the bill.^ Pay every debt as if God wrote the bill!

    ^ Pay every debt as if God wrote the bill.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • Deep in the man sits fast his fate
    To mould his fortunes, mean or great.^ Fragment Deep in the man sits fast his fate To mould his fortunes, mean or great.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Fate Nature magically suits the man to his fortunes, by making these the fruit of his character.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ When we see a great man we fancy a resemblance to some historical person, and predict the sequel of his character and fortune; a result which he is sure to disappoint.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • For the prevision is allied
    Unto the thing so signified;
    Or say, the foresight that awaits
    Is the same Genius that creates.^ Fate For the prevision is allied Unto the thing so signified; Or say, the foresight that awaits Is the same Genius that creates.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • Daughters of Time, the hypocritic Days,
    Muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes,
    And marching single in an endless file,
    Bring diadems and fagots in their hands.^ Fate Daughters of Time, the hypocritic Days, Muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes, And marching single in an endless file, Bring diadems and fagots in their hands.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ One Day Quotes Add to Favorite List This time, like all times, is a very good one if we but know what to do with it.

    ^ One Day Quotes Add to Favorite List The days come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a distant friendly party, but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away.

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  • It is time to be old,
    To take in sail: -
    The god of bounds,
    Who sets to seas a shore,
    Came to me in his fatal rounds,
    And said: 'No more!^ Days It is time to be old, To take in sail: - The god of bounds, Who sets to seas a shore, Came to me in his fatal rounds, And said: 'No more!
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The soul is not twin-born but the only begotten, and though revealing itself as child in time, child in appearance, is of a fatal and universal power, admitting no co-life.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "God said, I am tired of kings, I suffer them no more; Up to my ear the morning brings The outrage of the poor."

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  • Obey the voice at eve obeyed at prime.^ Terminus Obey the voice at eve obeyed at prime.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • Though love repine, and reason chafe,
    There came a voice without reply, —
    "'Tis man's perdition to be safe,
    When for the truth he ought to die."^ Terminus Though love repine, and reason chafe, There came a voice without reply, — "'Tis man's perdition to be safe, When for the truth he ought to die."
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Letter to Thomas Carlyle ( 1841 - 10-30 ) Yet a man may love a paradox, without losing either his wit or his honesty.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Commerce is of trivial import; love, faith, truth of character, the aspiration of man, these are sacred.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

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    • Sacrifice
  • For what avail the plough or sail,
    Or land or life, if freedom fail?^ Freedom Quotes Add to Favorite List For what avail the plough or sail, Or land, or life, if freedom fail?

    ^ Sacrifice For what avail the plough or sail, Or land or life, if freedom fail?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

  • If the red slayer think he slays,
    Or if the slain think he is slain,
    They know not well the subtle ways
    I keep, and pass, and turn again.
    • Brahma, st. 1
    • Composed in July 1856 this poem is derived from a major passage of the Bhagavad Gita, one of the most popular of Hindu scriptures, and portions of it were likely a paraphrase of an existing translation. .Though titled "Brahma" its expressions are actually more indicative of the Hindu concept "Brahman".
  • Far or forgot to me is near;
    Shadow and sunlight are the same;
    The vanished gods to me appear;
    And one to me are shame and fame.^ Though titled " Brahma " its expressions are actually more indicative of the Hindu concept " Brahman ".
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Far or forgot to me is near; Shadow and sunlight are the same; The vanished gods to me appear; And one to me are shame and fame.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I remember when I was young how much I was moved one morning by tidings that genius had appeared in a youth who sat near me at table.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    • Brahma', st. 2
  • They reckon ill who leave me out;
    When me they fly, I am the wings;
    I am the doubter and the doubt;
    And I the hymn the Brahmin sings.
    • Brahma, st. 3
  • In the vaunted works of Art
    The master stroke is Nature's part. .
    • Art
  • Ever from one who comes to-morrow
    Men wait their good and truth to borrow.^ Art Ever from one who comes to-morrow Men wait their good and truth to borrow.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: 'Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There are men who rise refreshed on hearing of a threat, men to whom a crises, which intimidates and paralyzes the majority, comes as graceful and beloved as a bride!

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  • The music that can deepest reach,
    And cure all ill, is cordial speech.^ Merlin's Song II The music that can deepest reach, And cure all ill, is cordial speech.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Merlin's Song II Some of your hurts you have cured, And the sharpest you still have survived, But what torments of grief you endured From evils which never arrived!
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • Merlin's Song II
  • Some of your hurts you have cured,
    And the sharpest you still have survived,
    But what torments of grief you endured
    From evils which never arrived!^ Worry Quotes Add to Favorite List Some of your hurts you have cured, And the sharpest you still have survived, But what torments of grief you endured From the evil which never arrived.

    ^ Other Ways to Overcome Fear Quotes Add to Favorite List What torments of grief you endured, from evils that never arrived.

    ^ Merlin's Song II Some of your hurts you have cured, And the sharpest you still have survived, But what torments of grief you endured From evils which never arrived!
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • A ruddy drop of manly blood
    The surging sea outweighs,
    The world uncertain comes and goes;
    The lover rooted stays.^ Borrowing From the French A ruddy drop of manly blood The surging sea outweighs, The world uncertain comes and goes; The lover rooted stays.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ All the men in the world cannot make a statue walk and speak, cannot make a drop of blood, or a blade of grass, any more than one man can.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

Society and Solitude (1870)

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  • God may forgive sins, he said, but awkwardness has no forgiveness in heaven or earth.^ God may forgive sins, he said, but awkwardness has no forgiveness in heaven or earth.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Nourish it correctly and do it no injury, and it will fill up the vacancy between heaven and earth.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Days It is time to be old, To take in sail: - The god of bounds, Who sets to seas a shore, Came to me in his fatal rounds, And said: 'No more!
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • Society and Solitude
  • We boil at different degrees.^ Society and Solitude We boil at different degrees.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Our temperaments differ in capacity of heat, or, we boil at different degrees."

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    • Eloquence
  • The best university that can be recommended to a man of ideas is the gauntlet of the mobs.^ Eloquence The best university that can be recommended to a man of ideas is the gauntlet of the mobs.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • Eloquence
  • The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.^ "The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.

    ^ Eloquence The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We call together many friends who keep each other in play, or by luxuries and ornaments we amuse the young people, and guard our retirement.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • Domestic Life
  • The days ....^ Domestic Life The days ....
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    come and go like muffled and veiled figures, sent from a distant friendly party; but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away. .
  • Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and money not scarce?^ Works and Days Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and money not scarce?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • Works and Days
  • 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.^ History and Historians Quotes Add to Favorite List A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair the rest of his life.

    ^ Works and Days 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.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Life Quotes Add to Favorite List Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.

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    • Works and Days
  • Write it on your heart that every day is the best of the year.^ Nature Quotes Add to Favorite List Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

    ^ One Day Quotes Add to Favorite List Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

    ^ Works and Days Write it on your heart that every day is the best of the year.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • Works and Days
  • 'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakenly meant for his ear.^ Works and Days 'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakenly meant for his ear.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Books and Reading Quotes Add to Favorite List Tis the good reader that makes the good book.

    ^ "Every book is good to read which sets the reader in a working mood."

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    • Success
  • Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.^ Success Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ He is good company for pirates and good with academicians; so that it is useless to fortify yourself against him; he has the private entrance to all minds, and I could as easily exclude myself, as him.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • Success
  • We do not count a man's years until he has nothing else to count.^ Success We do not count a man's years until he has nothing else to count.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Every man is an impossibility until he is born; every thing impossible until we see a success.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • Old Age
  • There is no knowledge that is not power.^ Old Age There is no knowledge that is not power.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ There is no power of expansion in men.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Aging and Old Age Quotes Add to Favorite List A good indignation brings out all one's powers.

    • Old Age

Civilization

  • The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most.
  • Hitch your wagon to a star.
  • The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of the cities, nor the crops - no, but the kind of man the country turns out.

Art

  • Every genuine work of art has as much reason for being as the earth and the sun.
  • Nature paints the best part of a picture, carves the best parts of the statue, builds the best part of the house, and speaks the best part of the oration.
  • A masterpiece of art has in the mind a fixed place in the chain of being, as much as a plant or a crystal.

Letters and Social Aims (1876)

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  • Science does not know its debt to imagination.^ Science does not know its debt to imagination.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

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    • Poetry and Imagination
  • Alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine are weak dilutions.^ Poetry and Imagination Alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine are weak dilutions.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .The surest poison is time.^ The surest poison is time.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions; the surest poison is time.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ One Day Quotes Add to Favorite List The surest poison is time.

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  • The imagination is not a talent of some men but is the health of every man.^ Poetry and Imagination The imagination is not a talent of some men but is the health of every man.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We sometimes meet men under some strong moral influence, as a patriotic, a literary, a religious movement, and feel that the moral sentiment rules man and nature.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ A circle of men perfectly well-bred would be a company of sensible persons in which every man's native manners and character appeared.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

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  • Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy.
    • Social Aims
  • I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared "that the sense of being perfectly well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow".
    • Social Aims
  • Don't say things.^ "Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy."

    ^ Social Aims Don't say things.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Social Aims I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared "that the sense of being perfectly well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow".
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.^ What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ What you are stands over you the while and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary."

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  • This world belongs to the energetic.^ Social Aims This world belongs to the energetic.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Enthusiasm Quotes Add to Favorite List The world belongs to the energetic.

    ^ Success Quotes Add to Favorite List The world belongs to the energetic.

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    • Resources
  • Every really able man, in whatever direction he work, - a man of large affairs, an inventor, a statesman, an orator, a poet, a painter,-if you talk sincerely with him, considers his work, however much admired, as far short of what it should be.^ Every man is wanted and no man is wanted much.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Every man should be so much an artist that he could report in conversation what had befallen him.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Every man is wanted, and no man is wanted much.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • Immortality
  • Every artist was first an amateur.^ Immortality Every artist was first an amateur.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Every artist was first an amateur.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Getting Going Quotes Add to Favorite List Every artist was first an amateur.

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    • Progress of Culture (see also: Art)
  • Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.^ "Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world."

    ^ Progress of Culture (see also: Art ) Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Positive Quotes Add to Favorite List Great men are they who see that the spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.

    .No hope so bright but is the beginning of its own fulfilment.^ No hope so bright but is the beginning of its own fulfilment.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

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    • Progress of Culture
  • Shall I tell you the secret of the true scholar?^ Progress of Culture Shall I tell you the secret of the true scholar?
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The world is full of masonic ties, of guilds, of secret and public legions of honor; that of scholars, for example; and that of gentlemen, fraternizing with the upper class of every country and every culture.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .It is this: Every man I meet is my master in some point, and in that I learn of him.^ It is this: Every man I meet is my master in some point, and in that I learn of him.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Every man I meet is in some way my superior.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
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    ^ We sometimes meet men under some strong moral influence, as a patriotic, a literary, a religious movement, and feel that the moral sentiment rules man and nature.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    • Greatness
  • A good symbol is the best argument, and is a missionary to persuade thousands. .
    • Poetry and Imagination
  • Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions.^ Poetry and Imagination Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Wit makes its own welcome and levels all distinctions.

    ^ "All spiritual or real power makes its own place."

    .No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit.^ No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit."

    ^ No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Character and Personality Quotes Add to Favorite List Cities force growth and make men talkative and entertaining, but they make them artificial.

    .
    • The Comic
  • The perception of the comic is a tie of sympathy with other men.^ The Comic The perception of the comic is a tie of sympathy with other men.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    • The Comic

Quotation and Originality

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  • In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight.^ In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.
  • Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody.
  • Every man I meet is in some way my superior.
  • The heroic cannot be the common, nor can the common be the heroic.
  • Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.
  • The profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader.^ Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it."

    ^ Next to the originator of a sentence is the first quoter of it.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    .The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it.
  • A great man quotes bravely, and will not draw on his invention when his memory serves him with a word just as good.
  • Genius borrows nobly. When Shakespeare is charged with debts to his authors, Landor replies: "Yet he was more original than his originals.^ Philanthropy Quotes Add to Favorite List When Shakespeare is charged with debts to his authors, Landor replies, "Yet he was more original than his originals.

    ^ Enthusiasm Quotes Add to Favorite List If a man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hardbeaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.

    ^ Positive Quotes Add to Favorite List A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like unto him wherever he goes.

    .He breathed upon dead bodies and brought them into life."
  • By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.
  • Now shall we say that only the first men were well alive, and the existing generation is invalided and degenerate?^ By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Now all men are on one side.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ He breathed upon dead bodies and brought them into life."

    ... .A more subtle and severe criticism might suggest that some dislocation has befallen the race; that men are off their centre; that multitudes of men do not live with Nature, but behold it as exiles.^ A more subtle and severe criticism might suggest that some dislocation has befallen the race; that men are off their centre; that multitudes of men do not live with Nature, but behold it as exiles.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ We sometimes meet men under some strong moral influence, as a patriotic, a literary, a religious movement, and feel that the moral sentiment rules man and nature.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Nature enhances her beauty, to the eye of loving men, from their belief that the poet is beholding her shows at the same time.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .People go out to look at sunrises and sunsets who do not recognize their own quietly and happily, but know that it is foreign to them.^ People go out to look at sunrises and sunsets who do not recognize their own quietly and happily, but know that it is foreign to them.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Common sense knows its own, and recognizes the fact at first sight in chemical experiment.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "A Scholar is a man with this inconvenience, that when you ask him his opinion of any matter, he must go home and look up his manuscripts to know."

    .As they do by books, so they quote the sunset and the star, and do not make them theirs.^ As they do by books, so they quote the sunset and the star, and do not make them theirs.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Books and Reading Quotes Add to Favorite List Tis the good reader that makes the good book.

    ^ Character and Personality Quotes Add to Favorite List Cities force growth and make men talkative and entertaining, but they make them artificial.

    .Worse yet, they live as foreigners in the world of truth, and quote thoughts, and thus disown them.^ Cabot says he lived among his books and was never comfortable away from them, yet they did not enter much into his life.

    ^ The pages thus written are to him burning and fragrant; he reads them on his knees by midnight and by the morning star; he wets them with his tears; they are sacred; too good for the world, and hardly yet to be shown to the dearest friend.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world."

    .Quotation confesses inferiority.
  • We cannot overstate our debt to the Past, but the moment has the supreme claim. The Past is for us; but the sole terms on which it can become ours are its subordination to the Present.^ We cannot overstate our debt to the Past, but the moment has the supreme claim.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Quotation confesses inferiority.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The Past is for us; but the sole terms on which it can become ours are its subordination to the Present.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    .Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor.^ Every one has some interest in the advent of the poet, and no one knows how much it may concern him.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ The only thing grief has taught me is to know how shallow it is.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Every man owns something, if it is only a cow, or a wheel-barrow, or his arms, and so has that property to dispose of.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    We must not tamper with the organic motion of the soul.

Lectures and Biographical Sketches (1883)

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  • There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.^ The wise man not only leaves out of his thought the many, but leaves out the few.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ I HAVE read that those who listened to Lord Chatham felt that there was something finer in the man than any thing which he said.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Time and nature yield us many gifts, but not yet the timely man, the new religion, the reconciler, whom all things await.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    .
    • Demonology
  • To live without duties is obscene.^ "To live without duties is obscene."

    .
    • Aristocracy
  • Some men's words I remember so well that I must often use them to express my thought.^ Aristocracy Some men's words I remember so well that I must often use them to express my thought.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Good men must not obey the laws too well."

    ^ But I am not wise enough for a national criticism, and must use the old largeness a little longer, to discharge my errand from the muse to the poet concerning his art.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    Yes, because I perceive that we have heard the same truth, but they have heard it better.
    • Character

Misattributed

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  • To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.^ HALF the world, it is said, knows not how the other half live.
    • Essays, Second Series, by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.gutenberg.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    This is to have succeeded. .
  • As soon as there is life there is danger.^ Widely attributed to Emerson on the internet, this actually originates with "What is Success?” by Bessie Anderson Stanley in Heart Throbs Volume Two (1911) Edited by Joseph Mitchell Chapple As soon as there is life there is danger.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Wikiquote 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: Original source]

    ^ As soon as there is life there is danger.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Life Quotes Add to Favorite List His heart was as great as the world, but there was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong.

    .
  • Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.^ Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse-trap than his neighbor, tho' he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.
    • ActionScript-ToolBox: by Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC actionscript-toolbox.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ "If a man write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door."

    • Investigations have failed to confirm this in Emerson's writings (John H. Lienhard. "A better moustrap", Engines of our Ingenuity).
  • If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap than his neighbor, though he builds his house in the woods the world will make a beaten path to his door.

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.RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1803-1882), American poet and essayist, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on the 25th of May 1803. Seven of his ancestors were ministers of New England churches.^ All quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson .
  • Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson | Quotes Daddy 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.quotesdaddy.com [Source type: General]

^ Nature and art / by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

^ American poet, essayist, and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in 1803 in Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Concord Hymn 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC wps.prenhall.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Among them were some of those men of mark who made the backbone of the American character: the sturdy Puritan, Peter Bulkeley, sometime rector of Odell in Bedfordshire, and afterward pastor of the church in the wilderness at Concord, New Hampshire; the zealous evangelist, Father Samuel Moody of Agamenticus in Maine, who pursued graceless sinners even into the alehouse; Joseph Emerson of Malden, "a heroic scholar," who prayed every night that no descendant of his might ever be rich; and William Emerson of Concord, Mass., the patriot preacher, who died while serving in the army of the Revolution.^ Among them were some of those men of mark who made the backbone of the American character: the sturdy Puritan, Peter Bulkeley, sometime rector of Odell in Bedfordshire , and afterward pastor of the church in the wilderness at Concord, New Hampshire ; the zealous evangelist, Father Samuel Moody of Agamenticus in Maine , who pursued graceless sinners even into the alehouse; Joseph Emerson of Malden , "a heroic scholar," who prayed every night that no descendant of his might ever be rich; and William Emerson of Concord , Mass., the patriot preacher, who died while serving in the army of the Revolution.

^ American Scholar" today, Emerson's essay and some critical views.

^ Among them were some of those men of mark who made the backbone of the American character: the sturdy Puritan, Peter Bulkeley, sometime rector of Odell in Bedfordshire, and afterward pastor of the church in the wilderness at Concord, New Hampshire; the zealous evangelist, Father Samuel Moody of Agamenticus in Maine, who pursued graceless sinners even into the alehouse; Joseph Emerson of Malden, a "heroic scholar" who prayed every night that no descendant of his might ever be rich; and William Emerson of Concord, Mass., the patriot preacher, who died while serving in the army of the Revolution.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.nndb.com [Source type: Original source]

.Sprung from such stock, Emerson inherited qualities of self-reliance, love of liberty, strenuous virtue, sincerity, sobriety and fearless loyalty to ideals.^ See also: Self-Reliance , an essay by Emerson .
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^ Sprung from such stock, Emerson inherited qualities of self-reliance, love of See also: LIBERTY (Lat.
  • RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... - Online Information article about RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC encyclopedia.jrank.org [Source type: General]

^ Sprung from such stock, Emerson inherited qualities of self-reliance, love of liberty, strenuous virtue, sincerity, sobriety and fearless loyalty to ideals.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
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.The form of his ideals was modified by the metamorphic glow of Transcendentalism which passed through the region of Boston in the second quarter of the 19th century.^ Transcendentalism which passed through the region of Boston in the second See also: QUARTER (through Fr.
  • RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... - Online Information article about RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC encyclopedia.jrank.org [Source type: General]

^ The form of his ideals was modified by the metamorphic glow of Transcendentalism which passed through the region of Boston in the second quarter of the 19th century.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.nndb.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The 19th century Transcendental philosopher.
  • The Selected Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson By PhilosophersNotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.philosophersnotes.com [Source type: General]

.But the spirit in which Emerson conceived the laws of life, reverenced them and lived them out, was the Puritan spirit, elevated, enlarged and beautified by the poetic temperament.^ But the spirit in which Emerson conceived the See also: LAWS laws of See also: LIFE life , reverenced them and lived them out, was the Puritan spirit, elevated, enlarged and beautified by the poetic temperament .
  • RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... - Online Information article about RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC encyclopedia.jrank.org [Source type: General]

^ But the spirit in which Emerson conceived the laws of life, reverenced them and lived them out, was the Puritan spirit, elevated, enlarged and beautified by the poetic temperament.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.nndb.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Ralph Waldo Emerson To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.

His father was the Rev. William Emerson, minister of the First Church (Unitarian) in Boston. .Ralph Waldo was the fourth child in a family of eight, of whom at least three gave evidence of extraordinary mental powers.^ Ralph Waldo was the fourth child in a family of eight, of whom at least three gave evidence of extraordinary mental powers.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
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^ INTRODUCTION TO Nature Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in Boston of an old English family of preachers.
  • Yoga of the Siddhars: Western Siddhars: Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.nandhi.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Born in Boston on Election Day, the 25th of May, 1803, Ralph Waldo Emerson was the fourth child of William and Ruth Haskins Emerson.

.He was brought up in an atmosphere of hard work, of moral discipline, and (after his father's death in 1811) of that wholesome self-sacrifice which is a condition of life for those who are poor in money and rich in spirit.^ He was brought up in an atmosphere of hard work, of moral discipline, and (after his father's death in 1811) of that wholesome self-sacrifice which is a condition of life for those who are poor in money and rich in spirit.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
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^ Ralph Waldo Emerson was born in May 1803 as the fourth child in a family of eight and brought up in a family atmosphere supportive of hard work, moral discipline, and wholesome self-sacrifice.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson biography - Transcendentalism 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.age-of-the-sage.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This period also celebrates the life of Emerson's son Waldo Junior, who brought great joy to the household.
  • eBook | eBook Overview Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals, Volume 5 - by Waldo Emerson Ralph | Ebooks | BooksOnBoard eBook | 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.booksonboard.com [Source type: General]

.His aunt, Miss Mary Moody Emerson, a brilliant old maid, an eccentric saint, was a potent factor in his education.^ His aunt, Miss Mary Moody Emerson, a brilliant old maid, an eccentric saint, was a potent factor in his education.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.nndb.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Emerson, Mary Moody, 1774-1863.
  • Emerson, Ralph Waldo, 1803-1882, recipient. Letters from various correspondents: Guide. 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC oasis.lib.harvard.edu [Source type: Academic]

^ His aunt, See also: MISS Miss See also: MARY MARY (1457-1482) MARY (1496-1533) MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS Mary Moody Emerson, a brilliant old maid, an See also: ECCENTRIC (from Gr.
  • RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... - Online Information article about RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC encyclopedia.jrank.org [Source type: General]

.Loving him, believing in his powers, passionately desiring for him a successful career, but clinging with both hands to the old forms of faith from which he floated away, this solitary, intense woman did as much as any one to form, by action and reaction, the mind and character of the young Emerson.^ Loving him, believing in his powers, passionately desiring for him a successful career, but clinging with both hands to the old forms of faith from which he floated away, this solitary, intense woman did as much as any one to form, by action and reaction, the mind and character of the young Emerson.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.nndb.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The young were opening their minds, and the old were impressed.
  • English: Biography of Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.cyberessays.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Emerson was one of the central characters in the transcendental movement emerging in literary circles around Concord, Massachusetts during the late 1830s.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - Poems and Biography by AmericanPoems.com 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.americanpoems.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In 1817 he entered Harvard College, and graduated in 1821. In scholarship he ranked about the middle of his class.^ In 1817, at age fourteen, he entered Harvard College.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Biography - life, family, children, wife, school, mother, young, book, information, born, college, house, marriage, time, year 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.notablebiographies.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ All but one were graduates of Harvard College.
  • Chapter Ralph Waldo Emerson of Index by Simonds History of American Literature 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.bibliomania.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ At age 14 he entered Harvard College and graduated in 1821 as class poet.
  • Hijacking of American Education: Part 4 - Ralph Waldo Emerson — The Forerunner 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.forerunner.com [Source type: General]

.In literature and oratory he was more distinguished, receiving a Boylston prize for declamation, and two Bowdoin prizes for dissertations, the first essay being on "The Character of Socrates" and the second on "The Present State of Ethical Philosophy" - both rather dull, formal, didactic productions.^ He took two Bowdoin prizes for dissertations, and the Boylston prize of $30 for declamation.

^ In literature and oratory he was more distinguished, receiving a Boylston prize for declamation, and two Bowdoin prizes for dissertations, the first essay being on "The Character of Socrates " and the second on "The Present State of Ethical Philosophy " - both rather dull, formal, didactic productions.

^ In literature and oratory he was more distinguished, receiving a Boylston prize for declamation, and two Bowdoin prizes for dissertations, the first essay being on "The Character of Socrates" and the second on "The Present State of Ethical Philosophy" -- both rather dull, formal, didactic productions.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.nndb.com [Source type: Original source]

.He was fond of reading and of writing verse, and was chosen as the poet for class-day.^ He was fond of reading and of writing verse, and was chosen as the poet for class-day.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
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^ Emerson served as Class Poet and, as was custom, presented an original poem on Harvard's Class Day, a month before his official graduation on August 29, 1821, when he was 18.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson encyclopedia topics | Reference.com 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.reference.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In spite of his difficulty in writing structurally correct verse, he always regarded himself essentially as a poet.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: Academic]

.His cheerful serenity of manner, his tranquil mirthfulness, and the steady charm of his personality made him a favourite with his fellows, in spite of a certain reserve.^ His cheerful serenity of manner, his tranquil mirthfulness, and the steady charm of his personality made him a favorite with his fellows, in spite of a certain reserve.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.nndb.com [Source type: Original source]

^ His cheerful serenity of manner, his tranquil mirthfulness, and the steady See also: CHARM (through the Fr.
  • RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... - Online Information article about RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC encyclopedia.jrank.org [Source type: General]

^ His cheerful serenity of manner, his tranquil mirthfulness, and the steady charm of his personality made him a favourite with his fellows, in spite of a certain reserve.

.His literary taste was conventional, including the standard British writers, with a preference for Shakespeare among the poets, Berkeley among the philosophers, and Montaigne (in Cotton's translation) among the essayists.^ His literary taste was conventional, including the standard British writers, with a preference for Shakespeare among the poets, George Berkeley among the philosophers, and Montaigne (in Charles Cotton 's translation) among the essayists.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.nndb.com [Source type: Original source]

^ His literary taste was conventional, including the standard British writers, with a preference for Shakespeare among the poets, Berkeley among the philosophers, and Montaigne (in Cotton's translation) among the essayists.

^ Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, philosopher, and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid 19th century.

.His particular admiration among the college professors was the stately rhetorician, Edward Everett; and this predilection had much to do with his early ambition to be a professor of rhetoric and elocution.^ His particular admiration among the college professors was the stately rhetorician, Edward Everett; and this predilection had much to do with his early ambition to be a professor of rhetoric and elocution.
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^ His particular admiration among the college professors was the stately rhetorician, Edward Everett ; and this predilection had much to do with his early ambition to be a professor of rhetoric and elocution.

^ The colleges, while they provide us with libraries, furnish no professors of books; and I think no chair is so much needed.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.worldofquotes.com [Source type: Original source]

.Immediately after graduation he became an assistant in his brother William's school for young ladies in Boston, and continued teaching, with much inward reluctance and discomfort, for three years.^ Graduates from Harvard and begins teaching at his brother William's school for young ladies in Boston.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ After his graduation from college in 1821 he taught in a Boston school for young ladies.
  • RALPH WALDO EMERSON 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC post.cau.ac.kr [Source type: Original source]

^ Immediately after graduation he became an assistant in his brother William's school for young ladies in Boston, and continued teaching, with much inward reluctance and discomfort, for three years.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
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.The routine was distasteful; he despised the superficial details which claimed so much of his time.^ The routine was distasteful; he despised the superficial details which claimed so much of his time.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
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^ So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the path of each man's genius contracts itself to a very few hours.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: Original source]
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^ Ralph Waldo Emerson *** So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the path of each man's genius contracts itself to a very few hours.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson from Basic Quotations - Famous Quotes by Famous People - Famous Quotations - Famous Sayings 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.basicquotations.com [Source type: Original source]

.The bonds of conventionalism were silently dissolving in the rising glow of his poetic nature.^ The bonds of conventionalism were silently dissolving in the rising glow of his poetic nature.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
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.Independence, sincerity, reality, grew more and more necessary to him.^ Independence, sincerity, reality, grew more and more necessary to him.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
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^ See also: INDEPENDENCE INDEPENDENCE, DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE, WAR OF Independence , sincerity, reality, See also: GREW, NEHEMIAH (1641-1712) grew more and more necessary to him .
  • RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... - Online Information article about RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC encyclopedia.jrank.org [Source type: General]

^ His Phi Beta Kappa oration at Harvard College in August 1837, on "The American Scholar," was an eloquent appeal for independence, sincerity, realism , in the intellectual life of America.

.His aunt urged him to seek retirement, self-reliance, friendship with nature; to be no longer "the nursling of surrounding circumstances," but to prepare a celestial abode for the muse.^ His aunt urged him to seek retirement, self-reliance, friendship with nature; to be no longer "the nursling of surrounding circumstances," but to prepare a celestial abode for the muse.

^ His aunt urged him to seek retirement, self-reliance, friendship with nature; to be no longer "the nursling of surrounding circumstances", but to prepare a celestial abode for the muse.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.nndb.com [Source type: Original source]

^ His aunt urged him to seek retirement, self, reliance, friendship with nature; to be no longer " the nursling of surrounding circumstances," but to prepare a See also: CELESTIAL, OR STELLAR celestial See also: ABODE (from " abide," to dwell, properly " to wait for ," to bide) abode for the muse .
  • RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... - Online Information article about RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC encyclopedia.jrank.org [Source type: General]

.The passion for spiritual leadership stirred within him.^ The passion for spiritual leadership stirred within him.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
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.The ministry seemed to offer the fairest field for its satisfaction.^ The ministry seemed to offer the fairest field for its satisfaction .

^ The ministry seemed to offer the fairest field for its satisfaction.
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^ The See also: MINISTRY ministry seemed to offer the fairest See also: FIELD (a word common to many West German languages, cf.
  • RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... - Online Information article about RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC encyclopedia.jrank.org [Source type: General]

.In 1825 he entered the divinity school at Cambridge, to prepare himself for the Unitarian pulpit.^ In 1825 he entered the Harvard Divinity School, where he absorbed the liberal, intellectualized Christianity of Unitarianism.
  • RALPH WALDO EMERSON 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC post.cau.ac.kr [Source type: Original source]

^ In 1825 he entered the divinity school at See also: CAMBRIDGE CAMBRIDGE, EARLS AND DUKES OF CAMBRIDGE, RICHARD OWEN (1717-1802) Cambridge , to prepare himself for the Unitarian See also: PULPIT (from Lat.
  • RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... - Online Information article about RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC encyclopedia.jrank.org [Source type: General]

^ In 1825 he entered the divinity school at Cambridge, to prepare himself for the Unitarian pulpit .

.His course was much interrupted by ill-health.^ His course was much interrupted by ill-health.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
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.His studies were irregular, and far more philosophical and literary than theological.^ His studies were irregular, and far more philosophical and literary than theological.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
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^ Far more of Mr. Emerson is to be found in this aunt of his than in any other of his relations in the ascending series, with whose history we are acquainted.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson by Oliver Wendell Holmes: Introduction 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.online-literature.com [Source type: Original source]

^ I am suggesting Emerson is not an Idealist nor Transcend-ental philosopher, but an experiential essayist, like Montaigne, and so more a dramatist of the self than a mystic: .
  • Harold Bloom: The sage of concord | Books | The Guardian 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: Original source]

.In October 1826 he was "approbated to preach" by the Middlesex Association of Ministers.^ In October, 1826, Emerson was licensed to preach by the Middlesex Association of Ministers.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www25-temp.uua.org [Source type: Original source]

^ In October 1826 he was "approbated to preach" by the Middlesex Association of Ministers.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
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^ In October of the next year he was "approbated to preach" by the Middlesex Association of Ministers.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson biography - Transcendentalism 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.age-of-the-sage.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The same year a threatened consumption compelled him to take a long journey in the south.^ The same year a threatened consumption compelled him to take a long journey in the south.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
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^ In the same year he married Ellen Tucker, whose death from tuberculosis in 1831 caused him great sorrow.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: Academic]

^ His long journey as a chaplain has taken him from schools to jails to the streets, and his adventure of the heart has led him from the Cascades to the Sierras to the Rockies, and to the Highlands of Scotland.
  • Wilderness Press :: Special Interest :: Meditations of Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.wildernesspress.com [Source type: General]

.Returning in 1827, he continued his studies, preached as a candidate in various churches, and improved in health.^ Returning in 1827, he continued his studies, preached as a candidate in various churches, and improved in health.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
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^ Poor health hindered his studies at the Harvard divinity school in 1825, and in 1826, after being licensed to preach, he was forced to go south because of incipient tuberculosis.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson Facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.encyclopedia.com [Source type: Academic]

^ Having returned to New England the next spring in much better health, he began to preach in Unitarian churches in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www25-temp.uua.org [Source type: Original source]

.In 1829 he married a beautiful but delicate young woman, Miss Ellen Tucker of Concord, and was installed as associate minister of the Second Church (Unitarian) in Boston.^ In 1829 he also married Ellen Louisa Tucker.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson (American author) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.britannica.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In 1829 he married a beautiful but delicate young woman, Miss Ellen Tucker of Concord, and was installed as associate minister of the Second Church (Unitarian) in Boston.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
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^ Seven of his ancestors were ministers, and in 1829 Emerson became minister of the Second Church (Unitarian) of Boston.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poets and Poetry at Aspirennies.com 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.aspirennies.com [Source type: General]

.The retirement of his senior colleague soon left him the sole pastor.^ The retirement of his See also: SENIOR, NASSAU WILLIAM (1790-1864) senior colleague soon See also: LEFT left him the See also: SOLE (Solea) sole pastor .
  • RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... - Online Information article about RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC encyclopedia.jrank.org [Source type: General]

^ The retirement of his senior colleague soon left him the sole pastor.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
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.Emerson's early sermons were simple, direct, unconventional.^ Emerson's early sermons were simple, direct, unconventional.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
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^ Emerson's early sermons were See also: SIMPLE simple , See also: DIRECT direct , unconventional .
  • RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... - Online Information article about RALPH WALDO EMERSON (1... 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC encyclopedia.jrank.org [Source type: General]

^ A popular, if unconventional preacher, young Emerson's sermons consisted of personal reflections on spirituality and virtue.
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.He dealt freely with the things of the spirit.^ He dealt freely with the things of the spirit.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson - LoveToKnow 1911 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.1911encyclopedia.org [Source type: Original source]
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^ He dealt with things of the spirit with a homely elevation that charmed his hearers.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www25-temp.uua.org [Source type: Original source]

.There was a homely eleva tion in his discourses, a natural freshness in his piety, a quiet enthusiasm in his manner, that charmed thoughtful hearers.^ There was a homely elevation in his discourses, a natural freshness in his piety, a quiet enthusiasm in his manner, that charmed thoughtful hearers.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.nndb.com [Source type: Original source]

^ There was a homely eleva tion in his discourses, a natural freshness in his piety, a quiet enthusiasm in his manner, that charmed thoughtful hearers.

^ Both her mind and her character were of a superior order, and they set their stamp upon manners of peculiar softness and natural grace and quiet dignity.
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson by Oliver Wendell Holmes: Introduction 10 January 2010 6:47 UTC www.online-literature.com [Source type: Original source]