Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

American poet and philosopher

Lived from: 1803-1882

Category: Philosophers | Poets (Contemporary)

Quotes: Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
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    All the great speakers were bad speaker at first.
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    An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.
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    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.
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    A low self-love in the parent desires that his child should repeat his character and fortune.
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    A man finds room in the few square inches of the face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants.
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    A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can.
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    As men's prayers are a disease of the will, so are their creeds a disease of the intellect.
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    Be a little careful about your library. Do you foresee what you will do with it? Very little to be sure. But the real question is, What it will do with you? You will come here and get books that will open your eyes, and your ears, and your curiosity, and turn you inside out or outside in.
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    Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.
    Source: Journals
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    Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
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    Earth laughs in flowers.
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    Every fact is related on one side to sensation, and, on the other, to morals. The game of thought is, on the appearance of one of these two sides, to find the other; given the upper, to find the under side.
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    Every man has his own vocation, talent is the call.
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    Friends, such as we desire, are dreams and fables.