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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    The spirit of our American radicalism is destructive and aimless; it is not loving; it has no ulterior and divine ends; but is destructive only out of hatred and selfishness.
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    Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
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    A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.
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    A great man is always willing to be little.
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    A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
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    A man in debt is so far a slave.
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    A man is a god in ruins.
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    A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.
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    A man makes inferiors his superiors by heat; self-control is the rule.
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    A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.
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    A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness.
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    A man's action is only a picture book of his creed.
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    A man's library is a sort of harem.
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    A man's personal defects will commonly have with the rest of the world precisely that importance which they have to himself. If he makes light of them, so will other men.
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    A man's what he thinks about all day long