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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    Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer.
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    Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
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    Earth laughs in flowers.
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    Every advantage has its tax.
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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 passes his life in the search after friendship.
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    In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.
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    It is always so pleasant to be generous, though very vexatious to pay debts.
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    It is hard to go beyond your public. If they are satisfied with cheap performance, you will not easily arrive at better. If they know what is good, and require it. you will aspire and burn until you achieve it. But from time to time, in history, men are born a whole age too soon.
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    Other men are lenses through which we read our own minds. Each man seeks those of different quality from his own, and such as are good of their kind; that is, he seeks other men, and the rest.
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    Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.
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    Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.
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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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    We fly to beauty as an asylum from the terrors of finite nature.