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561 Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
5/25/1803 - 4/27/1882
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Waldo Ralph Emerson     Waldo Emerson Ralph
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What point of morals, of manners, of economy, of philosophy, of religion, of taste, of the conduct of life, has he not settled? What mystery has he not signified his knowledge of? What office, or function, or district of man's work, has he not remembered? What king has he not taught state, as Talma taught Napoleon? What maiden has not found him finer than her delicacy? What lover has he not outloved? What sage has he not outseen? What gentleman has he not instructed in the rudeness of his behavior?

Shakespeare Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Representative Men--Shakespeare

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When Nature has work to be done, she create a genius to do it.

Genius Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Method of Nature

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The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue; and no genius can long or often utter anything which is not invited and gladly entertained by men around him.

Genius Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Race

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The greatest meliorator of the world is selfish, huckstering trade.

Business Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Work and Days

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I like to be beholden to the great metropolitan English speech, the sea which receives tributaries from every region under heaven. I should as soon think of swimming across the Charles river when I wish to go to Boston, as of reading all my books in originals, when I have them rendered for me in my mother tongue.

Reading Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Essays--Books

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Our high respect for a well-read man is praise enough for literature. - Ralph Waldo Emerson,

Reading Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality

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If we encountered a man or rare intellect, we should ask him what books he read. - Ralph Waldo Emerson,

Reading Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Letters and Social Aims--Quotations and Originality

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The man in the street does not know a star in the sky.

Public Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Conduct of Life--Worship

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Bring me wine, but wine which never grew In the belly of the grape, Or grew on vine whose tap-roots, reaching through Under the Andes to the Cape, Suffered no savor of the earth to escape.

Wine and spirits Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Bacchus (st. 1)

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Too busy with the crowded hour to fear to live or die.

Work Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Quatrains--Nature

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My work is a game, a very serious game.

Work Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Quatrains--Nature

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Nor knowest thou what argument Thy like to thy neighbor's creed has lent, All are needed by each one; Nothing is fair or good alone.

Influence Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Each and All

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We grant no dukedoms to the few, We hold like rights and shall; Equal on Sunday in the pew, On Monday in the mall. For what avail the plough or sail, Or land, or life, if freedom fail?

Freedom Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Boston (st. 5)

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My angel,--his name is Freedom,-- Choose him to be your king; He shall cut pathways east and west, And fend you with his wing.

Freedom Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Boston Hymn

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Self-trust is the essence of heroism.

Heroes Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Essay--Heroism

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The hero is not fed on sweets, Daily his own heart he eats; Chambers of the great are jails, And head-winds right for royal sails.

Heroes Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Essays--Heroism--Introduction

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The shoemaker makes a good shoe because he makes nothing else.

Shoemaking Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Letters and Social Aims--Greatness

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If you had taken off the shoe then, at length you would feel in what part it pinched you. [Lat., Si calceum induisses, tum demum sentires qua parte te urgeret.]

Shoemaking Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Letters and Social Aims--Greatness

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Ants never sleep.

Ants Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Nature (ch. IV)

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The word unto the prophet spoken Was writ on tablets yet unbroken: The word by seers or sibyls told, In groves of oak or fanes of gold, Still floats upon the morning wind, Still whispers to the willing mind.

Scripture Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: The Problem

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God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose.

Choice Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Essay--Intellect

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For the world was built in order Around the atoms march in tune; Rhyme the pipe, and Time the warder, The sun obeys them, and the moon.

Order Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Monadnock (st. 12)

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Olympian bards who sung Divine ideas below, Which always find us young And always keep us so.

Youth Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Essays--The Poet

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It has come to be practically a sort of rule in literature, that a man, having once shown himself capable of original writing, is entitled thenceforth to steal from the writings of others at discretion.

Plagiarism Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Shakespeare

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Every sweet hath its sour, every evil its good.

Sweetness Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Compensation

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