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561 Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
5/25/1803 - 4/27/1882
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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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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; there is a teaching; and by no unfriendly chance or bad company can he ever quite lose the benefit.

Teaching Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Essays--Of Spiritual Laws

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Echo waits with art and care And will the faults of song repair.

Echo Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: May-day (l. 439)

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Want is a growing giant whom the coat of Have was never large enough to cover.

Wealth Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Wealth

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With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. . . . Speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon balls, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said to-day.

Consistency Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Essays--Self-Reliance

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And what greater calamity can fall upon a nation than the loss of worship.

Worship Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: in an address

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The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world, is the highest applause.

Applause Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: in an address

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He is great who is what he is from Nature, and who never reminds us of others.

Greatness Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Essays--Second Series--Uses of Great Men

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Nature never sends a great man into the planet, without confiding the secret to another soul.

Greatness Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Uses of Great Men

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