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561 Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
5/25/1803 - 4/27/1882
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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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Give no bounties: make equal laws: secure life and prosperity and you need not give alms.

Wealth Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Wealth

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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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Fear always springs from ignorance.

Fear Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: The American Scholar

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Chide me not, laborious band! For the idle flowers I brought; Every aster in my hand Goes home loaded with a thought.

Asters Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: The Apology

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I do not see how a barbarous community and a civilized community can constitute a state. I think we must get rid of slavery or we must get rid of freedom.

Slavery Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: The Assault upon Mr. Sumner's Speech

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Behold the Sea, The opaline, the plentiful and strong, Yet beautiful as is the rose in June, Fresh as the trickling rainbow of July; Sea full of food, the nourisher of kinds, Purger of earth, and medicine of men; Creating a sweet climate by my breath, Washing out harms and griefs from memory, And, in my mathematic ebb and flow, Giving a hint of that which changes not.

Ocean Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Sea Shore

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A man is the whole encyclopedia of facts. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn, and Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, America, lie folded already in the first man.

History Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Essays--History

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There is properly no history, only biography.

History Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Essays--History

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Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor. - Ralph Waldo Emerson,

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

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The studious class are their own victims; they are thin and pale, their feet are cold, their heads are hot, the night is without sleep, the day a fear of interruption,--pallor, squalor, hunger, and egotism. If you come near them and see what conceits they entertain--they are abstractionists, and spend their days and nights in dreaming some dream; in expecting the homage of society to some precious scheme built on a truth, but destitute of proportion in its presentment, of justness in its application, and of all energy of will in the schemer to embody and vitalize it.

Students Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Representative Men--Montaigne

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When I have attempted to join myself to others by services, it proved an intellectual trick,--no more. They eat your service like apples, and leave you out. But love them, and they feel you, and delight in you all the time.

Service Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Essays--Of Gifts

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A person's life is limited but serving the people is limitless. I want to devote my limited life to serving the people limitlessly.

Service Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Essays--Of Gifts

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Had I but written as many odes in praise of Muhammad and Ali as I have composed for King Mahmud, they would have showered a hundred blessings on me.

Service Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Essays--Of Gifts

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