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561 Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
5/25/1803 - 4/27/1882
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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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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

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

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So nigh is grandeur to our dust, So near is God to man. When Duty whispers low, Thou must, The youth replies, I can.

Duty Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Voluntaries (st. 3, l. 13)

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The secrets of life are not shown except to sympathy and likeness.

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

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There is no true orator who is not a hero.

Oratory Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Letters and Social Aims--Eloquence

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Glittering generalities! They are blazing ubiquities.

Oratory Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Remark on Choate's words

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Conversation is a game of circles.

Conversation Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Essays--Circles

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Conversation is the laboratory and workshop of the student.

Conversation Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Society and Solitude--Clubs

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The growth of the intellect is spontaneous in every expansion. The mind that grows could not predict the times, the means, the mode of that spontaneity. God enters by a private door into every individual.

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

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Works of the intellect are great only by comparison with each other.

Intellect Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Literary Ethics

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'Tis good-will makes intelligence.

Intellect Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: The Titmouse (l. 65)

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Daughter of heaven and earth, coy Spring, With sudden passion languishing, Teaching barren moors to smile, Painting pictures mile on mile, Holds a cup of cowslip wreaths Whence a smokeless incense breathes.

Spring Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: May Day (st. 1)

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A good intention clothes itself with sudden power.

Motive Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Essays--Fate

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His heart was as great as the world, but there was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong.

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

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The conscious utterance of thought, by speech or action, to any end, is art.

Art Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Society and Solitude--Art

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Only so much do I know, as I have lived.

Experience Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Oration--The American Scholar

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