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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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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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No book was ever written down by any but itself.

Reputation Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Spiritual Laws

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Let no one honour me with tears, or bury me with lamentation. Why? Because I fly hither and thither, living in the mouths of me. [Lat., Nemo me lacrymis decoret, nec funera fletu. Faxit cur? Volito vivu' per ora virum.]

Reputation Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Spiritual Laws

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Announced by all the trumpets of the sky, Arrives the snow, and, driving o'er the fields, Seems nowhere to alight: the whited air Hides hills and woods, the river, and the heaven, And veils the farmhouse at the garden's end. The sled and traveller stopped, the courier's feet Delayed, all friends shut out, the housemates sit Around the radiant fireplace, enclosed In a tumultuous privacy of storm.

Winter Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: The Snow-Storm

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Daughter of Time, the hypocrite Days, Muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes, And marching single in an endless file, Bring diadems and fagots in their hands; To each they offer gifts after his will, Bread, kingdom, stars, and sky that holds them all; I, in my pleached garden watched the pomp Forgot my morning wishes, hastily Took a few herbs and apples, and the Day Turned and departed silent. I too late Under her solemn fillet saw the scorn.

Day Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Days

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The day are ever divine as to the first Aryans. They are of the least pretension, and of the greatest capacity of anything that exists. They come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a distant friendly party; but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away.

Day Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Works and Days

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The Gothic cathedral is a blossoming in stone subdued by the insatiable demand of harmony in man. The mountain of granite blooms into an eternal flower, with the lightness and delicate finish, as well as the aerial proportions and perspective of vegetable beauty.

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

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The hand that rounded Peter's dome And groined the aisles of Christian Rome, Wrought in a sad sincerity; Himself from God he could not free; He builded better than he knew; The conscious stone to beauty grew.

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

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For what are they all in their high conceit, When man in the bush with God may meet?

Conceit Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Good-Bye (st. 4)

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Pictures must not be too picturesque.

Painting Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Essays--Of Art

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

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

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The house is a castle which the King cannot enter.

Home Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: English Traits--Wealth

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In sculpture did ever anybody call the Apollo a fancy piece? Or say of the Laocoon how it might be made difference? A masterpiece of art has in the mind a fixed place in the chain of being, as much as a plant or a crystal.

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

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