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561 Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
5/25/1803 - 4/27/1882
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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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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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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 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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From the feet, Hercules. [Lat., Ex pede Herculem.]

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

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Light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense light will not make it beautiful.

Light Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Nature (ch. III)

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Every day brings a ship, Every ship brings a word; Well for those who have no fear, Looking seaward well assured That the word the vessel brings Is the word they wish to hear.

Post Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Letters

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The true ship is the ship builder.

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

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Men love to wonder and that is the seed of our science.

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

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Nor count compartments of the floors, But mount to paradise By the stairway of surprise.

Paradise Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Merlin

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Peace has its victories, but it takes a brave man to win them.

Peace Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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