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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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About Ralph Waldo Emerson

Plants are the young of the world, vessels of health and vigor; but they grope ever upward towards consciousness; the trees are imperfect men, and seem to bemoan their imprisonment, rooted in the ground.

Nature Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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We do what we must, and call it by the best names.

Necessity Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

Opinion Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

Opinion Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.

Passion Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding. -Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Peace Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Whenever you are sincerely pleased you are nourished.

Pleasure Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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There is no knowledge that is not power.

Power Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The imbecility of men is always inviting the impudence of power.

Power Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Those who live to the future must always appear selfish to those who live to the present.

Present Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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No man acquires property without acquiring with it a little arithmetic also.

Property Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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If a man owns land, the land owns him.

Property Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The people are to be taken in very small doses.

Public speaking Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Crime and punishment grow out of one stem.

Punishment Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The crowning fortune of a man is to be born to some pursuit which finds him employment and happiness, whether it be to make baskets, or broadswords, or canals, or statues, or songs.

Pursuit Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Everything runs to excess; every good quality is noxious if unmixed.

Quality Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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He presents me with what is always an acceptable gift who brings me news of a great thought before unknown. He enriches me without impoverishing himself.

Quotation Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until an equal mind and heart finds and publishes it.

Quotation Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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What is a man born for but to be a reformer, a remaker of what has been made, a denouncer of lies, a restorer of truth and good?

Reform Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.

Religion / beliefs Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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We are born believing. A man bears beliefs, as a tree bears apples.

Religion / beliefs Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.

Reward Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.

Safety Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Self-sacrifice is the real miracle out of which all the reported miracles grow.

Self-sacrifice Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Society is infested by persons who, seeing that the sentiments please, counterfeit the expression of them. These we call sentimentalists--talkers who mistake the description for the thing, saying for having.

Sentiment Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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