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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 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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Language is fossil poetry.

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

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Come, see the north-wind's masonry, Out of an unseen quarry evermore Furnished with tile, the fierce artificer Curves his white bastions with projected roof Round every windward stake, or tree, or door. Speeding, the myriad-handed, his wild work So fanciful, so savage, naught cares he For number or proportion.

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

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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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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.

Courage Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Men lose their tempers in defending their taste.

Temper Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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One man's justice is another's injustice; one man's beauty is another's ugliness; one man's wisdom is another's folly.

Ugliness Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Men talk as if victory were something fortunate. Work is victory.

Victory Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.

Dreams Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Our high respect for a well-read man is praise enough of literature.

Literature Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Obedience alone gives the right to command.

Obedience Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Men are respectable only as they respect.

Respect Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.

Achievement Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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So of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more it remains.

Cheerfulness Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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For me, commerce is of trivial import; love, faith, truth of character, the aspiration of man, these are sacred; nor can I detach one duty, like you, from all other duties, and concentrate my forces mechanically on the payment of moneys

Commerce Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Coolness and absence of heat and haste indicate fine qualities

Coolness Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.

Generosity Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Like any other gift, the gift of grace can be yours only if you'll reach out and take it. Maybe being able to reach out and take it is a gift too.

Grace Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of Solitaire. It is a grand passion.

Horses Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason

Instinct Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Make yourself necessary to somebody.

Necessity Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Society is a masked ball, where every one hides his real character, and reveals it by hiding

Society Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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For it is not metres, but a metre-making argument that makes a poem.

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

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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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London is the epitome of our times, and the Rome of to-day.

London Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: English Traits--Result

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