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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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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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The foundations of a person are not in matter but in spirit.

Spirituality Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws. She hums the old well-known air through innumerable variations.

Repetition Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Make yourself necessary to somebody.

Necessity Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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We are wiser than we know.

Mankind Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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When it is darkest, men see the stars.

Mankind Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A man is related to all nature.

Nature Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one

Virtue Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The ancestor of every action is a thought.

Action Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and heart of the child.

Adulthood Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art.

Art Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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There is properly no history; only biography

Biography Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I can find my biography in every fable that I read

Biography Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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My evening visitors, if they cannot see the clock, should find the time in my face.

Clocks Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word

Cynicism Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Discontent is want of self-reliance; it is infirmity of will

Discontent Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Enthusiasm Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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All life is an experiment.

Experience Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.

Fiction Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Born for success he seemed, With grace to win, with heart to hold, With shining gifts that took all eyes

Gifts Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue

Hearing Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant

Ignorance Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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