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561 Famous Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
5/25/1803 - 4/27/1882
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If the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him.

Success Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Of the American Scholar, in "Nature Addresses and Lectures"

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If a man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, tho it be in the woods. And if a man knows the law, people will find it out, tho he live in a pine shanty, and resort to him. And if a man can pipe or sing, so as to wrap the prisoned soul in an elysium; or can paint landscape, and convey into oils and ochers all the enchantments of spring or autumn; or can liberate or intoxicate all people who hear him with delicious songs and verses, 'tis certain that the secret can not be kept: the first witness tells it to a second, and men go by fives and tens and fifties to his door.

Success Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Works (vol. VIII), in his "Journal" (1855) p, 528 (ed. 1912)

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The passages of Shakespeare that we most prize were never quoted until within this century. - Ralph Waldo Emerson,

Shakespeare Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality

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Nor sequent centuries could hit Orbit and sum of Shakespeare's wit.

Shakespeare Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: May Day and Other Pieces--Solution (l. 39)

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What point of morals, of manners, of economy, of philosophy, of religion, of taste, of the conduct of life, has he not settled? What mystery has he not signified his knowledge of? What office, or function, or district of man's work, has he not remembered? What king has he not taught state, as Talma taught Napoleon? What maiden has not found him finer than her delicacy? What lover has he not outloved? What sage has he not outseen? What gentleman has he not instructed in the rudeness of his behavior?

Shakespeare Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Representative Men--Shakespeare

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When Nature has work to be done, she create a genius to do it.

Genius Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Method of Nature

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The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue; and no genius can long or often utter anything which is not invited and gladly entertained by men around him.

Genius Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Race

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The greatest meliorator of the world is selfish, huckstering trade.

Business Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Work and Days

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I like to be beholden to the great metropolitan English speech, the sea which receives tributaries from every region under heaven. I should as soon think of swimming across the Charles river when I wish to go to Boston, as of reading all my books in originals, when I have them rendered for me in my mother tongue.

Reading Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Essays--Books

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Our high respect for a well-read man is praise enough for literature. - Ralph Waldo Emerson,

Reading Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality

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If we encountered a man or rare intellect, we should ask him what books he read. - Ralph Waldo Emerson,

Reading Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Letters and Social Aims--Quotations and Originality

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The man in the street does not know a star in the sky.

Public Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Conduct of Life--Worship

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Bring me wine, but wine which never grew In the belly of the grape, Or grew on vine whose tap-roots, reaching through Under the Andes to the Cape, Suffered no savor of the earth to escape.

Wine and spirits Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Bacchus (st. 1)

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Too busy with the crowded hour to fear to live or die.

Work Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Quatrains--Nature

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My work is a game, a very serious game.

Work Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Quatrains--Nature

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Nor knowest thou what argument Thy like to thy neighbor's creed has lent, All are needed by each one; Nothing is fair or good alone.

Influence Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Each and All

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We grant no dukedoms to the few, We hold like rights and shall; Equal on Sunday in the pew, On Monday in the mall. For what avail the plough or sail, Or land, or life, if freedom fail?

Freedom Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Boston (st. 5)

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My angel,--his name is Freedom,-- Choose him to be your king; He shall cut pathways east and west, And fend you with his wing.

Freedom Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Boston Hymn

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Self-trust is the essence of heroism.

Heroes Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Essay--Heroism

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The hero is not fed on sweets, Daily his own heart he eats; Chambers of the great are jails, And head-winds right for royal sails.

Heroes Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Essays--Heroism--Introduction

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The shoemaker makes a good shoe because he makes nothing else.

Shoemaking Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Letters and Social Aims--Greatness

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If you had taken off the shoe then, at length you would feel in what part it pinched you. [Lat., Si calceum induisses, tum demum sentires qua parte te urgeret.]

Shoemaking Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Letters and Social Aims--Greatness

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Ants never sleep.

Ants Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: Nature (ch. IV)

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Seeing only what is fair, Sipping only what is sweet, . . . . Leave the chaff, and take the wheat.

Bees Quotes, by Ralph Waldo Emerson , Source: The Humble-Bee

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Out from the heart of nature rolled The burdens of the Bible old.

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

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