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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-05-25 1882-04-27) was an American philosopher, essayist, and poet.
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Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When the eyes say one thing and the tongue another, the practiced person relies on the language of the first.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than material force, that thoughts rule the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If there is any period one would desire to be born in, is it not the age of Revolution; when the old and the new stand side by side...when the glories of the old can be compensated by the rich possibilities of the new era? This time...is a very good one...

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the ordinary.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well -- he has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first wealth is health.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The key to every man is his thought. Sturdy and defying though he look, he has a helm which he obeys, which is the idea after which all his facts are classified. He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Science does not know its debt to imagination. Goethe did not believe that a great naturalist could exist without this faculty.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The next thing to saying a good thing yourself, is to quote one.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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