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Wikipedia Summary for Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882), who went by his middle name Waldo, was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.

Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of transcendentalism in his 1836 essay "Nature". Following this work, he gave a speech entitled "The American Scholar" in 1837, which Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. considered to be America's "intellectual Declaration of Independence."Emerson wrote most of his important essays as lectures first and then revised them for print. His first two collections of essays, Essays: First Series (1841) and Essays: Second Series (1844), represent the core of his thinking. They include the well-known essays "Self-Reliance", "The Over-Soul", "Circles", "The Poet", and "Experience." Together with "Nature", these essays made the decade from the mid-1830s to the mid-1840s Emerson's most fertile period.

Emerson wrote on a number of subjects, never espousing fixed philosophical tenets, but developing certain ideas such as individuality, freedom, the ability for mankind to realize almost anything, and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding world. Emerson's "nature" was more philosophical than naturalistic: "Philosophically considered, the universe is composed of Nature and the Soul." Emerson is one of several figures who "took a more pantheist or pandeist approach by rejecting views of God as separate from the world."He remains among the linchpins of the American romantic movement, and his work has greatly influenced the thinkers, writers and poets that followed him. "In all my lectures," he wrote, "I have taught one doctrine, namely, the infinitude of the private man." Emerson is also well known as a mentor and friend of Henry David Thoreau, a fellow transcendentalist. in 1867, he was elected as a member to the American Philosophical Society.

Quote: Whatever you do, you need courage. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding red and beige twin bell analog alarm clock
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Whatever you do, you need courage.

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Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.


Quote: Love is like wildflowers; it's often found in the most unlikely places. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of monarch butterfly perched on pink flower in close up photography during daytime
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Love is like wildflowers; it's often found in the most unlikely places.


Quote: Health is the first muse, and sleep is the condition to produce it. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of photography of yellow petaled flowers field
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Health is the first muse, and sleep is the condition to produce it.


Quote: Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of blue and red bird during daytime
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Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.


Quote: A great man is always willing to be little. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time
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A great man is always willing to be little.


Quote: Nothing external to you has any power over you. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of orange flowers
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Nothing external to you has any power over you.


Quote: Every artist was first an amateur. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman hugging other woman while smiling at beach
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Every artist was first an amateur.


Quote: Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of yellow flower
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Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.

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Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. It depends on the mood of the man, whether he shall see the sunset or the fine poem. There are always sunsets, and there is always genius; but only a few hours so serene that we can relish nature or criticism. The more or less depends on structure or temperament. Temperament is the iron wire on which the beads are strung. Of what use is fortune or talent to a cold and defective store?


Quote: The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and black galleon ship on ocean water under gray sky
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The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.


Quote: Make yourself necessary to somebody. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of red rope on three branch
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Make yourself necessary to somebody.


Quote: Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of bee on flower
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Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.


Quote: The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of photo of pine tree
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The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.


Quote: The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence
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The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.


Quote: Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and black leaf in close up photography
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Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.


Quote: Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white wooden table near brown chair
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Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.


Quote: For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green trees under white sky during daytime
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For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.


Quote: The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of snow-covered mountain near lake under blue sky
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The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.


Quote: The only way to have a friend is to be one. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of group of people sitting on ground with bonfire during daytime
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The only way to have a friend is to be one.


Quote: First be a good animal. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man with easel
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First be a good animal.


Quote: Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of beige concrete wall
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Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world.


Quote: The poisons are our principal medicines, which kill the disease and save the life. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man running on seashore
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The poisons are our principal medicines, which kill the disease and save the life.


Quote: Each man has an aptitude born with him. Do your work. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of Magic Keyboard beside mug and click pen
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Each man has an aptitude born with him. Do your work.


Quote: The ancients called beauty the flowering of virtue. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of purple flower in tilt shift lens
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The ancients called beauty the flowering of virtue.


Quote: Beauty is the pilot of the young soul. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of flower garden
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Beauty is the pilot of the young soul.


Quote: The lover is made happier by his love than the object of his affection. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man kissing the woman wearing blue polka-dot dress
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The lover is made happier by his love than the object of his affection.


Quote: The power of love, as the basis of a State, has never been tried. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette of man and woman kissing under starry night
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The power of love, as the basis of a State, has never been tried.


Quote: The man in the street does not know a star in the sky. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of trees at sunset
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The man in the street does not know a star in the sky.


Quote: Allow yourself to trust joy and embrace it. You will find you dance with everything. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green mountain ]
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Allow yourself to trust joy and embrace it. You will find you dance with everything.


Quote: To live the greatest number of good hours is wisdom. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of clear liquid on leaf
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To live the greatest number of good hours is wisdom.


Quote: All the world loves a lover. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of full-bloomed red and white tulip flowers
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All the world loves a lover.

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All the world loves a lover, but how it does laugh at his love letters.


Quote: No hope so bright but is the beginning of its own fulfilment. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of coffee latte near white wireless keyboard and Apple EarPods on the table photography
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No hope so bright but is the beginning of its own fulfilment.


Quote: Nature is no spendthrift, but takes the shortest way to her ends. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of Rolls Royce car emblem wallpaper
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Nature is no spendthrift, but takes the shortest way to her ends.


Quote: Be not the slave of your own past. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of grey ceramic woman's face with red rose figurine
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Be not the slave of your own past.

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Be not the slave of your own past - plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.


Quote: The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette photo of trees during night time
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The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.


Quote: Every man passes his life in the search after friendship. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of two woman sitting on beach sand while facing sunlight
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Every man passes his life in the search after friendship.


Quote: Traveling is a fool's paradise. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of five silhouette of birds flying on sky
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Traveling is a fool's paradise.

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Traveling is a fool's paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places. At home I dream that at Naples, at Rome, I can be intoxicated with beauty, and lose my sadness. I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the stern fact, the sad self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from. I seek the Vatican, and the palaces. I affect to be intoxicated with sights and suggestions, but I am not intoxicated. My giant goes with me wherever I go.


Quote: Love, and you shall be loved. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding sunflower
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Love, and you shall be loved.


Quote: The First wealth is health. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman hugging other woman while smiling at beach
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The First wealth is health.


Quote: Solitude is impractical and yet society is fatal. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of bird at pier
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Solitude is impractical and yet society is fatal.


Quote: Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of couple sitting on the field facing the city
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Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.


Quote: Don't be pushed by your problems; be led by your dreams. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of dome tent with galaxy with stars
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Don't be pushed by your problems; be led by your dreams.


Quote: Men are respectable only as they respect. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding pencil near laptop computer
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Men are respectable only as they respect.


Quote: Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of crack in wall
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Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle.


Quote: All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of two dogs sitting on maroon area rug
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All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.


Quote: Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of Blue to purple gradient
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Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous.


Quote: The faith that stands on authority is not faith. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person with black tattoo on left hand
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The faith that stands on authority is not faith.


Quote: The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of flying blue and green hummingbird
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The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.


Quote: Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman in black jacket standing near window
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Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.


Quote: Beauty rests on necessities. The line of beauty is the result of perfect economy. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of red rose illustration
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Beauty rests on necessities. The line of beauty is the result of perfect economy.


Quote: Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands
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Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.


Quote: We walk alone in the world. Friends, such as we desire, are dreams and fables. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of two women walking together outdoor during daytime
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We walk alone in the world. Friends, such as we desire, are dreams and fables.


Quote: Life is a progress, and not a station. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower
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Life is a progress, and not a station.


Quote: A nobler want of man is served by nature, namely, the love of beauty. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset and agave stalk
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A nobler want of man is served by nature, namely, the love of beauty.


Quote: Everything in nature goes by law, and not by luck. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of photography of lake near tree
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Everything in nature goes by law, and not by luck.


Quote: The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown sand under blue sky during daytime
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The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.


Quote: There I feel that nothing can befall me. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of three people paddling in canoe
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There I feel that nothing can befall me.


Quote: Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of high-angle photography of mountain at sunset
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Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Nature never hurries: atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work. The lesson one learns from yachting or planting is the manners of Nature; patience with the delays of wind and sun, delays of the seasons, bad weather, excess or lack of water.


Quote: Patience and fortitude conquer all things. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of four wooden boat on teal sea
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Patience and fortitude conquer all things.


Quote: This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset
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This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.


Quote: The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and black jazz guitar with dim light
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The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity. The inventor did it, because it was natural to him, and so in him it has a charm. In the imitator, something else is natural, and he bereaves himself of his own beauty, to come short of another man's.


Quote: Nature hates calculators. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man in gray and black suit holding brown wooden stick
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Nature hates calculators.


Quote: This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of round black clock on linen
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This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.


Quote: Some books leave us free and some books make us free. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown Tabby cat on yellow wooden bench
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Some books leave us free and some books make us free.


Quote: No great man ever complains of want of opportunity. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette of man and woman kissing during sunset
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No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.


Quote: We gain the strength of the temptation we resist. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset woman at beach
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We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.


Quote: Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of notebook on table
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Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.


Every man I meet is in some way my superior.


Quote: Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset highway
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Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.


Quote: Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine, a possession for all time. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of multicolored heart LED light on wall
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Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine, a possession for all time.


Quote: The years teach much which the days never know. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person getting 1 U.S. dollar banknote in wallet
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The years teach much which the days never know.


Quote: With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman singing on stage
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With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.


Quote: We are always getting ready to live but never living. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime
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We are always getting ready to live but never living.

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We are always getting ready to live, but never living... The wave moves onward but the particles of which it is composed do not... It cannot be but that at intervals throughout society there are real men intermixed . . . as the carpenter puts one iron bar in his bannister for every five or six wooden ones.


Quote: Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of brown and black butterfly flying near blooming purple petaled flowers
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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.


Quote: The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding green plants
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The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.


Quote: Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of flat lay photography teacup on top of saucer
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Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

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Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.


Quote: Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of toddler hugging siberian husky
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Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

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Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. To a man laboring under calamity the heat of his own fire hath sadness in it. Then there is a kind of contempt of the landscape felt by him who has just lost by death a dear friend. The sky is less grand as it shuts down over less worth in the population.


Quote: Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding brown leaf
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Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.


Quote: We aim above the mark to hit the mark. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman hugging other woman while smiling at beach
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We aim above the mark to hit the mark.

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We aim above the mark, to hit the mark. Every act hath some falsehood of exaggeration in it.


Quote: Hitch your wagon to a star. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of three brown tabby kitten lying on board
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Hitch your wagon to a star.


Quote: Beauty without expression is boring. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of empty pathway
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Beauty without expression is boring.


Quote: The first wealth is health. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of two women standing on moutain
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The first wealth is health.


Quote: Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding gray and beige roman numeral alarm clock
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Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste.


Quote: What you are comes to you. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of cat in space
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What you are comes to you.


Quote: Self trust is the first secret of success. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of sunflower
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Self trust is the first secret of success.


Quote: To fill the hour--that is happiness. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of short-coated black puppy
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To fill the hour--that is happiness.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

To fill the hour; that is happiness to fill the hour, and leave no crevice for a repentance or an approval.


Quote: The language of the street is always strong. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and white dog in close-up photography
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The language of the street is always strong.


Quote: Beware of jokes from which we go away hollow and ashamed. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette of man and woman kissing on beach during sunset
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Beware of jokes from which we go away hollow and ashamed.


Quote: My evening visitors, if they cannot see the clock, should find the time in my face. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of low-angle photo of white daisy
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My evening visitors, if they cannot see the clock, should find the time in my face.


Quote: Every man's Reason is sufficient for his guidance, if used. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person wearing red jacket climbing on glacier
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Every man's Reason is sufficient for his guidance, if used.


Quote: I have thought that a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silver bell alarm clock
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I have thought that a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.


Quote: What we call results are beginnings. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape
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What we call results are beginnings.


Quote: The street is full of humiliations to the proud. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of rainbow
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The street is full of humiliations to the proud.


We aim above the mark to hit the mark.


Quote: It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, 'Always do what you are afraid to do. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of blue rose with water droplet
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It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, 'Always do what you are afraid to do.


Quote: We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of kissing man and woman
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We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten.

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We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten. We can receive anything from love, forthat is a way of receiving it from ourselves; but not from any one who assumes to bestow. We sometimes hate the meat which we eat, because there seems something of degrading dependence in living it.


Quote: Marriage is the perfection of what love aimed at, ignorant of what it sought. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman hugging man
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Marriage is the perfection of what love aimed at, ignorant of what it sought.


Quote: The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person forming heart with their hands
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The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor.


Quote: Men love to wonder and that is the seed of our science. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white and grey bicolor kitten
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Men love to wonder and that is the seed of our science.

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Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of our science, and such is the mechanical determination of our age, and so recent are our best contrivances, that use has not dulled our joy and pride in them. These arts open great gates of a future, promising to make the world plastic and to lift human life out of its beggary to a godlike ease and power.


Quote: A man must ride alternately on the horses of his private and his public nature. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man kissing woman forehead
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A man must ride alternately on the horses of his private and his public nature.


Quote: Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of thyself. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset
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Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of thyself.

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Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a portion of thyself. Thou must bleed for me. Therefore the poet brings his poem; the shepherd, his lamb; the farmer, corn; the miner, a stone; the painter, his picture; the girl, a handkerchief of her own sewing.


Quote: Every man has his own vocation, talent is the call. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of blue and red bird during daytime
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Every man has his own vocation, talent is the call.


Quote: Imagination is not a talent of some people but is the health of everyone. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of multicolored heart LED light on wall
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Imagination is not a talent of some people but is the health of everyone.


Quote: A scholar is a candle which the love and desire of all men will light. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown butterfly perched on flower
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A scholar is a candle which the love and desire of all men will light.


Quote: Concentration is the secret of strength. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower
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Concentration is the secret of strength.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short in all management of human affairs.


Quote: Who you are is speaking so loudly that I can't hear what you're saying. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on yellow flower
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Who you are is speaking so loudly that I can't hear what you're saying.


Quote: If you learn only methods, you'll be tied to your methods but if you learn principles you can devise your own methods. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person tip-toeing in front of other person
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If you learn only methods, you'll be tied to your methods but if you learn principles you can devise your own methods.


Quote: Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of snow-capped mountain at the horizon viewed from lake dock
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Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings.


Quote: Character is an invincible force, which acts by presence and without means. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky
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Character is an invincible force, which acts by presence and without means.


Quote: In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of couple hugging each other during sunset
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In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.


Quote: When it is darkest, men see the stars. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of plant growing from coin jar wallpaper
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When it is darkest, men see the stars.


Quote: One thing in the world, of value, is the active soul. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding yellow petaled flower
Photo Credit: Kawin Harasai

One thing in the world, of value, is the active soul.


Quote: Do not waste yourself in rejection; do not bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of Close-up of a white line on green grass in a soccer field
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Do not waste yourself in rejection; do not bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.


Quote: Astrology is astronomy brought down to Earth and applied toward the affairs of men. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person reaching black heart cutout paper
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Astrology is astronomy brought down to Earth and applied toward the affairs of men.


Quote: Sometimes we receive the power to say yes to life. Then peace enters us and makes us whole. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of pink flower
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Sometimes we receive the power to say yes to life. Then peace enters us and makes us whole.


Quote: You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of red heart wall décor
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You can never do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.


Quote: Let us take our bloated nothingness out of the path of the divine circuits. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of orange and white tabby cat on yellow background
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Let us take our bloated nothingness out of the path of the divine circuits.


History -- a biography of a few stout and earnest persons.


Quote: Happy will that house be in which the relationships are formed from character. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of Monarch butterfly at pink flowers
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Happy will that house be in which the relationships are formed from character.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Happy will that house be in which the relations are formed from character; after the highest, and not after the lowest order; the house in which character marries, and not confusion and a miscellany of unavowable motives.


Quote: Pride ruined the angels. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of five silhouette of birds flying on sky
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Pride ruined the angels.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Pride ruined the angels, Their shame them restores; And the joy that is sweetest Lurks in stings of remorse.


Quote: Nature is reckless of the individual. When she has points to carry, she carries them. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of gray and black laptop computer on surface
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Nature is reckless of the individual. When she has points to carry, she carries them.


Quote: Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of The Muppets Kermit plush toy on gray sofa
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Intellect annuls fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free.


Quote: For Destiny never swerves nor yields to men the helm. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of iceberg near mountain during day
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For Destiny never swerves nor yields to men the helm.


Quote: Be an opener of doors. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man operating laptop on top of table
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Be an opener of doors.


Quote: If a man owns land, the land owns him. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silver round coin on white ceramic pig coin bank
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If a man owns land, the land owns him.


Quote: Tis curious that we only believe as deeply as we live. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and black galleon ship on ocean water under gray sky
Photo Credit: Andreea Swank

Tis curious that we only believe as deeply as we live.


Quote: Man is a piece of the universe made alive. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of purple heart shaped ornament on black and white textile
Photo Credit: Tim Mossholder

Man is a piece of the universe made alive.


Quote: What is originality? It is being one's self, and reporting accurately what we see and are. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of brown and black butterfly flying near blooming purple petaled flowers
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What is originality? It is being one's self, and reporting accurately what we see and are.


Quote: Accuracy is essential to beauty. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green leafed trees with fog
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Accuracy is essential to beauty.


Quote: No book was ever written down by any but itself. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of notebook on table
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

No book was ever written down by any but itself.


Quote: Every advantage has its tax. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of water drops on glass
Photo Credit: Noah Silliman

Every advantage has its tax.


Quote: Philanthropic and religious bodies do not commonly make their executive officers out of saints. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset
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Philanthropic and religious bodies do not commonly make their executive officers out of saints.


Quote: Talent may frolic and juggle; genius realizes and adds. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black and white butterfly on green leaf
Photo Credit: Meg Jerrard

Talent may frolic and juggle; genius realizes and adds.


Quote: Life is not measured by its length, but by its depth. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of red surface
Photo Credit: Clem Onojeghuo

Life is not measured by its length, but by its depth.


Quote: Truth is the summit of being; justice is the application of it to affairs. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white clouds and blue sky
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bezanger

Truth is the summit of being; justice is the application of it to affairs.


Quote: Nature is upheld by antagonism. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman wearing white dress
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Nature is upheld by antagonism.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Nature is upheld by antagonism. Passions, resistance, danger, are educators. We acquire the strength we have overcome.


Quote: The blazing evidence of immortality is our dissatisfaction with any other solution. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person in a plane flying at high altitude taking photo of left airplane wing during daytime
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The blazing evidence of immortality is our dissatisfaction with any other solution.


Quote: The artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like the bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of kitten lying down on bed
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The artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like the bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.


Quote: It is a capital blunder; as you discover, when another man recites his charities. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime
Photo Credit: Wolfgang Hasselmann

It is a capital blunder; as you discover, when another man recites his charities.


Quote: Everything in nature is bipolar, or has a positive and a negative pole. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of low angle view of blue clouds
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Everything in nature is bipolar, or has a positive and a negative pole.


Quote: The brevity of human life gives a melancholy to the profession of the architect. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white cat lying on white textile
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The brevity of human life gives a melancholy to the profession of the architect.


Quote: Spartans, stoics, heroes, saints and gods use short and positive speech. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of shooting star in night sky
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Spartans, stoics, heroes, saints and gods use short and positive speech.


Quote: Society has no bribe for me. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette photography of persons raising hands while standing on island
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Society has no bribe for me.


Quote: When all shoot at one mark, the gods join in the combat. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of dome tent with galaxy with stars
Photo Credit: Jongsun Lee

When all shoot at one mark, the gods join in the combat.


Quote: There are men too superior to be seen except by a few, as there are notes too high for the scale of most ears. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of adult chocolate Labrador retriever
Photo Credit: James Barker

There are men too superior to be seen except by a few, as there are notes too high for the scale of most ears.


Quote: The life of man is a self-evolving circle. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman holding Pug puppy
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The life of man is a self-evolving circle.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The life of man is a self-evolving circle, which, from a ring imperceptibly small, rushes on all sides outwards to new and larger circles, and that without end. The extent to which this generation of circles, wheel without wheel, will go, depends on the force or truth of the individual soul.


Quote: Surely nobody would be a charlatan, who could afford to be sincere. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown rock formation on body of water during daytime
Photo Credit: Loren Cutler

Surely nobody would be a charlatan, who could afford to be sincere.


Quote: That which dominates our imagination and our thoughts will determine our life and character. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of blue rose in close up photography
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That which dominates our imagination and our thoughts will determine our life and character.


Quote: The civility of no race can be perfect whilst another race is degraded. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of blue sky
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The civility of no race can be perfect whilst another race is degraded.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The civility of no race can be perfect whilst another race is degraded. It is a doctrine alike of the oldest and of the newest philosophy, that man is one, and that you cannot injure any member, without a sympathetic injury to all the members.


Quote: The sensual man conforms thoughts to things;
the poet conforms things to his thoughts. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette of person wearing cowboy hat during sunset
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The sensual man conforms thoughts to things;
the poet conforms things to his thoughts.


Quote: The great majority of men grow up and grow old in seeming and following. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on persons hand
Photo Credit: J. Balla Photography

The great majority of men grow up and grow old in seeming and following.


Quote: Friendship should be surrounded with ceremonies and respects, and not crushed into corners. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of two women making peace sign near the Golden Gate bridge
Photo Credit: Ian Schneider

Friendship should be surrounded with ceremonies and respects, and not crushed into corners.


Quote: Prayer that craves a particular commodity, anything less than all good, is vicious. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man and woman kissing
Photo Credit: Filipe Almeida

Prayer that craves a particular commodity, anything less than all good, is vicious.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Prayer that craves a particular commodity—anything less than all good, is vicious. Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view. It is the soliloquy of a beholding and jubilant soul. It is the spirit of God pronouncing his works good. But prayer as a means to effect a private end is theft and meanness. It supposes dualism and not unity in nature and consciousness. As soon as the man is at one with God, he will not beg.


Quote: The sign and credentials of the poet are that he announces that which no man foretold. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of closeup photo of turned-on blue and white laptop computer
Photo Credit: Philipp Katzenberger

The sign and credentials of the poet are that he announces that which no man foretold.


Quote: It depends little on the object, much on the mood, in art. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man hugging woman wall painting
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

It depends little on the object, much on the mood, in art.


Quote: Wild liberty develops iron conscience. Want of liberty, by strengthening law and decorum, stupefies conscience. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green ceramic mug beside book
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

Wild liberty develops iron conscience. Want of liberty, by strengthening law and decorum, stupefies conscience.


The most dangerous thing is illusion.


Quote: The first point of courtesy must always be truth. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of A stack of thick folders on a white surface
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The first point of courtesy must always be truth.


Quote: No man gains credit for his cowardly courtesies. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of 1 us dollar bill
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No man gains credit for his cowardly courtesies.


Quote: The best of life is conversation. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of water drops on glass
Photo Credit: Noah Silliman

The best of life is conversation.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The best of life is conversation, and the greatest success is confidence, or perfect understanding between sincere people.


Quote: The compensations of calamity are made apparent to the understanding also, after long intervals of time. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown wooden hanging bridge surrounded by green trees during daytime
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The compensations of calamity are made apparent to the understanding also, after long intervals of time.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The compensations of calamity are made apparent to the understanding also, after long intervals of time. A fever, a mutilation, a cruel disappointment, a loss of wealth, a loss of friends, seems at the moment unpaid loss, and unpayable. But the sure years reveal the deep remedial force that underlies all facts.


Quote: There is no good theory of disease which does not at once suggest a cure. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman standing on cliff
Photo Credit: Mitchell Hartley

There is no good theory of disease which does not at once suggest a cure.


Quote: Popularity is for dolls. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman in white and pink floral shirt raising her hands
Photo Credit: Priscilla Du Preez

Popularity is for dolls.


Quote: Knowledge, Virtue, Power are the victories of man over his necessities, his march to the dominion of the world. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman standing in green field
Photo Credit: Olia Nayda

Knowledge, Virtue, Power are the victories of man over his necessities, his march to the dominion of the world.


Quote: My doom and my strength is to be solitary. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man facing women near forest
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My doom and my strength is to be solitary.


Quote: The best part of health is fine disposition. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of car passing by in between trees
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The best part of health is fine disposition.


Quote: Looking at God instantly reduces our disposition to dissent from our brother. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of red tulip in bloom close up photo
Photo Credit: Stanislav Rozhkov

Looking at God instantly reduces our disposition to dissent from our brother.


Quote: The right eloquence needs no bell to call the people together, and no constable to keep them. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of leafless tree on snow covered ground
Photo Credit: Wolfgang Hasselmann

The right eloquence needs no bell to call the people together, and no constable to keep them.


Quote: There is no eloquence without a man behind it. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of girl leaning on wall during daytime
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There is no eloquence without a man behind it.


Quote: Eloquence shows the power and possibility of man. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of notebook on table
Photo Credit: Kelly Sikkema

Eloquence shows the power and possibility of man.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

lEloquence shows the power and possibility of man. There is one of whom we took no note, but on a certain occasion it appears that he has a secret virtue never suspected - that he can paint what has occurred and what must occur, with such clearness to a company, as if they saw it done before their eyes. By leading their thought he leads their will, and can make them do gladly what an hour ago they would not believe that they could be led to do at all.


Quote: Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown long coated small dog lying on white textile
Photo Credit: Connor Home

Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak.


Quote: Every man is a channel through which heaven floweth. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of men walking on road
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Every man is a channel through which heaven floweth.


Quote: There is no strong performance without a little fanaticism in the performer. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white clouds and blue sky
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bezanger

There is no strong performance without a little fanaticism in the performer.


Quote: Go where there is no path and leave a trail. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person with black tattoo on left hand
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Go where there is no path and leave a trail.


Quote: There can be no excess to love, none to knowledge, none to beauty. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of aerial view of gray building on brown sand
Photo Credit: Austin Goode

There can be no excess to love, none to knowledge, none to beauty.


Quote: We sometimes meet an original gentleman, who, if manners had not existed, would have invented them. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset
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We sometimes meet an original gentleman, who, if manners had not existed, would have invented them.


Quote: Nature ever faithful is
To such as trust her faithfulness. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of focus photo of a hummingbird on leaf
Photo Credit: Vladimir Kudinov

Nature ever faithful is
To such as trust her faithfulness.


Quote: Life is a festival only to the wise. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of grey coin operated telescope
Photo Credit: Drew Graham

Life is a festival only to the wise.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Life is a festival only to the wise. Seen from the nook and chimneyside of prudence, it wears a ragged and dangerous front.


Quote: Love is the bright foreigner, the foreign self. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding gray and beige roman numeral alarm clock
Photo Credit: Elena Koycheva

Love is the bright foreigner, the foreign self.


Quote: The frost which kills the harvest of a year saves the harvest of a century, by destroying the weevil or the locust. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of blue and white abstract painting
Photo Credit: Daniele Franchi

The frost which kills the harvest of a year saves the harvest of a century, by destroying the weevil or the locust.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The frost which kills the harvest of a year, saves the harvests of a century, by destroying the weevil or the locust. Wars, fires, plagues, break up immovable routine, clear the ground of rotten races and dens of distemper, and open a fair field to new men. There is a tendency in things to right themselves, and the war or revolution or bankruptcy that shatters a rotten system, allows things to take a new and natural order. The sharpest evils are bent into that periodicity which makes the errors of planets, and the fevers and distempers of men, self-limiting. Nature is upheld by antagonism. Passions, resistance, danger, are educators. We acquire the strength we have overcome. Without war, no soldier; without enemies, no hero.


Quote: Heaven is large, and affords space for all modes of love and fortitude. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of cute dog on street night scene wallpaper
Photo Credit: Yura Ryzhov

Heaven is large, and affords space for all modes of love and fortitude.


Quote: Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green and blue chevron textile
Photo Credit: Toa Heftiba

Men over forty are no judges of a book written in a new spirit.


Quote: The Sun is the sole inconsumable fireAnd God is the sole inexhaustible Giver. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of forest trees photograph
Photo Credit: Logan Easterling

The Sun is the sole inconsumable fireAnd God is the sole inexhaustible Giver.


Quote: What is the hardest task in the world? To think. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black flat screen computer monitor
Photo Credit: Mohammad Rahmani

What is the hardest task in the world? To think.


Quote: Coolness and absence of heat and haste indicate fine qualities. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman lying on white lounge chair in the middle of pool
Photo Credit: Jane Palash

Coolness and absence of heat and haste indicate fine qualities.


Quote: The new statement is always hated by the old, and, to those dwelling in the old, comes like an abyss of skepticism. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black wooden door near green plant
Photo Credit: Cristina Gottardi

The new statement is always hated by the old, and, to those dwelling in the old, comes like an abyss of skepticism.


Quote: The corruption of man is followed by the corruption of language. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man in black and white striped shirt sitting on brown rock during daytime
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The corruption of man is followed by the corruption of language.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The corruption of man is followed by the corruption of language. ... In due time, the fraud is manifest, and words lose all power to stimulate the understanding or the affections.


Quote: The hero is suffered to be himself. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of group of people sitting on ground with bonfire during daytime
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The hero is suffered to be himself.


Quote: It is with a good book as it is with good company. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of focus photography of chick on gray ground
Photo Credit: Ray Hennessy

It is with a good book as it is with good company.


Quote: Walking has the best value as gymnastics of the mind. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green tree under blue sky during night time
Photo Credit: Tasos Mansour

Walking has the best value as gymnastics of the mind.


Quote: The household is a school of power. There, within the door, learn the tragi-comedy of human life. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of blue sky with white clouds
Photo Credit: Lucas Ludwig

The household is a school of power. There, within the door, learn the tragi-comedy of human life.


Quote: Very idle is all curiosity concerning other people's estimate of us, and all fear of remaining unknown is not less so. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of smiling woman wearing gray hoodie
Photo Credit: Ivana Cajina

Very idle is all curiosity concerning other people's estimate of us, and all fear of remaining unknown is not less so.


Quote: Every man is an impossibility until he is born. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset forest
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Every man is an impossibility until he is born.


Quote: The health of the eye demands a horizon. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white flower
Photo Credit: DiscoverQuotes Staff

The health of the eye demands a horizon.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.


Quote: Imitation cannot go above its model. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman hugging other woman while smiling at beach
Photo Credit: Omar Lopez

Imitation cannot go above its model.


Quote: Hospitality consists in a little fire, a little food, and an immense quiet. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown chopped logs
Photo Credit: Maciej Rusek

Hospitality consists in a little fire, a little food, and an immense quiet.


Quote: Universities are of course hostile to geniuses. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of flame illustration
Photo Credit: Paul Bulai

Universities are of course hostile to geniuses.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Universities are of course hostile to geniuses, which, seeing and using ways of their own, discredit the routine: as churches and monasteries persecute youthful saints.


Quote: It makes no difference whether the appeal is to numbers or to one. The faith that stands on authority is not faith. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white-and-pink flowers
Photo Credit: Masaaki Komori

It makes no difference whether the appeal is to numbers or to one. The faith that stands on authority is not faith.


Quote: Works of the intellect are great only by comparison with each other. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of 2 girls in blue dress standing on brown field during daytime
Photo Credit: Josue Michel

Works of the intellect are great only by comparison with each other.


Quote: If a man's eye is on the Eternal, his intellect will grow. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of two women walking on bridge during daytime
Photo Credit: Julia Caesar

If a man's eye is on the Eternal, his intellect will grow.


Quote: Everything intercepts us from ourselves. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman carrying toddler on seashore
Photo Credit: Daiga Ellaby

Everything intercepts us from ourselves.


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