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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Whatever you do, you need courage. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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It is not length of life, but depth of life. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals, that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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It is the quality of the moment, not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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If a man can... make a better mousetrap, the world will make a beaten path to his door. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Sooner or later that which is now life shall be poetry, and every fair and manly trait shall add a richer strain to the song. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Love, which is the essence of God, is not for levity, but for the total worth of man. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Do the thing and you will have the power. But they that do not the thing, had not the power. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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We take care of our health; we lay up money; we make our roof tight, and our clothing sufficient; but who provides wisely that he shall not be wanting in the best property of all, -friends? Ralph Waldo Emerson
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There never was a strong character that was not made strong by discipline of the will; there never was a strong people that did not rank subordination and discipline among the signal virtues. Subjection to moods is the mark of a deteriorating morality. There is no baser servitude than that of the man whose caprices are his masters, and a nation composed of such men could not long preserve its liberties. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The use of literature is to afford us a platform whence we may command a view of our present life, a purchase by which we may move it....we see literature best from the midst of wild nature, or from the din of affairs, or from a high religion. The field cannot be well seen from within the field. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nor knowest thou what argument Thy life to thy neighbor's creed has lent. All are needed by each one; Nothing is fair or good alone. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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If a man's eye is on the Eternal, his intellect will grow. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I know and see too well, when not voluntarily blind, the speedy limits opersons called high and worthy. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The unbelief of the age is attested by the loud condemnation of trifles. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Experience is the only teacher, and we get his lesson indifferently in any school. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Friendship requires more time than poor busy men can usually command. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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A cultivated man, wise to know and bold to perform, is the end to which nature works. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nature is no spendthrift, but takes the shortest way to her ends. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Conservatism, ever more timorous and narrow, disgusts the children, and drives them for a mouthful of fresh air into radicalism. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Every ship is a romantic object, except that we sail in. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The spirit of our American radicalism is destructive and aimless; it is not loving; it has no ulterior and divine ends; but is destructive only out of hatred and selfishness. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Allow yourself to trust joy and embrace it. You will find you dance with everything. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The power of love, as the basis of a State, has never been tried. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The greatest discoveries are those that shed light unto ourselves. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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There is no way to success in art but to take off your coat, grind paint, and work like a digger on the railroad, all day and every day. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nature has made up her mind that what cannot defend itself shall not be defended. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Two may talk and one may hear, but three cannot take part in a conversation of the most sincere and searching sort. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The eye of prudence may never shut. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Genius appeals to the future. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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In science we have to consider two things: power and circumstance. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Something is wanting to science until it has been humanised. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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This ennui, for which we Saxons had no name,-this word of France, has got a terrific significance. It shortens life, and bereaves the day of its light. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Man begins life helpless. The babe is in paroxysms of fear the moment its nurse leaves it alone, and it comes so slowly to any power of self-protection that mothers say the salvation of the life and health of a young child is a perpetual miracle. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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My garden is a forest ledge Which older forest s bound; The banks slope down to the blue lake-edge, Then plunge to depths profound! Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The beautiful laws of time and space, once dislocated by our inaptitude, are holes and dens. If the hive be disturbed by rash and stupid hands, instead of honey, it will yield us bees. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The truth, the hope, of any time must be sought in the minorities. Michael Angelo was the conscience of Italy. We grow free with his name, and find it ornamental now, but in his own day his friends were few. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The days are made on a loom whereof the warp and woof are past and future time. They are majestically dressed, as if every god brought a thread to the skyey web. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Evil is merely privative, not absolute: it is like cold, which is the privation of beat. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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A man in pursuit of greatness feels no little wants. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Living without Laughing isn't living. Be silly. Be honest. Be Kind. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Universities are of course hostile to geniuses. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Music is the poor man's Parnassus. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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In this great society wide lying around us, a critical analysis would find very few spontaneous actions. It is almost all custom and gross sense. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The soul knows no persons. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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In the woods, too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life, is always a child. In the woods is perpetual youth. Within these plantations of God a decorum and sanctity reign, a perennial festival is dressed, and the guest sees not how he should tire of them in a thousand years. In the woods we return to reason and faith. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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We say the cows laid out Boston. Well, there are worse surveyors. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Friends should be like books, easy to find when you need them, but seldom used. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Heaven sometimes hedges a rare character about with ungainliness and odium, as the burr that protects the fruit. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Invention breeds invention. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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In Nature, all is useful, all is beautiful Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The whole of what we know is a system of compensation. Every defect in one manner is made up in another. Every suffering is rewarded; every sacrifice is made up; every debt is paid. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The sun shines and warms and lights us and we have no curiosity to know why this is so; but we ask the reason of all evil, of pain, and hunger, and mosquitoes and silly people. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Thy dangerous glances make women of men; new-born, we are melting into nature again. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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How much more the seeker of abstract truth, who needs periods of isolation, and rapt concentration, and almost a going out of thebody to think! Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Society always consists, in greatest part, of young and foolish persons. The old, who have seen through the hypocrisy of the courts and statesmen, die, and leave no wisdom to their sons. They believe their own newspaper, as their fathers did at their age. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The Times are the masquerade of the eternities; trivial to the dull, tokens of noble and majestic agents to the wise; the receptacle in which the Past leaves its history; the quarry out of which the genius of today is building up the Future. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The connection between our knowledge and the abyss of being is still real, and the explication must be not less magnificent. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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