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By Anonym 14 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The foolish man wonders at the unusual, but the wise man at the usual.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

But only that soul can be my friend which I encounter on the line of my own march, that soul to which I do not decline, and which does not decline me, but, native of the same celestial latitude, repeats in its own all my experience.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The maker of a sentence launches out into the infinite and builds a road into Chaos and old Night, and is followed by those who hear him with something of wild, creative delight.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

No picture of life can have any veracity that does not admit the odious facts. A man's power is hooped in by a necessity, which, by many experiments, he touches on every side, until he learns its arc.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

True love transcends the unworthy object, and dwells and broods on the eternal, and when the poor interposed mask crumbles, it is not sad, but feels rid of so much earth, and feels its independency the surer.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every young man is prone to be misled by the suggestions of his own ill-founded ambition which he mistakes for the promptings of asecret genius, and thence dreams of unrivaled greatness.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The roses under my window make no reference to former roses or better ones; they are what they are; they exist with God today. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I didn't find my friends; the good Lord gave them to me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The flowering of civilization is the finished man, the man of sense, of grace, of accomplishment, of social power--the gentleman.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every vice is only an exaggeration of a necessary and virtuous function.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but only retire a little from sight and afterward return again.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The victories of character are instant, and victories for all.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Noblesse oblige; or, superior advantages bind you to larger generosity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am always insincere, as always knowing there are other moods.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are adapted to infinity. We are hard to please, and love nothing which ends: and in nature is no end; but every thing, at the end of one use, is lifted into a superior, and the ascent of these things climbs into daemonic and celestial natures.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like to him; wherever he goes.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In imitation is a bit suicide.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be lord of a day, through wisdom and justice, and you can put up your history books.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each man, if he attempts to join himself to others, is on all sides cramped and diminished of his proportion; and the stricter theunion, the smaller and the more pitiful he is. But leave him alone, to recognize in every hour and place the secret soul, he will go up and down doing the works of a true member, and, to the astonishment of all, the work will be done with concert, though no man spoke.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The private life of one man shall be a more illustrious monarchy,--more formidable to its enemy, more sweet and serene in its influence to its friend, than any kingdom in history. For a man, rightly viewed, comprehendeth the particular natures of all men.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are twenty ways of going to a point, and one is the shortest; but set out at once on one. A man who has that presence of mind which can bring to him on the instant all he knows, is worth for action a dozen men who know as much, but can only bring it to light slowly.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is properly no history, only biography.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who are esteemed umpires of taste, are often persons who have acquired some knowledge of admired pictures or sculptures, andhave an inclination for whatever is elegant; but if you inquire whether they are beautiful souls, and whether their own acts are like fair pictures, you learn that they are selfish and sensual. Their cultivation is local, as if you should rub a log of dry wood in one spot to produce fire, all the rest remaining cold.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think.... 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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The prayer of the farmer kneeling in his field to weed it, the prayer of the rower kneeling with the stroke of his oar, are true prayers heard throughout nature.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

God will have life to be real; we will be damned, but it shall be theatrical.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

God will not have his work made manifest by cowards. Always, always, always, always, always do what you are afraid to do. Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In every landscape, the point of astonishment is the meeting of the sky and the earth, and that is seen from the first hillock aswell as from the top of the Alleghanies. The stars at night stoop down over the brownest, homeliest common, with all the spiritual magnificence which they shed on the Campagna, or on the marble deserts of Egypt.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What can we see, read, acquire, but ourselves. Take the book, my friend, and read your eyes out, you will never find there what I find.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our religion vulgarly stands on numbers of believers. Whenever the appeal is made--no matter how indirectly--to numbers, proclamation is then and there made, that religion is not. He that finds God a sweet, enveloping presence, who shall dare to come in?

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you have worn out yourshoes, the strength of the shoe leather has passed into the fiber ofyour body. I measure your health by the number of shoes and hats andclothes you have worn out.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The soul refuses limits and always affirms an optimism, never a pessimism.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are such lovers of self-reliance, that we excuse in a man many sins, if he will show us a complete satisfaction in his position, which asks no leave to be, of mine, or any man's good opinion.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Concentration is the secret of strength.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The soul contains the event that shall befall it, for the event is only the actualization of its thoughts; and what we pray to ourselves for is always granted.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wealth is in applications of mind to nature; and the art of getting rich consists not in industry, much less in saving, but in a better order, in timeliness, in being at the right spot.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is a god in ruins. When men are innocent, life shall be longer, and shall pass into the immortal, as gently as we awake from dreams.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must set up a strong present tense against all rumors of wrath, past and to come.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A good indignation brings out all one's powers.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We know more from nature than we can at will communicate.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The leaves are falling, falling as from way off, as though far gardens withered in the skies; they are falling with denying gestures. And in the nights the heavy earth is falling from all the stars down into loneliness. We all are falling. This hand falls. And look at others: it is in them all. And yet there is one who holds this falling endlessly gently in his hands.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

He that loveth maketh his own the grandeur he loves

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Astrology is astronomy brought down to Earth and applied toward the affairs of men.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In different hours, a man represents each of several of his ancestors, as if there were seven or eight of us rolled up in each man's skin, - seven or eight ancestors at least, and they constitute the variety of notes for that new piece of music which his life is.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

God is our name for the last generalization to which we can arrive.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The people are to be taken in very small doses.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Stay at home in your mind. Don't recite other people's opinions.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

And I myself, in Rome, heard it said openly in the streets, "If there is a hell, then Rome is built on it." MARTIN LUTHER, Against the Roman Papacy, An Institution of the Devil London is the epitome of our times, and the Rome of to-day.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Ralph Waldo Emerson

[on Thoreau:] For not a particle of respect had he to the opinions of any man or body of men, but homage solely to truth itself.