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Ralph Waldo Emerson
May 25, 1803 - April 27, 1882
Nationality: American
Category: Poet
Subcategory: American Poet

I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.


There is an optical illusion about every person we meet.


There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.


A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.


Every wall is a door.


Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.


It is the quality of the moment, not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports.


He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.


Men are what their mothers made them.


Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action.


Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.


Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.


Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural.


Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.


Always do what you are afraid to do.


People disparage knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing. I am content with knowing, if only I could know.


For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.


All mankind love a lover.


To be great is to be misunderstood.


Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.


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