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

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?


It is my desire, in the office of a Christian minister, to do nothing which I cannot do with my whole heart. Having said this, I have said all.


Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.


There is no chance and anarchy in the universe. All is system and gradation. Every god is there sitting in his sphere.


The reason why men do not obey us, is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.


We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.


Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.


The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity, but in being uninteresting.


When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.


Revolutions go not backward.


Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.


Getting old is a fascination thing. The older you get, the older you want to get.


Every man is a consumer, and ought to be a producer. He is by constitution expensive, and needs to be rich.


Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.


Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste.


It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.


Hitch your wagon to a star.


For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.


The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.


Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.


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