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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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

As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.


Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine, a possession for all time.


We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state.


A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.


People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.


Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.


As soon as there is life there is danger.


We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.


Make yourself necessary to somebody.


Why need I volumes, if one word suffice?


Every fact is related on one side to sensation, and, on the other, to morals. The game of thought is, on the appearance of one of these two sides, to find the other: given the upper, to find the under side.


Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.


No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.


If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.


Reality is a sliding door.


The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.


Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.


Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.


Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.


What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.


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