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Wikipedia Summary for Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882), who went by his middle name Waldo, was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.

Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of transcendentalism in his 1836 essay "Nature". Following this work, he gave a speech entitled "The American Scholar" in 1837, which Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. considered to be America's "intellectual Declaration of Independence."Emerson wrote most of his important essays as lectures first and then revised them for print. His first two collections of essays, Essays: First Series (1841) and Essays: Second Series (1844), represent the core of his thinking. They include the well-known essays "Self-Reliance", "The Over-Soul", "Circles", "The Poet", and "Experience." Together with "Nature", these essays made the decade from the mid-1830s to the mid-1840s Emerson's most fertile period.

Emerson wrote on a number of subjects, never espousing fixed philosophical tenets, but developing certain ideas such as individuality, freedom, the ability for mankind to realize almost anything, and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding world. Emerson's "nature" was more philosophical than naturalistic: "Philosophically considered, the universe is composed of Nature and the Soul." Emerson is one of several figures who "took a more pantheist or pandeist approach by rejecting views of God as separate from the world."He remains among the linchpins of the American romantic movement, and his work has greatly influenced the thinkers, writers and poets that followed him. "In all my lectures," he wrote, "I have taught one doctrine, namely, the infinitude of the private man." Emerson is also well known as a mentor and friend of Henry David Thoreau, a fellow transcendentalist. in 1867, he was elected as a member to the American Philosophical Society.

Quote: Whatever you do, you need courage. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding red and beige twin bell analog alarm clock
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Whatever you do, you need courage.

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Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.


Quote: Love is like wildflowers; it's often found in the most unlikely places. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of monarch butterfly perched on pink flower in close up photography during daytime
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Love is like wildflowers; it's often found in the most unlikely places.


Quote: Health is the first muse, and sleep is the condition to produce it. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of photography of yellow petaled flowers field
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Health is the first muse, and sleep is the condition to produce it.


Quote: Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of blue and red bird during daytime
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Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.


Quote: A great man is always willing to be little. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette of person on top of mountain pointing flashlight on sky filled with stars at night time
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A great man is always willing to be little.


Quote: Nothing external to you has any power over you. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of orange flowers
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Nothing external to you has any power over you.


Quote: Every artist was first an amateur. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman hugging other woman while smiling at beach
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Every artist was first an amateur.


Quote: Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of yellow flower
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Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.

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Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. It depends on the mood of the man, whether he shall see the sunset or the fine poem. There are always sunsets, and there is always genius; but only a few hours so serene that we can relish nature or criticism. The more or less depends on structure or temperament. Temperament is the iron wire on which the beads are strung. Of what use is fortune or talent to a cold and defective store?


Quote: The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and black galleon ship on ocean water under gray sky
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The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.


Quote: Make yourself necessary to somebody. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of red rope on three branch
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Make yourself necessary to somebody.


Quote: Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of bee on flower
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Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons.


Quote: The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of photo of pine tree
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The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.


Quote: The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence
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The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.


Quote: Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and black leaf in close up photography
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Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.


Quote: Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white wooden table near brown chair
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Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.


Quote: For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green trees under white sky during daytime
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For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.


Quote: The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of snow-covered mountain near lake under blue sky
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The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.


Quote: The only way to have a friend is to be one. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of group of people sitting on ground with bonfire during daytime
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The only way to have a friend is to be one.


Quote: First be a good animal. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man with easel
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First be a good animal.


Quote: Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of beige concrete wall
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Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world.


Quote: The poisons are our principal medicines, which kill the disease and save the life. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man running on seashore
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The poisons are our principal medicines, which kill the disease and save the life.


Quote: Each man has an aptitude born with him. Do your work. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of Magic Keyboard beside mug and click pen
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Each man has an aptitude born with him. Do your work.


Quote: The ancients called beauty the flowering of virtue. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of purple flower in tilt shift lens
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The ancients called beauty the flowering of virtue.


Quote: Beauty is the pilot of the young soul. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of flower garden
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Beauty is the pilot of the young soul.


Quote: The lover is made happier by his love than the object of his affection. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man kissing the woman wearing blue polka-dot dress
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The lover is made happier by his love than the object of his affection.


Quote: The power of love, as the basis of a State, has never been tried. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette of man and woman kissing under starry night
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The power of love, as the basis of a State, has never been tried.


Quote: The man in the street does not know a star in the sky. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of trees at sunset
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The man in the street does not know a star in the sky.


Quote: Allow yourself to trust joy and embrace it. You will find you dance with everything. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green mountain ]
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Allow yourself to trust joy and embrace it. You will find you dance with everything.


Quote: To live the greatest number of good hours is wisdom. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of clear liquid on leaf
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To live the greatest number of good hours is wisdom.


Quote: All the world loves a lover. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of full-bloomed red and white tulip flowers
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All the world loves a lover.

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All the world loves a lover, but how it does laugh at his love letters.


Quote: No hope so bright but is the beginning of its own fulfilment. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of coffee latte near white wireless keyboard and Apple EarPods on the table photography
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No hope so bright but is the beginning of its own fulfilment.


Quote: Nature is no spendthrift, but takes the shortest way to her ends. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of Rolls Royce car emblem wallpaper
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Nature is no spendthrift, but takes the shortest way to her ends.


Quote: Be not the slave of your own past. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of grey ceramic woman's face with red rose figurine
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Be not the slave of your own past.

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Be not the slave of your own past - plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.


Quote: The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette photo of trees during night time
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The wonder is that we can see these trees and not wonder more.


Quote: Every man passes his life in the search after friendship. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of two woman sitting on beach sand while facing sunlight
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Every man passes his life in the search after friendship.


Quote: Traveling is a fool's paradise. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of five silhouette of birds flying on sky
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Traveling is a fool's paradise.

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Traveling is a fool's paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places. At home I dream that at Naples, at Rome, I can be intoxicated with beauty, and lose my sadness. I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the stern fact, the sad self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from. I seek the Vatican, and the palaces. I affect to be intoxicated with sights and suggestions, but I am not intoxicated. My giant goes with me wherever I go.


Quote: Love, and you shall be loved. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding sunflower
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Love, and you shall be loved.


Quote: The First wealth is health. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman hugging other woman while smiling at beach
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The First wealth is health.


Quote: Solitude is impractical and yet society is fatal. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of bird at pier
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Solitude is impractical and yet society is fatal.


Quote: Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of couple sitting on the field facing the city
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Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.


Quote: Don't be pushed by your problems; be led by your dreams. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of dome tent with galaxy with stars
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Don't be pushed by your problems; be led by your dreams.


Quote: Men are respectable only as they respect. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding pencil near laptop computer
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Men are respectable only as they respect.


Quote: Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of crack in wall
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Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.

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Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle.


Quote: All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of two dogs sitting on maroon area rug
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All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.


Quote: Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of Blue to purple gradient
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Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous.


Quote: The faith that stands on authority is not faith. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person with black tattoo on left hand
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The faith that stands on authority is not faith.


Quote: The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of flying blue and green hummingbird
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The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.


Quote: Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman in black jacket standing near window
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Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.


Quote: Beauty rests on necessities. The line of beauty is the result of perfect economy. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of red rose illustration
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Beauty rests on necessities. The line of beauty is the result of perfect economy.


Quote: Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of gray-scale photo of man and woman holding hands
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Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn.


Quote: We walk alone in the world. Friends, such as we desire, are dreams and fables. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of two women walking together outdoor during daytime
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We walk alone in the world. Friends, such as we desire, are dreams and fables.


Quote: Life is a progress, and not a station. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower
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Life is a progress, and not a station.


Quote: A nobler want of man is served by nature, namely, the love of beauty. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset and agave stalk
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A nobler want of man is served by nature, namely, the love of beauty.


Quote: Everything in nature goes by law, and not by luck. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of photography of lake near tree
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Everything in nature goes by law, and not by luck.


Quote: The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown sand under blue sky during daytime
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The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.


Quote: There I feel that nothing can befall me. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of three people paddling in canoe
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There I feel that nothing can befall me.


Quote: Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of high-angle photography of mountain at sunset
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Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Nature never hurries: atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work. The lesson one learns from yachting or planting is the manners of Nature; patience with the delays of wind and sun, delays of the seasons, bad weather, excess or lack of water.


Quote: Patience and fortitude conquer all things. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of four wooden boat on teal sea
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Patience and fortitude conquer all things.


Quote: This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset
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This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.


Quote: The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and black jazz guitar with dim light
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The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity.

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The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity. The inventor did it, because it was natural to him, and so in him it has a charm. In the imitator, something else is natural, and he bereaves himself of his own beauty, to come short of another man's.


Quote: Nature hates calculators. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man in gray and black suit holding brown wooden stick
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Nature hates calculators.


Quote: This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of round black clock on linen
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This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.


Quote: Some books leave us free and some books make us free. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown Tabby cat on yellow wooden bench
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Some books leave us free and some books make us free.


Quote: No great man ever complains of want of opportunity. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette of man and woman kissing during sunset
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No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.


Quote: We gain the strength of the temptation we resist. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset woman at beach
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We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.


Quote: Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of notebook on table
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Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.


Every man I meet is in some way my superior.


Quote: Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset highway
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Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.


Quote: Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine, a possession for all time. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of multicolored heart LED light on wall
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Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine, a possession for all time.


Quote: The years teach much which the days never know. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person getting 1 U.S. dollar banknote in wallet
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The years teach much which the days never know.


Quote: With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman singing on stage
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With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.


Quote: We are always getting ready to live but never living. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime
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We are always getting ready to live but never living.

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We are always getting ready to live, but never living... The wave moves onward but the particles of which it is composed do not... It cannot be but that at intervals throughout society there are real men intermixed . . . as the carpenter puts one iron bar in his bannister for every five or six wooden ones.


Quote: Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of brown and black butterfly flying near blooming purple petaled flowers
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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.


Quote: The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding green plants
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The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.


Quote: Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of flat lay photography teacup on top of saucer
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Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

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Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.


Quote: Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of toddler hugging siberian husky
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Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

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Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. To a man laboring under calamity the heat of his own fire hath sadness in it. Then there is a kind of contempt of the landscape felt by him who has just lost by death a dear friend. The sky is less grand as it shuts down over less worth in the population.


Quote: Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding brown leaf
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Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.


Quote: We aim above the mark to hit the mark. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman hugging other woman while smiling at beach
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We aim above the mark to hit the mark.

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We aim above the mark, to hit the mark. Every act hath some falsehood of exaggeration in it.


Quote: Hitch your wagon to a star. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of three brown tabby kitten lying on board
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Hitch your wagon to a star.


Quote: Beauty without expression is boring. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of empty pathway
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Beauty without expression is boring.


Quote: The first wealth is health. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of two women standing on moutain
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The first wealth is health.


Quote: Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding gray and beige roman numeral alarm clock
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Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste.


Quote: What you are comes to you. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of cat in space
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What you are comes to you.


Quote: Self trust is the first secret of success. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of sunflower
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Self trust is the first secret of success.


Quote: To fill the hour--that is happiness. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of short-coated black puppy
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To fill the hour--that is happiness.

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To fill the hour; that is happiness to fill the hour, and leave no crevice for a repentance or an approval.


Quote: The language of the street is always strong. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and white dog in close-up photography
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The language of the street is always strong.


Quote: Beware of jokes from which we go away hollow and ashamed. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette of man and woman kissing on beach during sunset
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Beware of jokes from which we go away hollow and ashamed.


Quote: My evening visitors, if they cannot see the clock, should find the time in my face. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of low-angle photo of white daisy
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My evening visitors, if they cannot see the clock, should find the time in my face.


Quote: Every man's Reason is sufficient for his guidance, if used. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person wearing red jacket climbing on glacier
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Every man's Reason is sufficient for his guidance, if used.


Quote: I have thought that a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silver bell alarm clock
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I have thought that a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.


Quote: What we call results are beginnings. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape
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What we call results are beginnings.


Quote: The street is full of humiliations to the proud. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of rainbow
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The street is full of humiliations to the proud.


We aim above the mark to hit the mark.


Quote: It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, 'Always do what you are afraid to do. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of blue rose with water droplet
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It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, 'Always do what you are afraid to do.


Quote: We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of kissing man and woman
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We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten.

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We do not quite forgive a giver. The hand that feeds us is in some danger of being bitten. We can receive anything from love, forthat is a way of receiving it from ourselves; but not from any one who assumes to bestow. We sometimes hate the meat which we eat, because there seems something of degrading dependence in living it.


Quote: Marriage is the perfection of what love aimed at, ignorant of what it sought. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman hugging man
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Marriage is the perfection of what love aimed at, ignorant of what it sought.


Quote: The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person forming heart with their hands
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The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor.


Quote: Men love to wonder and that is the seed of our science. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white and grey bicolor kitten
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Men love to wonder and that is the seed of our science.

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Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of our science, and such is the mechanical determination of our age, and so recent are our best contrivances, that use has not dulled our joy and pride in them. These arts open great gates of a future, promising to make the world plastic and to lift human life out of its beggary to a godlike ease and power.


Quote: A man must ride alternately on the horses of his private and his public nature. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man kissing woman forehead
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A man must ride alternately on the horses of his private and his public nature.


Quote: Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of thyself. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset
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Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of thyself.

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Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a portion of thyself. Thou must bleed for me. Therefore the poet brings his poem; the shepherd, his lamb; the farmer, corn; the miner, a stone; the painter, his picture; the girl, a handkerchief of her own sewing.


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