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Quote: Love, which is the essence of God, is not for levity, but for the total worth of man. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette photography of person in gray sailing boat in the middle of body of water
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Love, which is the essence of God, is not for levity, but for the total worth of man.


Quote: Nothing can be colder than his head, when the lightnings of his imagination are playing in the sky. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white and gray cat on brown wooden table
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Nothing can be colder than his head, when the lightnings of his imagination are playing in the sky.


Quote: He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of blue mountains at daytime
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He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses.


Quote: Perpetual modernism is the measure of merit in every work of art. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of grassland landscape
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Perpetual modernism is the measure of merit in every work of art.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Perpetual modernness is the measure of merit, in every work of art; since the author of it was not misled by anything short- livedor local, but abode by real and abiding traits.


Quote: The multitude of the sick shall not make us deny the existence of health. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and white long coated dog sitting on brown wooden round table
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The multitude of the sick shall not make us deny the existence of health.


Quote: All history is a record of the power of minorities, and of minorities of one. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset grasslands
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All history is a record of the power of minorities, and of minorities of one.


Quote: Miracle comes to the miraculous, not to the arithmetician. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of adult black and tan dachshund
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Miracle comes to the miraculous, not to the arithmetician.


Quote: Men wish to be saved from the mischiefs of their vices, but not from their vices. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of high-angle photography of mountain at sunset
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Men wish to be saved from the mischiefs of their vices, but not from their vices.


Quote: Prayer as a means to effect a private end is theft and meanness. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman wearing black bikini tap swimming on body of water between trees
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Prayer as a means to effect a private end is theft and meanness.


Quote: Everything in our world, even a drop of dew, is a microcosm of the universe. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of turned off MacBook Pro beside white ceramic mug filled with coffee
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Everything in our world, even a drop of dew, is a microcosm of the universe.


Quote: It is very odd that Nature should be so unscrupulous. She is no saint. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime
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It is very odd that Nature should be so unscrupulous. She is no saint.


Quote: The philosophy of waiting is sustained by all the oracles of the universe. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man kissing woman forehead
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The philosophy of waiting is sustained by all the oracles of the universe.


Quote: All great speakers were bad speakers at first. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of pink and white flowers on white surface
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All great speakers were bad speakers at first.


Quote: Great men are more distinguished by range and extent than by originality. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of purple and black skies
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Great men are more distinguished by range and extent than by originality.


Quote: Every noble activity makes room for itself. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of body of water under cloudy sky at night
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Every noble activity makes room for itself.


Quote: Obedience alone gives the right to command. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman carrying toddler on seashore
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Obedience alone gives the right to command.


Quote: I am a part and parcel of God. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of closeup photo of violin on brown surface
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I am a part and parcel of God.


Quote: The world is plentiful with honey, but only the humble bee can collect it. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man kissing woman while sitting on railings during night
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The world is plentiful with honey, but only the humble bee can collect it.


Quote: Grow angry slowly -- there's plenty of time. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman holding cake looking up
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Grow angry slowly -- there's plenty of time.


Persecution readily knits friendship between its victims.


Quote: Love what is simple and beautiful. 
These are the essentials. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man in orange jacket and black pants doing snow ski during daytime
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Love what is simple and beautiful.
These are the essentials.


Quote: All promise outruns performance. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of fountain pen
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All promise outruns performance.


Quote: We prize books, and they prize them most who are themselves wise. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green and blue chevron textile
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We prize books, and they prize them most who are themselves wise.


Quote: The love of novels is the preference of sentiment to the senses. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man in cowboy hat
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The love of novels is the preference of sentiment to the senses.


Quote: The eye of prudence may never shut. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of Peace sign logo neon signage
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The eye of prudence may never shut.


Quote: Never self-possessed, or prudent, love is all abandonment. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of eyeglasses in bokeh photography
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Never self-possessed, or prudent, love is all abandonment.


Quote: Things refuse to be mismanaged for long. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of pink flowers with white background
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Things refuse to be mismanaged for long.


Quote: It is the fault of our rhetoric that we cannot strongly state one fact without seeming to belie some other. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette of off-road car
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It is the fault of our rhetoric that we cannot strongly state one fact without seeming to belie some other.


Quote: The riddle of the age has for each a private solution. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of snowflake
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The riddle of the age has for each a private solution.


Quote: Rectitude is a perpetual victory, celebrated not by cries of joy but by serenity, which is joy fixed or habitual. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of orange tabby cat
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Rectitude is a perpetual victory, celebrated not by cries of joy but by serenity, which is joy fixed or habitual.


Quote: In the sublimest flights of the soul, rectitude is never surmounted, love is never outgrown. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time
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In the sublimest flights of the soul, rectitude is never surmounted, love is never outgrown.


Quote: The restraining grace of common sense is the mark of all valid minds. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man running on seashore
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The restraining grace of common sense is the mark of all valid minds.


Quote: Every reform was once a private opinion. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green bird perching on stem
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Every reform was once a private opinion.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Every reform was once a private opinion, and when it shall be a private opinion again, it will solve the problem of the age.


Quote: Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and money not scarce? by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of low angle view of blue clouds
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Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and money not scarce?


Quote: My joy in friends, those sacred people, is my consolation. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of feet in stream
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My joy in friends, those sacred people, is my consolation.


Quote: O friend, never strike sail to a fear! by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape donkey
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O friend, never strike sail to a fear!

Longer Version/[Notes]:

O friend, never strike sail to a fear! Come into port greatly, or sail with God the seas.


Quote: The sanity of society is a balance of a thousand insanity's. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person carrying yellow and black backpack walking between green plants
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The sanity of society is a balance of a thousand insanity's.


Quote: The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset
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The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The stars awaken a certain reverence, because though always present, they are inaccessible; but all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence. Nature never wears a mean appearance. Neither does the wisest man extort her secret, and lose his curiosity by finding out all her perfection. Nature never became a toy to a wise spirit. The flowers, the animals, the mountains, reflected the wisdom of his best hour, as much as they had delighted the simplicity of his childhood.


Quote: He that despiseth small things will perish by little and little. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of pink concrete wall during daytime
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He that despiseth small things will perish by little and little.


Quote: God builds his temple in the heart on the ruins of churches and religions. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of aerial photo of foggy mountains
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God builds his temple in the heart on the ruins of churches and religions.


Quote: A weed is a plant whose virtue is not yet known. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man smiling while facing other person
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A weed is a plant whose virtue is not yet known.


Quote: The virtues of society are the vices of the saints. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of macro shot photography of two votive candles
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The virtues of society are the vices of the saints.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The virtues of society are vices of the saint. The terror of reform is the discovery that we must cast away our virtues, or what we have always esteemed such, into the same pit that has consumed our grosser vices.


Quote: You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of selective photography of green leaf plant
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You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud, and fruit.


Quote: Out of sleeping a waking, Out of waking a sleep. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of photography of lake near tree
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Out of sleeping a waking, Out of waking a sleep.


Quote: To make knowledge valuable, you must have the cheerfulness of wisdom. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of elephants on green grass field during daytime
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To make knowledge valuable, you must have the cheerfulness of wisdom.


Quote: Success to the strongest, who are always, at last, the wisest and best. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of soldiers on field at daytime
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Success to the strongest, who are always, at last, the wisest and best.


Quote: Give me truths for I am weary of the surfaces. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette of grass under moonlight
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Give me truths for I am weary of the surfaces.


Quote: Conversation is the laboratory and workshop of the student. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of people raises hands
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Conversation is the laboratory and workshop of the student.


Quote: Not a ray is dimmed, not an atom worn; nature's oldest force is as good as new. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of Monarch butterfly at pink flowers
Photo Credit: Justin DoCanto

Not a ray is dimmed, not an atom worn; nature's oldest force is as good as new.


Quote: In the last analysis, love is only the reflection of a man's own worthiness from other men. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black and silver laptop computer
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In the last analysis, love is only the reflection of a man's own worthiness from other men.


Quote: Within, I do not find wrinkles and used heart, but unspent youth. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of photo of underwater
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Within, I do not find wrinkles and used heart, but unspent youth.


Quote: What you persist in doing gets easier. The task hasn't changed, but your ability to do it has increased. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of laughing woman photo
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What you persist in doing gets easier. The task hasn't changed, but your ability to do it has increased.


Quote: The affirmative of affirmatives... is love. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of snow mountains under nightsky
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The affirmative of affirmatives... is love.


Quote: Language is the archives of history. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of people walking near fire
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Language is the archives of history.


Quote: A strenuous soul hates cheap success. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of milky way above body of water
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A strenuous soul hates cheap success.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

A strenuous soul hates cheap success. It is the ardor of the assailant that makes the vigor of the defendant.


Quote: My life should be unique; it should be an alms, a battle, a conquest, a medicine. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of three pink tulip flowers
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My life should be unique; it should be an alms, a battle, a conquest, a medicine.


Quote: The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of two private jets money plane
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The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast. Its fit hour of activity is night. Its actions are insane like its whole constitution. It persecutes a principle; it would whip a right; it would tar and feather justice, by inflicting fire and outrage upon the houses and persons of those who have these. It resembles the prank of boys, who run with fire-engines to put out the ruddy aurora streaming to the stars.


Quote: We are of different opinions at different hours, but we always may be said to be at heart on the side of truth. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of 2 men jumping on water
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We are of different opinions at different hours, but we always may be said to be at heart on the side of truth.


Quote: The height of the pinnacle is determined by the breadth of the base. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of yellow sunflowers under white clouds and blue sky
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The height of the pinnacle is determined by the breadth of the base.


Quote: A Gothic cathedral affirms that it was done by us and not done by us. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette of mountains during starry night
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A Gothic cathedral affirms that it was done by us and not done by us.


Quote: One of the benefits of a college education is to show the boy its little avail. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of worker at desk with laptop
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One of the benefits of a college education is to show the boy its little avail.


Quote: Private, accidental, confidential conversation breeds thought. Clubs produce oftener words. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person in black long sleeve shirt and black skirt holding white leather belt
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Private, accidental, confidential conversation breeds thought. Clubs produce oftener words.


Quote: Every man is eloquent once in his life. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding black handle knife
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Every man is eloquent once in his life.


Quote: The present is an edifice which God cannot rebuild. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of couple hugging each other during sunset
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The present is an edifice which God cannot rebuild.


Quote: I pay the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys that educate my son. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person wearing Apple watch
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I pay the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys that educate my son.


Quote: We must be courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black and gray floral textile
Photo Credit: Adrien Olichon

We must be courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.


Quote: The quality of the thought differences the Egyptian and the Roman, the Austrian and the American. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of blue glass heart
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The quality of the thought differences the Egyptian and the Roman, the Austrian and the American.


Quote: Nothing is secure but life, transition, the energizing spirit. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of eyeglasses in bokeh photography
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Nothing is secure but life, transition, the energizing spirit.


The force of character is cumulative.


Quote: Pain, indolence, sterility, endless ennui have also their lesson for you, if you are great. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of landscape photo of mountain during nighttime
Photo Credit: Alexandr Podvalny

Pain, indolence, sterility, endless ennui have also their lesson for you, if you are great.


Quote: Fear God, and where you go men shall think they walk in hallowed cathedrals. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of yellow sunflowers
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Fear God, and where you go men shall think they walk in hallowed cathedrals.


Quote: Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of short-beak red bird on tree
Photo Credit: Roberto Nickson

Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other, and thus makes him necessary to society. ... Society can never prosper, but must always be bankrupt, until every man does that which he was created to do.


Quote: There is a time when a man distinguishes the idea of felicity from the idea of wealth; it is the beginning of wisdom. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime
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There is a time when a man distinguishes the idea of felicity from the idea of wealth; it is the beginning of wisdom.


Quote: Add energy, inspire hope, and blow the coals into a useful flame. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman in red tube dress holding wine glass
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Add energy, inspire hope, and blow the coals into a useful flame.


Quote: No power of genius has ever yet had the smallest success in explaining existence. The perfect enigma remains. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman standing in green field
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No power of genius has ever yet had the smallest success in explaining existence. The perfect enigma remains.


Quote: A man often pays dear for a small frugality. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of two dragonflies on green cornate leaf
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A man often pays dear for a small frugality.


Quote: Condense some daily experience into a glowing symbol and an audience is electrified. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of yellow butterfly on pink flowers
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Condense some daily experience into a glowing symbol and an audience is electrified.


Quote: Good nature is stronger than tomahawks. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black and white shot of a dog portrait
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Good nature is stronger than tomahawks.


Quote: Most of the great results of history are brought about by discreditable means. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of aerial photo of foggy mountains
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Most of the great results of history are brought about by discreditable means.


Quote: As a man thinketh, so is he, and as a man chooseth, so is he. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of butterfly on leaf
Photo Credit: Ana Martinuzzi

As a man thinketh, so is he, and as a man chooseth, so is he.


Is the acorn better than the oak which is its fullness and completion?


Quote: The experience of each new age requires a new confession, and the world seems always waiting for its poet. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black white and orange butterfly perched on purple flower in close up photography during daytime
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The experience of each new age requires a new confession, and the world seems always waiting for its poet.


Quote: Inaction is cowardice, but there can be no scholar without the heroic mind. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of blue wooden door opened
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Inaction is cowardice, but there can be no scholar without the heroic mind.


Quote: Of course, he who has put forth his total strength in fit actions, has the richest return of wisdom. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man on running field
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Of course, he who has put forth his total strength in fit actions, has the richest return of wisdom.


Quote: Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst...They are for nothing but to inspire. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white bicycle parked beside wall
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Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst...They are for nothing but to inspire.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Books are the best of things if well used; if abused, among the worst. They are good for nothing but to inspire. I had better never see a book than be warped by its attraction clean out of my own orbit, and made a satellite instead of a system.


Quote: The noblest ministry of nature is to stand as the apparition of God. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man holding his black suit
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The noblest ministry of nature is to stand as the apparition of God.


Quote: Let us interrogate the great apparition, that shines so peacefully around us. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of blue weimariner
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Let us interrogate the great apparition, that shines so peacefully around us.


Quote: Art is the path of the creator to his work. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown tabby kitten lying on white textile
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Art is the path of the creator to his work.


Quote: We fly to beauty as an asylum from the terrors of finite nature. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green pine trees near mountain under blue sky during daytime
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We fly to beauty as an asylum from the terrors of finite nature.


Quote: Never miss an opportunity of noticing anything of beauty . by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white pampas grasses near body of water at daytime
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Never miss an opportunity of noticing anything of beauty .


Quote: Let not the author eat up the man, so that he shall be all balcony and no house. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black, purple, and orange basketball court beside concrete buildings at daytime
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Let not the author eat up the man, so that he shall be all balcony and no house.


Quote: It is one soul which animates all men. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of two person on the tunnel
Photo Credit: Jason Lam

It is one soul which animates all men.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

It is one light which beams out of a thousand stars. It is one soul which animates all men


Quote: What is there of the divine in a load of brick? What ... in a barber shop? ... Much. All. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of fountain pen on spiral book
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What is there of the divine in a load of brick? What ... in a barber shop? ... Much. All.


Quote: Slavery is an institution for converting men into monkeys. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of water droplets on green leaf
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Slavery is an institution for converting men into monkeys.


Quote: Every evil to which we do not succumb is a benefactor. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man sitting facing monitor
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Every evil to which we do not succumb is a benefactor.


Quote: Men who know the same things are not long the best company for each other. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and white long coated dog sitting on brown wooden round table
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Men who know the same things are not long the best company for each other.


Quote: Our best history is still poetry. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of orange and yellow round light
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Our best history is still poetry.


Quote: Let us not forget the genial miraculous force we have known to proceed from a book. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white and blue floral textile
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Let us not forget the genial miraculous force we have known to proceed from a book.


Quote: Blessed are those who have no talent! by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of two gold-colored skeleton keys
Photo Credit: Marci Angeles

Blessed are those who have no talent!


Quote: The cannon will not suffer any other sound to be heard for miles and for years around it. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time
Photo Credit: Simon Delalande

The cannon will not suffer any other sound to be heard for miles and for years around it.


Quote: Half a man's wisdom goes with his courage. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green leaf tree near mountain covered by snow at daytime
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Half a man's wisdom goes with his courage.


Quote: Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of three people standing inside Big Ben building
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Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.


Quote: What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half an hour? by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset highway
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What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half an hour?


Quote: Cities force growth and make people talkative and entertaining, but they also make them artificial. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man sitting on concrete brick with opened laptop on his lap
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Cities force growth and make people talkative and entertaining, but they also make them artificial.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Cities force growth and make men talkative and entertaining, but they make them artificial. What possesses interest for us is thenatural of each, his constitutional excellence. This is forever a surprise, engaging and lovely; we cannot be satiated with knowing it, and about it; and it is this which the conversation with Nature cherishes and guards.


Quote: Must we always talk for victory, and never once for truth, for comfort, and joy? by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of gray and black laptop computer on surface
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Must we always talk for victory, and never once for truth, for comfort, and joy?


Quote: The eyes of men converse as much as their tongues. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of four person standing beside wall
Photo Credit: Gemma Chua-Tran

The eyes of men converse as much as their tongues.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The eyes of men converse as much as their tongues, with the advantage that the ocular dialect needs no dictionary, but is understood all the world over.


Quote: Converse with a mind that is grandly simple, and literature looks like word-catching. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding lighted oil lamp
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Converse with a mind that is grandly simple, and literature looks like word-catching.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Converse with a mind that is grandly simple, and literature looks like word-catching. The simplest utterances are worthiest to bewritten, yet are they so cheap, and so things of course, that, in the infinite riches of the soul, it is like gathering a few pebbles off the ground, or bottling a little air in a phial, when the whole earth and the whole atmosphere are ours.


Quote: An artist spends himself like the crayon in his hand, till he is all gone. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of blue and black butterfly
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An artist spends himself like the crayon in his hand, till he is all gone.


Quote: Do not craze yourself with thinking, but go about your business anywhere. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of desert grassland
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Do not craze yourself with thinking, but go about your business anywhere.


Quote: People do not deserve to have good writing, they are so pleased with bad. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of close-up photo of two men shaking hands near beach at sunset
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People do not deserve to have good writing, they are so pleased with bad.


Quote: Don't ever give up on something or someone that you can't go a full day without thinking about. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black bird flying on white background
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Don't ever give up on something or someone that you can't go a full day without thinking about.


Quote: In the uttermost meaning of the words, thought is devout, and devotion is thought. Deep calls unto deep. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of red rose wallpaper
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In the uttermost meaning of the words, thought is devout, and devotion is thought. Deep calls unto deep.


Quote: Everything is made of one hidden stuff. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person doing yoga exercises
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Everything is made of one hidden stuff.


Quote: Commerce is a game of skill which everyone cannot play and few can play well. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset grasslands
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Commerce is a game of skill which everyone cannot play and few can play well.


Quote: Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of lion on green grass during golden hour
Photo Credit: Keyur Nandaniya

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing do it with all your might. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your objective.
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Quote: There is no one who does not exaggerate! by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette of grass under moonlight
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There is no one who does not exaggerate!


Quote: The chief value of the new fact is to enhance the great and constant fact of life. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white rose enclosed photograph
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The chief value of the new fact is to enhance the great and constant fact of life.


Quote: How much finer things are in composition than alone. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person with flashlight near lighted green tree on mountain under starry night
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How much finer things are in composition than alone.


Quote: The foolish man wonders at the unusual, but the wise man at the usual. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of russian blue cat on brown wooden table
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The foolish man wonders at the unusual, but the wise man at the usual.


Quote: Society always consists in the greatest part, of young and foolish persons. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of lighted taper candle in a dark room
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Society always consists in the greatest part, of young and foolish persons.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Society always consists, in greatest part, of young and foolish persons. The old, who have seen through the hypocrisy of the courts and statesmen, die, and leave no wisdom to their sons. They believe their own newspaper, as their fathers did at their age.


Quote: A forte always makes a foible. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of grayscale photography of kids walking on road
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A forte always makes a foible.


Quote: Few people have any next, they live from hand to mouth without a plan, and are always at the end of their line. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of grayscale photography of woman hugging another woman
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Few people have any next, they live from hand to mouth without a plan, and are always at the end of their line.


Quote: Give me insight into today and you may have the antique and future worlds. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman standing on cliff
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Give me insight into today and you may have the antique and future worlds.


Quote: Good thoughts are no better than good dreams if you don't follow through. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of snow-capped mountain at the horizon viewed from lake dock
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Good thoughts are no better than good dreams if you don't follow through.


Quote: The good rain, like a bad preacher, does not know when to leave off. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person submerged on body of water holding sparkler
Photo Credit: Kristopher Roller

The good rain, like a bad preacher, does not know when to leave off.


Quote: The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset forest
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The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.


Quote: The true doctrine of omnipresence is, that God reappears with all his parts in every moss and cobweb. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of couple sitting near trees during golden hour
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The true doctrine of omnipresence is, that God reappears with all his parts in every moss and cobweb.


Quote: For beauty is God's handwriting... And, thank God for it as a cup of His blessing. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white long coated dog on green grass field during daytime
Photo Credit: Ali Pazani

For beauty is God's handwriting... And, thank God for it as a cup of His blessing.


Quote: Know then, that the world exists for you. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on brown tree branch under white clouds during daytime
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Know then, that the world exists for you.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Every spirit builds itself a house; and beyond its house a world; and beyond its world, a heaven. Know then, that the world exists for you. For you is the phenomenon perfect. What we are, that only can we see. All that Adam had, all that Caesar could, you have and can do. Adam called his house, heaven and earth; Caesar called his house, Rome; you perhaps call yours, a cobler's trade; a hundred acres of ploughed land; or a scholar's garret. Yet line for line and point for point, your dominion is as great as theirs, though without fine names. Build, therefore, your own world.


Quote: The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of photo of underwater
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The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue; and no genius can long or often utter anything which is not invited and gladly entertained by men around him.


Quote: You need not fear to handle the truth roughly. She is no invalid. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of red coupe parked in front of black and gray building during daytime
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You need not fear to handle the truth roughly. She is no invalid.


Quote: Fame is proof that people are gullible. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of four wooden boat on teal sea
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Fame is proof that people are gullible.


Quote: Every man who would do anything well, must come to it from a higher ground. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman in blue denim jacket leaning on man's shoulder near body of water
Photo Credit: Milan Popovic

Every man who would do anything well, must come to it from a higher ground.


Quote: With thought, with the ideal, is immortal hilarity, the rose of joy. Round it all the muses sing. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man and woman sitting on hanging bridge at daytime
Photo Credit: Daniel J. Schwarz

With thought, with the ideal, is immortal hilarity, the rose of joy. Round it all the muses sing.


Quote: The disease with which the human mind now labors is want of faith. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on yellow flower
Photo Credit: Joshua J. Cotten

The disease with which the human mind now labors is want of faith.


Quote: Classics which at home are drowsily read have a strange charm in a country inn, or in the transom of a merchant brig. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of time lapse photography body of water
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Classics which at home are drowsily read have a strange charm in a country inn, or in the transom of a merchant brig.


Quote: A sage is the instructor of a hundred ages. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of monitor showing Java programming
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A sage is the instructor of a hundred ages.


Quote: The whole value of the dime is in knowing what to do with it. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of clear crystal uplight chandelier
Photo Credit: Benjamin Salvatore

The whole value of the dime is in knowing what to do with it.


Quote: The reason why all men honor love is because it looks up, and not down; aspires and not despairs. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green ceramic mug on wooden desk
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The reason why all men honor love is because it looks up, and not down; aspires and not despairs.


Quote: All substances the cunning chemist Time
Melts down into that liquor of my life. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of turned off MacBook Pro beside white ceramic mug filled with coffee
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All substances the cunning chemist Time
Melts down into that liquor of my life.


Quote: Nature encourages no looseness; pardons no errors. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green fruit in macro lens photography
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Nature encourages no looseness; pardons no errors.


Quote: All life is an experiment. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black dog wearing blue denim collar
Photo Credit: Charles Deluvio

All life is an experiment.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

All life is an experiment. Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which animates all whom it floats, and you are without effort impelled to truth, to right and a perfect contentment. I wish to write such rhymes as shall not suggest a restraint, but contrariwise the wildest freedom. Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.


Quote: I always seem to suffer some loss of faith on entering cities. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding brown leaf
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I always seem to suffer some loss of faith on entering cities.


Quote: Moderation in all things, especially moderation. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of photography of starry sky
Photo Credit: Jeremy Perkins

Moderation in all things, especially moderation.


Quote: Democracy is morose, and runs to anarchy. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman walking on street surrounded by buildings
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Democracy is morose, and runs to anarchy.


Quote: Great thoughts ensure musical expression. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green-leafed trees during daytime
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Great thoughts ensure musical expression.


Quote: Every word was once a poem. Every new relation is a new word. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown metal machine on gray concrete wall near sea during daytime
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Every word was once a poem. Every new relation is a new word.


Quote: There is properly no history, only biography. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of four wooden boat on teal sea
Photo Credit: Jakob Owens

There is properly no history, only biography.


Quote: We learn geology the morning after the earthquake. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of closeup photo of blue petaled flowers
Photo Credit: Irina Iriser

We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

We learn geology the morning after the earthquake, on ghastly diagrams of cloven mountains, upheaved plains, and the dry bed of the sea.


Quote: Better be a nettle in the side of your friend than his echo. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man standing on sand while spreading arms beside calm body of water
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Better be a nettle in the side of your friend than his echo.


Quote: He who would be a man must therefore be a non-conformist. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man carrying and kissing woman
Photo Credit: Jenny Marvin

He who would be a man must therefore be a non-conformist.


Quote: Other world? There is no other world; here or nowhere is the whole fact. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of lighted candle
Photo Credit: Marc Ignacio

Other world? There is no other world; here or nowhere is the whole fact.


Quote: You must hear the birds song without attempting to render it into nouns and verbs. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green trees under white sky during daytime
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You must hear the birds song without attempting to render it into nouns and verbs.


Quote: No society can ever be so large as one man. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man in black pants sitting on chair
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No society can ever be so large as one man.


Quote: The soul circumscribes all things. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person cooking on seashore
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The soul circumscribes all things.


Quote: An orator or author is never successful till he has learned to make his words smaller than his ideas. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of selective photography of green leaf plant
Photo Credit: Matthew Smith

An orator or author is never successful till he has learned to make his words smaller than his ideas.


Quote: Insist on yourself. Never imitate. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown short coated dog on green grass field during daytime
Photo Credit: Samuel Girven

Insist on yourself. Never imitate.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

lInsist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.


Quote: The ornaments of our homes are the friends that visit it. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of selective focus photo of brown guitar on white pillow
Photo Credit: Kari Shea

The ornaments of our homes are the friends that visit it.


Quote: Progress is the activity of today and the assurance of tomorrow. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and white bird on tree branch
Photo Credit: László Glatz

Progress is the activity of today and the assurance of tomorrow.


Quote: You have a place to live in this world which no other man can occupy; hence no competitors. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape
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You have a place to live in this world which no other man can occupy; hence no competitors.


Quote: The pest of society is egotists. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of gold round coins on brown wooden table
Photo Credit: Matthew Lancaster

The pest of society is egotists.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The pest of society are the egotist, they are dull and bright, sacred and profane, course and fine. It is a disease that like the flu falls on all constitutions.


Quote: In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him, and in that I am his pupil. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white fox sitting on snow during daytime
Photo Credit: Jonatan Pie

In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him, and in that I am his pupil.


Quote: Philanthropies and charities have a certain air of quackery. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of brown parquet flooring
Photo Credit: Tim Mossholder

Philanthropies and charities have a certain air of quackery.


Quote: Welcome evermore to gods and men is the self-helping man. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset forest
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Welcome evermore to gods and men is the self-helping man.


Quote: Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white concrete houses under blue sky at daytime
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Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.


Quote: The soul knows only the soul; the web of events is the flowing robe in which she is clothed. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of telescope
Photo Credit: Diogo Brandao

The soul knows only the soul; the web of events is the flowing robe in which she is clothed.


Quote: Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man and woman kissing on grass field during daytime
Photo Credit: Kate Hliznitsova

Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.


Quote: The ship of heaven guides itself and will not accept a wooden rudder. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of desert grassland
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The ship of heaven guides itself and will not accept a wooden rudder.


Quote: Who looks upon a river in a meditative hour and is not reminded of the flux of all things? by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand
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Who looks upon a river in a meditative hour and is not reminded of the flux of all things?


Quote: The creation of beauty is art. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person wearing brown and white watch
Photo Credit: Brad Neathery

The creation of beauty is art.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

All men are in some degree impressed by the face of the world; some men even to delight. This love of beauty is taste. Others have the same love in such success that, not content with admiring, they seek to embody it in new forms. The creation of beauty is art.


Quote: In self-trust all the virtues are comprehended. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of MacBook Pro beside plant in vase
Photo Credit: Sarah Dorweiler

In self-trust all the virtues are comprehended.


Quote: If you are wise, you will dread a prosperity which only loads you with more. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of 2 girls in blue dress standing on brown field during daytime
Photo Credit: Josue Michel

If you are wise, you will dread a prosperity which only loads you with more.


Quote: Speech is better than silence; silence is better than speech. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of rainbow
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Speech is better than silence; silence is better than speech.


Quote: Skepticism? Yes, but a saint is a skeptic once in twenty-four hours. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man and woman holding each others hands
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Skepticism? Yes, but a saint is a skeptic once in twenty-four hours.


Quote: A man is a hero, not because he is braver than anyone else, but because he is brave for ten minutes longer. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of pink balloon tied on white wooden chair
Photo Credit: Florian Klauer

A man is a hero, not because he is braver than anyone else, but because he is brave for ten minutes longer.


Quote: Stay at home in your mind. Don't recite other people's opinions. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man in white suit standing beside woman in white dress on rock during daytime
Photo Credit: Allison Heine

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


Quote: Tragedy is in the eye of the observer, and not in the heart of the sufferer. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman standing on cliff
Photo Credit: Mitchell Hartley

Tragedy is in the eye of the observer, and not in the heart of the sufferer.


Quote: The key to every man is his thought. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person wearing suit reading business newspaper
Photo Credit: Adeolu Eletu

The key to every man is his thought.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The key to every man is his thought. Sturdy and defying though he look, he has a helm which he obeys, which is the idea after which all his facts are classified. He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.


Quote: There is hope in extravagance, there is none in routine. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of clear glass hour glass with black liquid
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There is hope in extravagance, there is none in routine.


Quote: The person who can make hard things easy is the educator. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset
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The person who can make hard things easy is the educator.


Quote: The only true gifts are a portion of yourself. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of selective focus and low-angle photography of orange tabby cat
Photo Credit: Alexander Andrews

The only true gifts are a portion of yourself.


Quote: The rain has spoiled the farmer's day;
Shall sorrow put my books away?
Thereby are two days lost. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of three person looking stars and milky way
Photo Credit: Benjamin Davies

The rain has spoiled the farmer's day;
Shall sorrow put my books away?
Thereby are two days lost.


Quote: The influence of fine scenery, the presence of mountains, appeases our irritations and elevates our friendships. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of orange tabby cat
Photo Credit: Gaelle Marcel

The influence of fine scenery, the presence of mountains, appeases our irritations and elevates our friendships.


Quote: We want but two or three friends, but these we cannot do without, and they serve us in every thought we think. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black white and orange butterfly perched on purple flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Joshua J. Cotten

We want but two or three friends, but these we cannot do without, and they serve us in every thought we think.


Quote: There are always two parties; the establishment and the movement. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of shallow focus photo of green leaves
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There are always two parties; the establishment and the movement.


Quote: There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of three pink tulip flowers
Photo Credit: Fatma Nabilla

There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.


Quote: Great conversation ... requires an absolute running of two souls into one. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of wide lake over sunset view
Photo Credit: Emma Harper

Great conversation ... requires an absolute running of two souls into one.


Quote: We sell the thrones of angels for a short and turbulent pleasure. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of couples near body of water
Photo Credit: Everton Vila

We sell the thrones of angels for a short and turbulent pleasure.


Quote: When believers and unbelievers live in the same manner -- I distrust the religion. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black and white butterfly perched on green leaf
Photo Credit: Sumit Saharkar

When believers and unbelievers live in the same manner -- I distrust the religion.


Quote: Under every deep a lower deep opens. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of fountain pen
Photo Credit: John Jennings

Under every deep a lower deep opens.


Quote: Our prejudices are our robbers, they rob us valuable things in life. People only see what they are prepared to see. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of married couple walking in field wallpaper
Photo Credit: Foto Pettine

Our prejudices are our robbers, they rob us valuable things in life. People only see what they are prepared to see.


Quote: We have more than we use. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of cat in space
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We have more than we use.


A walk in the woods is only an exalted dream.


Quote: You see, it's all clear, we were meant to be here from the beginning. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man holding his black suit
Photo Credit: Jeremy Beadle

You see, it's all clear, we were meant to be here from the beginning.


Quote: Make yourself necessary to the world, and mankind will give you bread. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black pug with gray knit scarf
Photo Credit: Charles Deluvio

Make yourself necessary to the world, and mankind will give you bread.


Quote: For nonconformity the world will whip you with its displeasure. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and gray mountains during daytime
Photo Credit: Damon Lam

For nonconformity the world will whip you with its displeasure.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure. And therefore a man must know how to estimate a sour face. The by-standers look askance on him in the public street or in the friend’s parlour. If this aversation had its origin in contempt and resistance like his own, he might well go home with a sad countenance; but the sour faces of the multitude, like their sweet faces, have no deep cause, but are put on and off as the wind blows and a newspaper directs.


Quote: Find the journey's end in every step. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of stars in the sky during night time
Photo Credit: James Lee

Find the journey's end in every step.


Quote: Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset and agave stalk
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Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinction. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit. It is like ice, on which no beauty of form, no majesty of carriage, can plead any immunity; they must walk gingerly, according to the laws of ice, or down they must go, dignity and all.


Quote: In the vaunted works of Art, The master-stroke is Nature's part. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man holding his black suit
Photo Credit: Jeremy Beadle

In the vaunted works of Art, The master-stroke is Nature's part.


Quote: He who would be a great soul in the future, must be a great soul now. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of soldiers on field at daytime
Photo Credit: Bao Menglong

He who would be a great soul in the future, must be a great soul now.


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