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Quote: It the proof of high culture to say the greatest matters in the simplest way. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of yellow flower in green grass field
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It the proof of high culture to say the greatest matters in the simplest way.


Quote: All the great ages have been ages of belief. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of people standing inside city building
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All the great ages have been ages of belief.


Quote: Calmness is always godlike. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of light match stick
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Calmness is always godlike.


Quote: Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of blue and black butterfly on green leaves
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Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.


Quote: You will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of pink and white tulips on white surface
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You will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it.


Quote: The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of boy in front of computer monitor
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The writer is an explorer. Every step is an advance into a new land.


Quote: The foundations of a person are not in matter but in spirit. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of selective focus photo of brown guitar on white pillow
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The foundations of a person are not in matter but in spirit.


Quote: Teach that God is, not was; that He speaketh, not spake. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of mountains with trees under white star at night
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Teach that God is, not was; that He speaketh, not spake.


Quote: If eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white ceramic mug with coffee on brown wooden table
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If eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being.


Quote: Sympathy is a supporting atmosphere, and in it we unfold easily and well. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white clouds and blue sky
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Sympathy is a supporting atmosphere, and in it we unfold easily and well.


Quote: No sensible person ever made an apology. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black dog photography
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No sensible person ever made an apology.


Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical.


Quote: Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman standing on forest
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Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves.


Quote: You are constantly invited to be what you are. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of MacBook Pro beside plant in vase
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You are constantly invited to be what you are.


Quote: Real action is in silent moments. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and black train track in between trees phtoography
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Real action is in silent moments.


Quote: Within us is the soul of the whole, the wise silence, the universal beauty, the eternal One. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of MacBook Pro on top of brown table
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Within us is the soul of the whole, the wise silence, the universal beauty, the eternal One.


Quote: The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of butterfly in light
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The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most. The power which the sea requires in the sailor makes a man of him very fast, and the change of shores and population clears his head of much nonsense of his wigwam.


Quote: Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions. The surest poison is time. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black and white butterfly in close up photography
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Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions. The surest poison is time.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions; the surest poison is time. This cup which nature puts to our lips, has a wonderful virtue, surpassing that of any other draught. It opens the senses, adds power, fills us with exalted dreams, which we call hope, love, ambition, science; especially it creates a craving for larger draughts of itself.


Quote: Nature is methodical, and doeth her work well. Time is never to be hurried. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of lighted candle
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Nature is methodical, and doeth her work well. Time is never to be hurried.


Quote: Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of wide lake over sunset view
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Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy.


Quote: Society is a wave. The wave moves onward, but the water of which it is composed does not. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of rock formation surrounding by body of water
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Society is a wave. The wave moves onward, but the water of which it is composed does not.


Quote: There is always a certain meanness in the argument of conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person tip-toeing in front of other person
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There is always a certain meanness in the argument of conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact.


Quote: A nation never falls but by suicide. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of close-up photo of pink flower
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A nation never falls but by suicide.


Quote: A sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset
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A sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking.


Quote: Let us be silent, that we may hear the whisper of God. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of forest near mountain alps
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Let us be silent, that we may hear the whisper of God.


Quote: Men are better than their theology. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green leaf in close up photography
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Men are better than their theology.


Happy is the house that shelters a friend.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Happy is the house that shelters a friend! It might well be built, like a festal bower or arch, to entertain him a single day. Happier, if he know the solemnity of that relation, and honor its law! He offers himself a candidate for that covenant comes up, like an Olympian, to the great games, where the first- born of the world are the competitors.


Quote: All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of blue mountains at daytime
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All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.


Quote: The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of yellow and blue painted wall
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The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence.


Quote: Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding green plant during daytime
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Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Then all things are at risk. It is as when a conflagration has broken out in a great city, and no man knows what is safe, or where it will end. There is not a piece of science, but its flank may be turned to-morrow; there is not any literary reputation, not the so-called eternal names of fame, that may not be revised and condemned. The very hopes of man, the thoughts of his heart, the religion of nations, the manner and morals of mankind, are all at the mercy of a new generalization. Generalization is always a new influx of the divinity into the mind. Hence the thrill that attends it.


Quote: Life consists of what man is thinking about all day. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette photo of six persons on top of mountain
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Life consists of what man is thinking about all day.


Quote: Skill to do comes of doing. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of stones on sand
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Skill to do comes of doing.


Quote: The man who can make hard things easy is the educator. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette of man and woman kissing on beach during sunset
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The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.


Quote: Poetry teaches the enormous force of a few words, and, in proportion to the inspiration, checks loquacity. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of butterfly perched on flower at daytime
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Poetry teaches the enormous force of a few words, and, in proportion to the inspiration, checks loquacity.


Quote: The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of pink tulip flower
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The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.


Quote: Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of macro photography of black cat
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Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.


Quote: Never read any book that is not a year old. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of bonfire near mountain
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Never read any book that is not a year old.


Quote: In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black and silver laptop computer
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In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.


Quote: The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means to an education. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman in black jacket standing near window
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The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means to an education.


Quote: The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of pug on floor
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The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. It is not for you to choose what he shall know, what he shall do. It is chosen and foreordained and he only holds the key to his own secret.


Quote: The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset hgihway
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The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic.


Quote: The characteristic of a genuine heroism is its persistency. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black computer keyboard on black surface
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The characteristic of a genuine heroism is its persistency.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The characteristic of genuine heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have resolved to be great, abide by yourself, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic.


Quote: Whatever limits us we call fate. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of low-angle photography of man in the middle of buidligns
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Whatever limits us we call fate.


Quote: We are immersed in beauty, but our eyes have no clear vision. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of water droplets on green leaf
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We are immersed in beauty, but our eyes have no clear vision.


Quote: Let him go where he will, he can only find so much beauty or worth as he carries. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky
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Let him go where he will, he can only find so much beauty or worth as he carries.


The world globes itself in a drop of dew.


Quote: Nature hates monopolies and exceptions. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of landscape photography of mountain
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Nature hates monopolies and exceptions.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Nature hates monopolies and exceptions. The waves of the sea do not more speedily seek a level from their loftiest tossing, than the varieties of condition tend to equalize themselves. There is always some leveling circumstance that puts down the overbearing, the strong, the rich, the fortunate, substantially on the same ground with all others.


Quote: The love that you withhold is the pain that you carry. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of gray cat peeking at the table
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The love that you withhold is the pain that you carry.


Quote: There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of blue and white abstract painting
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There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. 'Tis good to give a stranger a meal, or a night's lodging. 'Tis better to be hospitable to his good meaning and thought, and give courage to a companion. We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.


Quote: Want is a growing giant whom the coat of Have was never large enough to cover. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman standing on forest
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Want is a growing giant whom the coat of Have was never large enough to cover.


Quote: The meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply helping or hurting. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man and woman sitting on dock
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The meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply helping or hurting.


Quote: An original sentence, a step forward, is worth more than all the censures. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of orange and white tabby cat on yellow background
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An original sentence, a step forward, is worth more than all the censures.


Quote: 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 tiger swallowtail butterfly perched on pink flower in close up photography during daytime
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He who has put forth his total strength in fit actions, has the richest return of wisdom.


Quote: The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of four coffee cups on floor
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The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.


Quote: Shall we then judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of pink flower
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Shall we then judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely.


Quote: No matter how you seem to fatten on a crime, there can never be good for the bee which is bad for the hive. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black and white butterfly in close up photography
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No matter how you seem to fatten on a crime, there can never be good for the bee which is bad for the hive.


Quote: Do not believe that possibly you can escape the reward of your action. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of grayscale photo of man and woman kissing
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Do not believe that possibly you can escape the reward of your action.


Quote: A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of couple under clear umbrella
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A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.


Quote: Violence is not power, but the absence of power. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of jumping on snow covered mountain during daytime
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Violence is not power, but the absence of power.


Quote: Each of us sees in others what we carry in our own hearts. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of gray and white tabby cat with white background
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Each of us sees in others what we carry in our own hearts.


Quote: Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of red rose
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Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody.


Quote: Thought is the seed of action. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset
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Thought is the seed of action.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Thought is the seed of action; but action is as much its second form as thought is its first. It rises in thought, to the end that it may be uttered and acted. Always in proportion to the depth of its sense does it knock importunately at the gates of the soul, to be spoken, to be done.


Quote: The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of pink and white flowers on white surface
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The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.


Quote: Do the thing and you will have the power. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of orange flowers
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Do the thing and you will have the power.


Quote: A man is a god in ruins. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset
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A man is a god in ruins.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

A man is a god in ruins. When men are innocent, life shall be longer, and shall pass into the immortal, as gently as we awake from dreams.


Quote: Live well, learn plenty, laugh often, love much. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green lizard
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Live well, learn plenty, laugh often, love much.


Quote: Valor consists in the power of self recovery. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of boat on sea far away from island
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Valor consists in the power of self recovery.


Quote: Life is our dictionary. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of five silhouette of birds flying on sky
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Life is our dictionary.


Quote: Life is a journey, not a destination. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of boy wearing American flag print eyeglasses sticking his mouth open
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Life is a journey, not a destination.


Quote: We become what we think about all day long. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man in gray sweater carrying woman in black jacket
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We become what we think about all day long.


Quote: Our strength grows out of our weakness. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding 1 us dollar bill
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Our strength grows out of our weakness.


Quote: You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said God; you shall not have both. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of gray elephant
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You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said God; you shall not have both.


Quote: He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black and white butterfly in close up photography
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He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.


Quote: Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of black bird flying under white clouds during daytime
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Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.


Quote: If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and adore. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of telescope
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If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and adore.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.


Quote: Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius the stern friend. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of elephants on green grass field during daytime
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Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius the stern friend.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius, the stern friend, the cold, obscure shelter where moult the wings which will bear it farther than suns and stars.


Quote: A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of low angle photograph of man and woman kissing
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A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.


Quote: Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of closeup photography of black and brown bird
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Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.


Quote: Beware what you set your heart upon. For it surely shall be yours. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green and blue chevron textile
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Beware what you set your heart upon. For it surely shall be yours.


Quote: People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of telescope
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People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.


Quote: The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person catching light bulb
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The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough.


Quote: Character is higher than intellect. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of 1 U.S. dollar
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Character is higher than intellect.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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


Quote: Self-command is the main elegance. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of 100 us dollar bill
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Self-command is the main elegance.


Quote: Every wall is a door. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of low-angle photography of green leaf tree
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Every wall is a door.


Quote: What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of butterfly perched on petaled flower
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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.


Quote: Envy is ignorance, imitation is suicide. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of two gold-colored skeleton keys
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Envy is ignorance, imitation is suicide.


Quote: Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of orange flowers
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Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him.


Quote: If you cannot be free be as free as you can. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding 1 us dollar bill
Photo Credit: Sasun Bughdaryan

If you cannot be free be as free as you can.


Quote: Tell them dear, that if eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of pink and green flower painting
Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

Tell them dear, that if eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being.


Quote: Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of pink rose in close up photography
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Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.


Our distrust is very expensive.


Quote: Self-trust is the first secret of success. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man wearing watch with black suit
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Self-trust is the first secret of success.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Self-trust is the first secret of success, the belief that if you are here the authorities of the universe put you here, and for cause, or with some task strictly appointed you in your constitution, and so long as you work at that you are well and successful.


Quote: Self-trust is the essence of heroism. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of fountain pen
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Self-trust is the essence of heroism.


Quote: Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of closeup photo of blue petaled flowers
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Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events. Great men have always done so, and confided themselves childlike to the genius of their age, betraying their perception that the absolutely trustworthy was seated at their heart, working through their hands, predominating in all their being.


Quote: If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset
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If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.


Quote: What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man and woman sitting on rock during daytime
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What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.


Quote: The world belongs to the energetic. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset
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The world belongs to the energetic.


Quote: Be silly. Be honest. Be kind. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white and gray cat
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Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.


Quote: Frankness invites frankness. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset
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Frankness invites frankness.


Quote: Truth, and goodness, and beauty are but different faces of the same all. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of wide lake over sunset view
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Truth, and goodness, and beauty are but different faces of the same all.


Quote: Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of pink and white flowers on white surface
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Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual.


Quote: The reason why men do not obey us, is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green plants beside brown wooden door
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The reason why men do not obey us, is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.


Quote: The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown rugby ball
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The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.


Quote: We do not yet possess ourselves, and we know at the same time that we are much more. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of low angle photograph of man and woman kissing
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We do not yet possess ourselves, and we know at the same time that we are much more.


Quote: Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of castle surrounded fog
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Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.


Quote: Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of yellow sunflowers
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Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed. When friendships are real, they are not glass threads or frost work but the solidest things we know.


Quote: It is the quality of the moment, not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of raccoon walking on lawn grass
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It is the quality of the moment, not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports.


Quote: O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person in black long sleeve shirt using brown and white rotary phone
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O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.


Quote: Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of gray concrete surface
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Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding.


Quote: The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette photo of six persons on top of mountain
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The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike.


Quote: Why need I volumes, if one word suffice? by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of grayscale photography of man and woman hugging near hill
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Why need I volumes, if one word suffice?


Quote: There is more difference in the quality of our pleasures than in the amount. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown rocky mountain under blue sky during daytime
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There is more difference in the quality of our pleasures than in the amount.


Quote: There is an optical illusion about every person we meet. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of brown parquet flooring
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There is an optical illusion about every person we meet.


Quote: Great men or men of great gifts you shall easily find, but symmetrical men never. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of gray and black laptop computer on surface
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Great men or men of great gifts you shall easily find, but symmetrical men never.


Quote: There is always safety in valor. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of Russian Blue cat sleeping on whit textile
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There is always safety in valor.


Quote: Words are also actions, and actions are a kind of words. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green butterfly perched on purple flower
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Words are also actions, and actions are a kind of words.


Quote: Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly on yellow flower
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Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.


Quote: The ancestor of every action is a thought. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man holding banknote
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The ancestor of every action is a thought.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The ancestor of every action is thought; when we understand that we begin to comprehend that our world is governed by thought and that everything without had its counterpart originally within the mind.


We acquire the strength we have overcome.


Genius always finds itself a century too early.


Quote: Children are all foreigners. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding black and orange box
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Children are all foreigners.


Quote: Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of leafless tree on snow covered ground
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Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events.


Quote: Reality is a sliding door. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man in blue dress shirt holding white ceramic mug
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Reality is a sliding door.


Quote: No man ever prayed heartily without learning something. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of full moon in the sky
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No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.


Quote: A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person in a plane flying at high altitude taking photo of left airplane wing during daytime
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A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.


Quote: Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white and black soccer ball on grass field
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Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.


Quote: Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of green-leafed trees during daytime
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Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.


Quote: There is a tendency for things to right themselves. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man and woman kissing during sunset
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There is a tendency for things to right themselves.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

There is a tendency in things to right themselves, and the war or revolution or bankruptcy that shatters rotten system, allows things to take a new and natural order.


Quote: People that seem so glorious are all show; underneath they are like everyone else. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sitting orange Persian cat
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People that seem so glorious are all show; underneath they are like everyone else.


Quote: We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette of man standing on rock while looking in sky
Photo Credit: Greg Rakozy

We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.


Quote: In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of two women walking together outdoor during daytime
Photo Credit: Joseph Pearson

In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.


Quote: Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self? by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset
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Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?


Quote: There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of gray elephant
Photo Credit: Eric Heininger

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


Quote: Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man holding brown violin
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Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.


Quote: Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love. Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of laughing woman photo
Photo Credit: Kim Carpenter

Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love. Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none.


Quote: Every burned book enlightens the world. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of orange tabby kitten in grasses
Photo Credit: Andriyko Podilnyk

Every burned book enlightens the world.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side.


Quote: Power and speed be hands and feet. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown tabby kitten on black surface
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Power and speed be hands and feet.


Quote: Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of blue sky
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Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries.


Quote: The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of lighted taper candle in a dark room
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The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.


Quote: Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown and black butterfly perched on white flower in close up photography during daytime
Photo Credit: Sagar Kulkarni

Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men.


Quote: Getting old is a fascinating thing. The older you get, the older you want to get. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white clouds and blue sky
Photo Credit: Jeremy Bezanger

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


Quote: The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of shallow focus photography of brown cat
Photo Credit: James Sutton

The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

The desire of gold is not for gold. It is not the love of much wheat, and wool and household stuff. It is the means of freedom and benefit.


Quote: What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of The Muppets Kermit plush toy on gray sofa
Photo Credit: Marcela Rogante

What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.


Quote: Preaching is the expression of the moral sentiment in application to the duties of life. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown short coated puppy on white textile
Photo Credit: Nima Naseri

Preaching is the expression of the moral sentiment in application to the duties of life.


Quote: Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of pendant LED bulb
Photo Credit: Felix Steininger

Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes.


Quote: In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white concrete houses under blue sky at daytime
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In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.


Quote: A more secret, sweet, and overpowering beauty appears to man when his heart and mind open to the sentiment of virtue. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of kitten lying down on bed
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A more secret, sweet, and overpowering beauty appears to man when his heart and mind open to the sentiment of virtue.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

A more secret, sweet, and overpowering beauty appears to man when his heart and mind open to the sentiment of virtue. Then he is instructed in what is set above him. He learns that his being is without bound; that to the good, to the perfect, he is born, low as he now lies in evil and weakness.


Quote: People disparage knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing. I am content with knowing, if only I could know. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of heart-shaped red and beige pendant
Photo Credit: Debby Hudson

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


Quote: The highest revelation is that God is in every man. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding yellow petaled flower
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The highest revelation is that God is in every man.


Quote: Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of group of people inside the room in grayscale photo
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Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.


Quote: As soon as there is life there is danger. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown tabby kitten lying on white textile
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As soon as there is life there is danger.


Quote: The greatest gift is a portion of thyself. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of city lights from hill
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The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.


Quote: Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of trees at sunset
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Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact. Every appearance in nature corresponds to some state of the mind, and that state of the mind can only be described by presenting that natural appearance as its picture.


Quote: I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence
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I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it.


Quote: America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of man carrying woman beside seashore
Photo Credit: Allen Taylor

America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres.


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


Quote: We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of white analog wall clock at 11 00
Photo Credit: Akram Huseyn

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


Quote: As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette of mountain during sunset
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As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.


Quote: Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of multicolored hand paint
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Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.


Quote: A good indignation brings out all one's powers. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of selective focus photography of sunflower
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A good indignation brings out all one's powers.


Quote: Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of orange cat stretching on white surface
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Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.


Quote: The reward of a thing well done is having done it. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding light bulb
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The reward of a thing well done is having done it.


Quote: Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman covering man's face
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Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.


Quote: As we grow old, the beauty steals inward. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of two ice cream on glasses
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As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.


Quote: God enters by a private door into every individual. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown brick wall photography
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God enters by a private door into every individual.


Quote: Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of silhouette photo of six persons on top of mountain
Photo Credit: Chang Duong

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.


Quote: Men are what their mothers made them. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of autumn leaves on body of water
Photo Credit: Hannah Domsic

Men are what their mothers made them.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Men are what their mothers made them. You may as well ask a loom which weaves huckabuck why it does not make cashmere as to expect poetry from this engineer or a chemical discovery from that jobber.


Quote: Pictures must not be too picturesque. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape donkey
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Pictures must not be too picturesque.


Quote: The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman doing yoga meditation on brown parquet flooring
Photo Credit: Jared Rice

The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation.


Quote: In every society some men are born to rule, and some to advise. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of MacBook Pro inside gray room
Photo Credit: Blake Connally

In every society some men are born to rule, and some to advise.


Quote: Revolutions go not backward. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of Arizona landscape
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Revolutions go not backward.


Quote: America is another name for opportunity. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of kitten lying on red and white quatrefoil textile
Photo Credit: Jonathan Fink

America is another name for opportunity.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine providence on behalf of the human race.


Quote: The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of woman in blue denim jacket and black pants standing beside train
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The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society.


Quote: Our best thoughts come from others. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding hands
Photo Credit: Rachael Crowe

Our best thoughts come from others.


Quote: People only see what they are prepared to see. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of boat on sea far away from island
Photo Credit: Alex Block

People only see what they are prepared to see.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

People only see what they are prepared to see. If you look for what is good and what you can be grateful for you will find it everywhere.


Quote: To be great is to be misunderstood. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of brown leaf on asphalt road
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To be great is to be misunderstood.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.


Quote: I think we must get rid of slavery, or we must get rid of freedom. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of flat lay photography teacup on top of saucer
Photo Credit: Trent Erwin

I think we must get rid of slavery, or we must get rid of freedom.


Quote: Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower
Photo Credit: John Duncan

Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.


Quote: Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset grasslands
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Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural.


Quote: For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of golden retriever inside car
Photo Credit: Ja San Miguel

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


Quote: Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of person holding click pen
Photo Credit: Alice Dietrich

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


Quote: Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of sunset
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Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.


Quote: We must be our own before we can be another's. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of airplane on sky during golden hour
Photo Credit: Nils Nedel

We must be our own before we can be another's.


Quote: Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of red surface
Photo Credit: Clem Onojeghuo

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.


Quote: The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of five woman standing on seashore
Photo Credit: Kaylee Garrett

The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.


Quote: Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force -- that thoughts rule the world. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of close up shot of white flower
Photo Credit: Christian Widell

Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force -- that thoughts rule the world.


Quote: Science does not know its debt to imagination. by author Ralph Waldo Emerson overlaid on photo of 100 U.S. dollar banknote lot
Photo Credit: Mackenzie Marco

Science does not know its debt to imagination.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Science does not know its debt to imagination. Goethe did not believe that a great naturalist could exist without this faculty.


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