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quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self? with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love. Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Nothing external to you has any power over you. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Nothing external to you has any power over you.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Every burned book enlightens the world. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Every burned book enlightens the world.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

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


quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Power and speed be hands and feet. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Power and speed be hands and feet.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: We gain the strength of the temptation we resist. with background image: sunset woman at beach
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We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Getting old is a fascinating thing. The older you get, the older you want to get. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

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 by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Every artist was first an amateur. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Every artist was first an amateur.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Preaching is the expression of the moral sentiment in application to the duties of life. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait. with background image: brown tabby kitten lying on white textile
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Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: A more secret, sweet, and overpowering beauty appears to man when his heart and mind open to the sentiment of virtue. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

A more secret, sweet, and overpowering beauty appears to man when his heart and mind open to the sentiment of virtue.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

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 by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Every man I meet is in some way my superior. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Every man I meet is in some way my superior.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: People disparage knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing. I am content with knowing, if only I could know. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The highest revelation is that God is in every man. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

The highest revelation is that God is in every man.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: As soon as there is life there is danger. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

As soon as there is life there is danger.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. with background image: yellow flower
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Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

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


quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The greatest gift is a portion of thyself. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

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 by Ralph Waldo Emerson: I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

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


quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine, a possession for all time. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war. with background image: brown and black galleon ship on ocean water under gray sky
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The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Make yourself necessary to somebody. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Make yourself necessary to somebody.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: A good indignation brings out all one's powers. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

A good indignation brings out all one's powers.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The reward of a thing well done is having done it. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

The reward of a thing well done is having done it.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: As we grow old, the beauty steals inward. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: God enters by a private door into every individual. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

God enters by a private door into every individual.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The years teach much which the days never know. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

The years teach much which the days never know.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Men are what their mothers made them. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Men are what their mothers made them.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

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 by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. with background image: person wearing TV helmet with remote
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The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. with background image: adult black and white dog leaning on wooden fence
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The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Pictures must not be too picturesque. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Pictures must not be too picturesque.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: In every society some men are born to rule, and some to advise. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Revolutions go not backward. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Revolutions go not backward.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: America is another name for opportunity. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

America is another name for opportunity.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

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


quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Our best thoughts come from others. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Our best thoughts come from others.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: We are always getting ready to live but never living. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

We are always getting ready to live but never living.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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


quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: People only see what they are prepared to see. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

People only see what they are prepared to see.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

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 by Ralph Waldo Emerson: To be great is to be misunderstood. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

To be great is to be misunderstood.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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 by Ralph Waldo Emerson: I think we must get rid of slavery, or we must get rid of freedom. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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


quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

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


quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same. with background image: person holding brown leaf
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Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: We aim above the mark to hit the mark. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

We aim above the mark to hit the mark.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

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


quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Hitch your wagon to a star. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Hitch your wagon to a star.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Beauty without expression is boring. with background image: silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour
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Beauty without expression is boring.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The first wealth is health. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

The first wealth is health.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: We must be our own before we can be another's. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force -- that thoughts rule the world. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

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

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: What you are comes to you. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

What you are comes to you.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson
quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: Science does not know its debt to imagination. with background image: photo of author Ralph Waldo Emerson with quote

Science does not know its debt to imagination.

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

Longer Version:

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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