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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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Every violation of truth is a stab at the health of human society.
[Truth]
 

Every wall is a door.
 

Excite the soul, and the weather and the town and your condition in the world all disappear; the world itself loses its solidity, nothing remains but the soul and the Divine Presence in which it lives.
[Spirituality]
 

Extremes meet, and there is no better example than the naughtiness of humility.
[Hypocrisy]
 

Eyes are bold as lions, roving, running, leaping, here and there, far and near. - They speak all languages; wait for no introduction; ask no leave of age or rank; respect neither poverty nor riches, neither learning nor power, nor virtue, nor sex, but intrude, and come again, and go through and through you in a moment of time. - What inundation of life and thought is discharged from one soul into another through them!
 

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

Fear always springs from ignorance.
[Fear]
 

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

Fear is an instructor of great sagacity, and the herald of all revolutions.
 

Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
 

Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others, and this is a gift interred only by the self.
 

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
[Nature]
 

Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. This you cannot do without temperance.
 

Five great enemies to peace inhabit us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace.
[Happiness]
 

Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.
[Nature]
 

Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.
 

For every benefit you receive a tax is levied.
 

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

For every thing you have missed, you have gained something else; and for every thing you gain, you lose something.
[Forgiveness]
 

For it is not meters, but a meter-making argument, that makes a poem, - a thought so passionate and alive, that, like the spirit of a plant or an animal, it has an architecture of its own, and adorns nature with a new thing.
 


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