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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure.

For what avail the plough or sail, Or land, or life, if freedom fail?

Four snakes gliding up and down a hollow for no purpose that I could see - not to eat, not for love, but only gliding.

Friendship requires more time than poor busy men can usually command.

Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.

Genius always finds itself a century too early.

Genius borrows nobly. When Shakespeare is charged with debts to his authors, Landor replies: "Yet he was more original than his originals. He breathed upon dead bodies and brought them into life."

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

Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes. He has not the trouble of earning to own them: they solicit him to enter and possess.

Give all to love; obey thy heart.

Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous.

Glittering generalities! They are blazing ubiquities.

Go oft to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.

Go put your creed into the deed, Nor speak with double tongue.
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God enters by a private door into every individual.

God had infinite time to give us.... He cut it up into a near succession of new mornings, and, with each, therefore, a new idea, new inventions, and new applications.

God may forgive sins, he said, but awkwardness has no forgiveness in heaven or earth.

God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please; you can never have both.

God screens us evermore from premature ideas.

Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.

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