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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?
[Cowardice]
 

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]
 

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

Genius always finds itself a century too early.
[Intelligence]
 

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.
[Love]
 

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

Glittering generalities! They are blazing ubiquities.
[Oratory]
 

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

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

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.
[Mornings]
 

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.
[Choice]
 

God screens us evermore from premature ideas.
 

Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.
 


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