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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded by worry, fret and anxiety.

He that rides his hobby gently must always give way to him that rides his hobby hard.

He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.

He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses.

He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.

He who loves goodness harbors angels, reveres reverence, and lives with God.

Hence, the less government we have, the better, - the fewer laws, and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal Government, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual.

Here is the world, sound as a nut, perfect, not the smallest piece of chaos left, never a stitch nor an end, not a mark of haste, or botching, or second thought; but the theory of the world is a thing of shreds and patches.

Heroism feels and never reasons and therefore is always right.

His heart was as great as the world, but there was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong.

History must be this or it is nothing. Every law which the state enacts indicates a fact in human nature; that is all. We must in ourselves see the necessary reason of every fact, - see how it could and must be.

Hitch your wagon to a star.

Hope writes the poetry of the boy, but memory that of the man. Man looks forward with smiles, but backward with sighs. Such is the wise providence of God. The cup of life is sweetness at the brim - the flavor is impaired as we drink deeper, and the dregs are made bitter that we may not struggle when it is taken from our lips.

How casually and unobservedly we make all our most valued acquaintances.

I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.

I can find my biography in every fable that I read.

I could better eat with one who did not respect the truth or the laws, than with a sloven and unpresentable person. Moral qualities rule the world, but at short distances the senses are despotic.

I do then with my friends as I do with my books. I would have them where I can find them, but I seldom use them.

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show for any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.

I fancy I need more than another to speak (rather than write), with such a formidable tendency to the lapidary style. I build my house of boulders.

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