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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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I find the Englishman to be him of all men who stands firmest in his shoes. They have in themselves what they value in their horses, - mettle and bottom.
 

I had better never see a book than to be warped by its attraction clean out of my own orbit, and made a satellite instead of a system. The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul.
 

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
 

I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it.
[Helping Other People]
 

I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility, which religion is powerless to bestow.
[Fashion]
 

I have no hostility to nature, but a child's love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons.
 

I have seen manners that make a similar impression with personal beauty, that give the like exhilaration and refine us like that; and in memorable experiences they are certainly better than beauty, and make that superfluous and ugly. But they must be marked by fine perception, and must always showcontrol; you shall not be facile, apologetic, or leaky, but king over your word; and every gesture and action shall indicate power at rest. They must be inspired by the good heart. There is no beautifier of complexion, or form or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy, and not pain, around us.
[Manners]
 

I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.
 

I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.
 

I look on that man as happy, who, when there is question of success, looks into his work for a reply.
 

I no more remember the books I have read than the meals I have eaten, but they have made me.
 

I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the Stern Fact, the Sad Self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from.
 

I pay the School Master, but 'tis the school boys that educate my son.
[Education]
 

I regard it as the irresistible effect of the Copernican astronomy to have made the theological scheme of redemption absolutely incredible
 

I see her not dispirited, not weak, but well, remembering that she has seen dark times before, indeed with a kind of instinct that she sees a little better in a cloudy day.
 

I see the spectacle of morning from the hill-top over against my house, from daybreak to sunrise, with emotions an angel might share. - The long, slender bars of cloud float, like fishes, in the sea of crimson light. - From the earth, as a shore, I look out into that silent sea. - I seem to partake its rapid transformations; the active enchantment reaches me, and I dilate and conspire with the morning wind.
 

I wish that life should not be cheap, but sacred. I wish the days to be as centuries, loaded, fragrant.
 

I wish to say what I think and feel today, with the proviso that tomorrow perhaps I shall contradict it all.
 

I wish to write such rhymes as shall not suggest a restraint, but contrariwise the wildest freedom.
 

Ideas must work through the brains and arms of men, or they are no better than dreams.
[Ideas]
 


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