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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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It is a fact often observed, that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion, who cannot write well under other circumstances.
 

It is a happy talent to know how to play.
 

It is an amiable illusion, which the shape of our planet prompts, that every man is at the top of the world.
 

It is doubtless a vice to turn one's eyes inward too much, but I am my own comedy and tragedy.
[Self Knowledge]
 

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion. It is easy in solitude to live after our own. But the great man is he who, in the midst of the crowd, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
[Greatness]
 

It is frivolous to fix pedantically the date of particular inventions. They have all been invented over and over fifty times. Man is the arch machine, of which all these shifts drawn from himself are toy models. He helps himself on each emergency by copying or duplicating his own structure, just so far as the need is.
[Invention]
 

It is my desire, in the office of a Christian minister, to do nothing which I cannot do with my whole heart. Having said this, I have said all.
 

It is not length of life, but depth of life.
[Life]
 

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
[Friendship]
 

It is proof of high culture to say the greatest matters in the simplest way.
[Simplicity]
 

It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy, that the world owes the world more than the world can pay.
 

It is the fault of our rhetoric that we cannot strongly state one fact without seeming to belie some other.
 

It is the privilege of any human work which is well done to invest the doer with a certain haughtiness. He can well afford not to conciliate, whose faithful work will answer for him.
[Work]
 

It is the quality of the moment, not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports.
 

It is time to be old, To take in sail.
[Age]
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It makes a great difference in the force of a sentence, whether a man be behind it or no.
[Words]
 

It requires a great deal of boldness and a great deal of caution to make a great fortune, and when you have it, it requires ten times as much skill to keep it.
 

It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, 'always do what you are afraid to do.'
 

Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.
 

Judicious praise is to children what the sun is to flowers. Christian Bovee A little praise Goes a great ways.
[Applause]
 


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