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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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Mysticism is the mistake of an accidental and individual symbol for an universal one.
 

Nature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease; all others run into this one.
[Age]
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Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
[Nature]
 

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.
[Nature]
 

Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other.
[Courage]
 

Nature hates calculators.
 

Nature is a frugal mother, and never gives without measure. When she has work to do, she qualifies men for that and sends them equipped.
[Nature]
 

Nature is a mutable cloud, which is always and never the same.
 

Nature is full of freaks, and now puts an old head on young shoulders, and then a young heart beating under fourscore winters.
[Age]
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Nature is no sentimentalist - does not cosset or pamper us. We must see that the world is rough and surly, and will not mind drowning a man or a woman, but swallows your ships like a grain of dust. The cold, inconsiderate of persons, tingles your blood, benumbs your feet, freezes a man like an apple. The diseases, the elements, fortune, gravity, lightning, respect no persons.
[Nature]
 

Nature is reckless of the individual. When she has points to carry, she carries them
[Nature]
 

Nature is saturated with deity.
[Nature]
 

Nature is the best posture-master.
[Manners]
 

Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent God bursts through everywhere.
[God]
 

Nature is upheld by antagonism. - Passions, resistance, danger, are educators. We acquire the strength we have overcome.
 

Nature is what you may do. There is much you may not do.
[Acceptance]
 

Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
[Acceptance]
 

Nature paints the best part of a picture, carves the best parts of the statue, builds the best part of the house, and speaks the best part of the oration.
 

Neither is a dictionary a bad book to read. There is no cant in it, no excess of explanation, and it is full of suggestions, the raw material of possible poems and histories.
 

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God's handwriting - a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.
[Beauty]
 


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