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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which animates all whom it floats, and you are without effort impelled to truth, to right and a perfect contentment.
 

Play out the game, act well your part, and if the gods have blundered, we will not.
[Action]
 

Poetry must be new as foam, and as old as the rock.
[Poets And Poetry]
 

Poetry teaches the enormous force of a few words, and, in proportion to the inspiration, checks loquacity.
 

Poverty, Frost, Famine, Rain, Disease, are the beadles and guardsmen that hold us to Common Sense.
[Motivation]
 

Power and speed be hands and feet.
 

Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view.
[Prayer]
 

Pride ruined the angels.
[Pride]
 

Progress is the activity of today and the assurance of tomorrow.
[Progress]
 

Proportion is almost impossible to human beings. There is no one who does not exaggerate.
[Deception]
 

Proverbs are the literature of reason, or the statements of absolute truth, without qualification. Like the sacred books of each nation, they are the sanctuary of its intuitions.
 

Pure by impure is not seen.
 

Pure doctrine always bears fruit in pure benefits.
[Doctrine]
 

Reading should be in proportion to thinking, and thinking in proportion to reading.
[Reading]
 

Reality is a sliding door.
 

Repose and cheerfulness are the badge of the gentleman - repose in energy. The Greek battle pieces are calm; the heroes, in whatever violent actions engaged, retain a serene aspect.
[Gentleman]
 

Revolutions never go backwards.
[Progress]
 

Right Now Is the Time to Be Kind You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
[Helping Other People]
 

Sad spectacle that a man should live and be fed that he may fill a paragraph every year in the newspapers for his wonderful age, as we record the weight and girth of the Bog Ox or Mammoth Girl. We do not count a man's years until he has nothing else to count.
[Age]
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Salvation would not be a question of accepting a creed, but of acquiring insight.
 


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