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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
 

Some men's words I remember so well that I must often use them to express my thought. Yes, because I perceive that we have heard the same truth, but they have heard it better.
 

Some natures are too good to be spoiled by praise.
 

Some of your hurts you have cured, And the sharpest you still have survived, But what torments of grief you endured From the evil which never arrived.
[Worry]
 

Some thoughts always find us young, and keep us so. Such a thought is the love of the universal and eternal beauty.
[Beauty]
 

Some will always be above others. - Destroy the inequality today, and it will appear again tomorrow.
[Aristocracy]
 

Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.
 

Sooner or later that which is now life shall be poetry, and every fair and manly trait shall add a richer strain to the song.
 

Sorrow makes us all children again.
[Sorrow]
 

Speak what you think today in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today.
 

Spiritual force is stronger than material; thoughts rule the world.
[Thought]
 

Steam is no stronger now than it was a hundred years ago, but it is put to better use.
[Science]
 

Strong men greet war, tempest, hard times. They wish, as Pindar said, to tread the floors of hell, with necessities as hard as iron.
[Adversity]
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Take egotism out and you would castrate the benefactors.
 

Talent alone cannot make a writer. There must be a man behind the book.
[Writing]
 

Talent finds its models, methods, and ends in society, exists for exhibition, and goes to the soul only for power to work. Genius is its own end, and draws its means and the style of its architecture from within.
[Talent]
 

Talent for talent's sake is a bauble and a show. Talent working with joy in the cause of universal truth lifts the possessor to new power as a benefactor.
[Talent]
 

That which we are we are all the while teaching, not voluntarily, but involuntarily.
[Education]
 

That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.
 

The adventitious beauty of poetry may be felt in the greater delight with a verse given in a happy quotation than in the poem.
[Quotations]
 


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