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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.
 

The difference between landscape and landscape is small, but there's a great difference in the beholders.
[Observation]
 

The disease with which the human mind now labors is want of faith.
 

The effect of the indulgence of this human affection is a certain cordial exhilaration.
[Affection]
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The effects of opposition are wonderful. There are men who rise refreshed on hearing of a threat, men to whom a crises, which intimidates and paralyzes the majority, comes as graceful and beloved as a bride!
[Adversity]
 

The eloquent man is he who is no beautiful speaker, but who is inwardly and desperately drunk with a certain belief.
 

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
[Civilization]
 

The essence of all jokes, of all comedy, seems to be an honest or well intended halfness; a non performance of that which is pretended to be performed, at the same time that one is giving loud pledges of performance. The balking of the intellect, is comedy and it announces itself in the pleasant spasms we call laughter.
[Jokes]
 

The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.
[Observation]
 

The faith that stands on authority is not faith.
[Faith]
 

The finest and noblest ground on which people can live is truth; the real with the real; a ground on which nothing is assumed.
[Truth]
 

The first lesson of history, is, that evil is good.
 

The first wealth is health. Sickness is poor-spirited, and cannot serve any one; it must husband its recources to live. But health answers its own ends, and has to spare; runs over, and inundates the neighborhoods and creeks of other men's necessities.
[Health]
 

The flowering of civilization is the finished man - the man of sense, of grace, of accomplishment, of social power - the gentleman.
[Gentleman]
 

The flowering of geometry.
 

The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.
 

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.
[Family]
 

The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.
 

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.
 

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
 


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