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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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A man's library is a sort of harem.

A masterpiece of art has in the mind a fixed place in the chain of being, as much as a plant or a crystal.

A mob is a society of bodies, voluntarily bereaving themselves of reason, and traversing its work. - The mob is man, voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast. - Its fit hour of activity is night; its actions are insane, like its whole constitution.

A person seldom falls sick but the bystanders are animated with a faint hope that he will die.

A strenuous soul hates cheap success; it is the ardor of the assailant that makes the vigor of the defendant.

A sufficient and sure method of civilization is the influence of good women.

A vivid thought brings the power to paint it; and in proportion to the depth of its source is the force of its projection.

A wise man always throws himself on the side of his assailants. It is more his interests than it is theirs to find his weak point.

A woman's strength is the irresistible might of weakness.

Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.
[Self Acceptance]

Act, if you like, - but you do it at your peril. Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted and who has not been the victim and slave of his action.
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Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.

Ah, if the rich were rich as the poor fancy riches!

Alas for the unhappy man that is called to stand in the pulpit, and not give the bread of life.

Alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine are weak dilutions. The surest poison is time.

All diseases run into one, old age.

All educated Americans, first or last, go to Europe.

All great men come out of the middle classes.

All great natures delight in stability; all great men find eternity affirmed in the very promise of their faculties.

All history is but the lengthened shadow of a great man.

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