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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.
[Civilization]
 

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

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.
[Wisdom]
 

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

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.
[Action]
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Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.
[Nature]
 

Ah, if the rich were rich as the poor fancy riches!
[Riches]
 

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

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

All diseases run into one, old age.
[Age]
 

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

All great men come out of the middle classes.
[Greatness]
 

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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