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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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The greatest homage we can pay truth is to use it.
[Truth]
 

The greatest man in history was the poorest.
[Poverty]
 

The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship.
[Happiness]
 

The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.
 

The heroic cannot be the common, nor can the common be the heroic.
 

The high prize of life, the crowning fortune of a man, is to be born with a bias to some pursuit which finds him in employment and happiness.
[Happiness]
 

The highest compact we can make with our fellow, is, - "Let there be truth between us two forevermore."
 

The highest price you can pay for a thing is to ask for it.
 

The highest revelation is that God is in every man.
 

The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature, to make water run uphill, to twist a rope of sand. It makes no difference whether the actors be many or one, a tyrant or a mob.
 

The idiot, the Indian, the child, and the unschooled farmer's boy stand nearer to the light by which nature is to be read, than the dissector or the antiquary.
 

The imagination is not a talent of some men but is the health of every man.
 

The imbecility of men is always inviting the impudence of power.
 

The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity. The inventor did it because it was natural to him, and so in him it has a charm. In the imitator something else is natural, and he bereaves himself of his own beauty, to come short of another man's.
 

The Indian who was laid under a curse, that the wind should not blow on him, nor water flow to him, nor fire burn him, is a type of us all. The dearest events are summer-rain, and we the Para coats that shed every drop. Nothing is left us now but death. We look to that with a grim satisfaction, saying, there at least is reality that will not dodge us.
 

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the ordinary.
 

The key to every man is his thought. Sturdy and defying though he look, he has a helm which he obeys, which is the idea after which all his facts are classified. He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.
[Thought]
 

The less a man thinks or knows about his virtues, the better we like him.
[Admiration]
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The less government we have the better - the fewer laws and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal government is the influence of private character, the growth of the individual.
[Government]
 

The life of man is the true romance, which when it is valiantly conduced, will yield the imagination a higher joy than any fiction.
 


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