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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
 

The man and woman of seventy assume to know all, they have outlived their hope, they renounce aspiration, accept the actual for the necessary, and talk down to the young.
[Age]
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The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.
 

The man who renounces himself, comes to himself.
 

The mark of the man of the world is absence of pretension. He does not make a speech; he takes a low business-tone, avoids all brag, is nobody, dresses plainly, promises not at all, performs much, speaks in monosyllables, hugs his fact. He calls his employment by its lowest name, and so takes from evil tongues their sharpest weapon. His conversation clings to the weather and the news, yet he allows himself to be surprised into thought, and the unlocking of his learning and philosophy.
 

The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.
 

The masters painted for joy, and knew riot that virtue had gone out of them. They could not paint the like in cold blood. The masters of English lyric wrote their songs so. It was a fine efflorescence of fine powers.
 

The meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply helping or hurting.
 

The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men around to his opinion twenty years later.
 

The merit claimed for the Anglican Church is that, if you let it alone, it will let you alone.
[Religion]
 

The method of nature: who could ever analyze it?
 

The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast.
[Mobs]
 

The more he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
 

The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most.
 

The most tedious of all discourses are on the subject of the Supreme Being.
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The next thing to saying a good thing yourself, is to quote one.
 

The one prudence in life is concentration; the one evil is dissipation.
[Brevity]
 

The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul.
[Soul]
 

The only gift is a portion of thyself.
[Helping Other People]
 

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
 


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