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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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The reason why men do not obey us, is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
 

The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.
 

The Religion that is afraid of science dishonours God and commits suicide. It acknowledges that it is not equal to the whole of truth, that it legislates, tyrannizes over a village of God's empires but is not the immutable universal law. Every influx of atheism, of skepticism is thus made useful as a mercury pill assaulting and removing a diseased religion and making way for truth.
 

The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.
 

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
[Energy]
 

The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.
 

The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.
[Education]
 

The secret of success in society is a certain heartiness and sympathy. A man who is not happy in company, cannot find any word in his memory that will fit the occasion; all his information is a little impertinent. A man who is happy there, finds in every turn of the conversation occasions for the introduction of what he has to say. The favorites of society are able men, and of more spirit than wit, who have no uncomfortable egotism, but who exactly fill the hour and the company, contented and contenting.
[Society]
 

The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity, but in being uninteresting.
[Being]
 

The selfish man suffers more from his selfishness than he from whom that selfishness withholds some important benefit.
[Selfishness]
 

The shoemaker makes a good shoe because he makes nothing else.
[Expert]
 

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
[Imagination]
 

The soul contains the event that shall befall it, for the event is only the actualization of its thoughts, and what we pray to ourselves for is always granted.
[Positive]
 

The soul is subject to dollars.
 

The street is full of humiliations to the proud.
[Humility]
 

The sublime is excited in me by the great stoical doctrine, Obey thyself.
 

The sum of wisdom is that time is never lost that is devoted to work.
 

The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eyes and the heart of the child.
 

The Sunday is the core of our civilization, dedicated to thought and reverence. - It invites to the noblest solitude and to the noblest society.
[Sabbath]
 

The surest poison is time.
[One Day]
 


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