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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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The teaching of politics is that the Government, which was set for protection and comfort of all good citizens, becomes the principal obstruction and nuisance with which we have to contend... The cheat and bully and malefactor we meet everywhere is the Government.
 

The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education.
[Education]
 

The torpid artist seeks inspiration at any cost, by virtue or by vice, by friend or by fiend, by prayer or by wine.
 

The true test of a civilization is not the census, nor the size of the cities, nor the crops-no, but the kind of man the country turns out.
[Civilization]
 

The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society.
 

The value of a dollar is to buy just things; a dollar goes on increasing in value with all the genius and all the virtue of the world. A dollar in a university is worth more than a dollar in a jail; in a temperate, schooled, law-abiding community, than in some sink of crime, where dice, knives, and arsenic are in constant play.
[Money]
 

The value of a principle is the number of things it will explain; and there is no good theory of a disease which does not at once suggest a cure.
[Principles]
 

The walls of rude minds are scrawled all over with facts, with thoughts. They shall one day bring a lantern and read the inscriptions.
[Thought]
 

The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike.
 

The whole of heraldry and chivalry is in courtesy. - A man of fine manners shall pronounce your name with all the ornament that titles of nobility could add.
[Courtesy]
 

The whole of what we know is a system of compensations. Each suffering is rewarded; each sacrifice is made up; every debt is paid.
[Life]
 

The wise man in the storm prays God not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.
[Prayer]
 

The world belongs to the energetic.
[Enthusiasm]
 

The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
[Opportunity]
 

The world is his, who has money to go over it.
 

The world is nothing, the man is all; in yourself is the law of all nature, and you know not yet how a globule of sap ascends; in yourself slumbers the whole of Reason; it is for you to know all, it is for you to dare all.
 

The years teach much which the days never know.
[Experience]
 

There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snow-storm. We wake from one dream into another dream.
 

There are faces so fluid with expression, so flushed and rippled by the play of thought, that we can hardly find what the mere features really are. - When the delicious beauty of lineaments loses its power, it is because a more delicious beauty has appeared - that an interior and durable form has been disclosed.
 

There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.
 


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