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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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There are other measures of self-respect for a man, than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.
 

There are people who have an appetite for grief; pleasure is not strong enough and they crave pain. They have mithridatic stomachs which must be fed on poisoned bread, natures so doomed that no prosperity can sooth their ragged and dishevelled desolation.
[Positive]
 

There are some men above grief and some men below it.
[Sorrow]
 

There are three wants which can never be satisfied: that of the rich, who want something more; that of the sick, who want something different; and that of the traveler, who says, "Anywhere but here."
 

There are two classes of poets - the poets by education and practice, these we respect; and poets by nature, these we love.
 

There can be no excess to love, to knowledge, to beauty, when these attributes are considered in the purest sense.
[Excess]
 

There can be no high civility without a deep morality.
[Morality]
 

There exists a strict relation between the class of power and the exclusive and polished circles. The last are always filled, or filling from the first. Fashion, though in a strange way, represents all manly virtue. It is virtue gone to seed; a kind of posthumous honor; a hall of the past. Great men are not commonly in its halls: they are absent in the field: they are working, not triumphing Fashion is made up of their children.
[Society]
 

There is a blessed necessity by which the interest of men is always driving them to the right; and, again, making all crime mean and ugly.
[Blessed]
 

There is a certain satisfaction in coming down to the lowest ground of politics, for then we get rid of cant and hypocrisy.
[Politics]
 

There is a crack in everything God has made.
[Religion]
 

There is a kind of latent omniscience not only in every man, but in every particle.
[Trifles]
 

There is a tendency for things to right themselves.
 

There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse as his portion.
[Education]
 

There is always a best way of doing everything, if it be to boil an egg. Manners are the happy ways of doing things; each once a stroke of genius or of love, - now repeated and hardened into usage. They form at last a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned.
 

There is always a certain meanness in the argument of conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact.
 

There is always room for a man of force, and he makes room for many. Society is a troop of thinkers, and the best heads among them take the best places.
[Power]
 

There is always safety in valor.
 

There is an optical illusion about every person we meet.
 

There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
 


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