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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
 

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
 

To live without duties is obscene.
 

To make knowledge valuable, you must have the cheerfulness of wisdom. Goodness smiles to the last.
[Cheerfulness]
 

To the body and mind which have been cramped by noxious work or company, nature is medicinal and restores their tone.
 

To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.
[Nature]
 

To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine.
 

To think is to act.
 

Tomorrow will be like today. Life wastes itself whilst we are preparing to live.
 

Too busy with the crowded hour to fear to live or die.
 

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.
[Confidence]
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Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.
[Advice]
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Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
[Instincts]
 

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
 

Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love. Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none.
 

Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men.
 

Truth is the summit of being; justice is the application of it to affairs.
 

Two may talk and one may hear, but three cannot take part in a conversation of the most sincere and searching sort.
 

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
 

Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are.
 


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