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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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Vigor is contagious, and whatever makes us either think or feel strongly adds to our power and enlarges our field of action.
[Enthusiasm]
 

Want is a growing giant whom the coat of Have was never large enough to cover.
[Forgiveness]
 

We acquire the strength we have overcome.
 

We aim above the mark to hit the mark. Every act hath some falsehood or exaggeration in it.
[Above]
 

We all boil at different degrees.
 

We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.
 

We are always getting ready to live, but never living.
 

We are as much informed of a writer's genius by what he selects as by what he originates.
[Writers And Writing]
 

We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.
 

We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state.
 

We are much better believers in immortality than we can give grounds for. - The real evidence is too subtle, or is higher than we can write down in propositions.
[Immortality]
 

We are prisoners of ideas.
 

We are reformers in spring and summer; in autumn and winter we stand by the old; reformers in the morning, conservers at night. Reform is affirmative, conservatism negative; conservatism goes for comfort, reform for truth.
[Conservatism]
 

We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.
 

We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation-rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.
 

We are symbols, and inhabit symbols.
 

We are very near to greatness: one step and we are safe; can we not take the leap?
 

We are wiser than we know.
 

We are, like Nebuchadnezzar, dethroned, bereft of reason, and eating grass like an ox.
 

We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its ends.
[Beauty]
 


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