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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he know that every day is Doomsday.
[Nature]
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Yet a man may love a paradox, without losing either his wit or his honesty.
 

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
 

You cannot do wrong without suffering wrong.
 

You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
[Instincts]
 

You must pay for conformity. All goes well as long as you run with conformists. But you, who are honest men in other particulars, know that there is alive somewhere a man whose honesty reaches to this point also, that he shall not kneel to false gods, and, on the day when you meet him, you sink into the class of counterfeits.
 

You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said God; you shall not have both.
 

Youth is everywhere in place. Age, like woman, requires fit surroundings.
[Age]
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