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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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An orator or author is never successful till he has learned to make his words smaller than his ideas.
[Oratory]
 

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
[Action]
 

And what greater calamity can fall upon a nation than the loss of worship.
[Worship]
 

Art is a jealous mistress.
 

Artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.
 

As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.
 

As a man thinketh, so is he, and as a man chooseth, so is he.
[Decisions]
 

As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.
 

As soon as there is life, there is danger.
[Risks]
 

As the Sandwich Islander believes that the strength and valor of the enemy he kills passes into himself, so we gain the strength of the temptations we resist.
[Temptation]
 

As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.
 

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
[Adversity]
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Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.
 

Be silly, be honest, be kind.
 

Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.
[Beauty]
 

Beauty is the mark God sets on virtue. - Every natural action is graceful; every heroic act is also decent, and causes the place and the bystanders to shine.
[Beauty]
 

Beauty will not come at the call of a legislature, nor will it repeat in England or America its history in Greece. It will come, as always, unannounced, and spring up between the feet of brave and earnest men.
[Beauty]
 

Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.
[Beauty]
 

Beauty, without expression, tires.
[Beauty]
 

Before we acquire great power, we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
 


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