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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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Classics which at home are drowsily read have a strange charm in a country inn, or in the transom of a merchant brig.
 

Coal is a portable climate.
 

Colleges hate geniuses, just as convents hate saints.
 

Commit a crime and the earth is made of glass.
 

Common sense is as rare as genius.
 

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
 

Condense some daily experience into a glowing symbol, and an audience is electrified.
 

Consider what you have in the smallest chosen library. A company of the wisest and wittiest men that could be picked out of all civil countries, in a thousand years, have set in best order the results of their learning and wisdom. The men themselves were hid and inaccessible, solitary, impatient of interruption, fenced by etiquette; but the thought which they did not uncover to their bosom friend is here written out in transparent words to us, the strangers of another age.
[Libraries]
 

Consideration is the soil in which wisdom may be expected to grow, and strength be given to every upspringings plant of duty.
[Consideration]
 

Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for his competitors, for it is that which all are practicing every day while they live.
[Conversation]
 

Conversation is the laboratory and workshop of the student.
[Conversation]
 

Coolness, and absence of heat and haste, indicate fine qualities. A gentleman makes no noise; a lady is serene.
[Manners]
 

Courage consists of the power of self-recovery.
[Courage]
 

Crime and punishment grow out of one stem. Punishment is a fruit that, unsuspected, ripens within the flower of the pleasure that concealed it.
[Punishment]
 

Culture, with us, ends in headache.
[Culture]
 

Cure the drunkard, heal the insane, mollify the homicide, civilize the Pawnee, but what lessons can be devised for the debaucher of sentiment?
 

Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.
[Curiosity]
 

Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.
 

Defect in manners is usually the defect of fine perceptions. Elegance comes of no breeding, but of birth.
[Manners]
 

Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.
 


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