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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


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Difficulties exist to be surmounted.
[Problems]
 

Discontent is want of self-discipline; it is infirmity of will.
[Discontent]
 

Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
[Courage]
 

Do not believe that you can possibly escape the reward of your action.
 

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
[Nature]
 

Do not yet see, that, if the single man plant himself indomitably on his instincts, and there abide, the huge world will come round to him.
 

Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.
 

Do what you know and perception is converted into character.
[Character]
 

Doing well is the result of doing good. That's what capitalism is all about.
 

Don't be a cynic, and bewail and bemoan. - Omit the negative propositions. - Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good. - Set down nothing that will help somebody.
 

Don't say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
 

Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.
 

Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding.
 

Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody, and to that person whatever he says has an enhanced value.
[Admiration]
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Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well -- he has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun.
 

Each mind hath its own method. - A true man never acquires after college rules. - What you have yourself aggregated in a natural manner surprises and delights when it is produced. - We cannot oversee each other's secret.
[Individuality]
 

Earth laughs in flowers.
[Nature]
 

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
 

Envy is ignorance, imitation is suicide.
 

Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey the laws too well. What satire on government can equal the severity of censure conveyed in the word Politic, which now for ages has signified cunning, intimating that the State is a trick?
 


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