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Born in May 25, 1803 / Died in April 27, 1882 / United States / English

Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why need I volumes, if one word suffice?
I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.
The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.
What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.
The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity, but in being uninteresting.
If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.
Every sentence spoken by Napoleon, and every line of his writing, deserves reading, as it is the sense of France.
There is more difference in the quality of our pleasures than in the amount.
Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise shall give him no peace.
It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy, that the world owes the world more than the world can pay.
Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.
There are other measures of self-respect for a man, than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.
The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.
Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love. Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none.
Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.
O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
Words are also actions, and actions are a kind of words.
The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike.
There is always safety in valor.
People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.