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

Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no chance and anarchy in the universe. All is system and gradation. Every god is there sitting in his sphere.
I have no hostility to nature, but a child's love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons.
Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual.
Every wall is a door.
It is the quality of the moment, not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action.
We do not yet possess ourselves, and we know at the same time that we are much more.
Happy is the hearing man; unhappy the speaking man.
Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes.
We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state.
A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like to him; wherever he goes.
Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.
Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody, before it was actually verified.
Mysticism is the mistake of an accidental and individual symbol for an universal one.
The earth laughs in flowers.
Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding.
There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snow-storm. We wake from one dream into another dream.
The faith that stands on authority is not faith.
If the tongue had not been framed for articulation, man would still be a beast in the forest.
As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.
A man is the whole encyclopedia of facts.
Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.
Commerce is of trivial import; love, faith, truth of character, the aspiration of man, these are sacred.