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

Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.
Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you're saying.
Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?
Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
We are wiser than we know.
Make yourself necessary to somebody.
Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds.
We do what we must, and call it by the best names.
Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.
Nature hates calculators.
Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.
We aim above the mark to hit the mark.
Night hovers all day in the boughs of the fir tree.
The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers.
Men achieve a certain greatness unawares, when working to another aim.
Men are what their mothers made them.
Revolutions go not backward.
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
A good indignation brings out all one's powers.
We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.
Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
Every artist was first an amateur.
The miracles of genius always rest on profound convictions which refuse to be analyzed.