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

Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events.
Genius always finds itself a century too early.
He builded better than he knew; the conscious stone to beauty grew.
Washington, where an insignificant individual may trespass on a nation's time.
The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.
Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.
The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others.
The sum of wisdom is that time is never lost that is devoted to work.
No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.
Good men must not obey the laws too well.
Every mind must make its choice between truth and repose. It cannot have both.
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.
Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.
The believing we do something when we do nothing is the first illusion of tobacco.
Intellect annuls Fate. So far as a man thinks, he is free.
The years teach much which the days never knew.
A man in debt is so far a slave.
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
Be an opener of doors.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.