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

Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.
If a man can... make a better mousetrap, the world will make a beaten path to his door.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.
Reality is a sliding door.
Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, 'always do what you are afraid to do.'
Cards were at first for benefits designed, sent to amuse, not to enslave the mind.
Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.
There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know.
Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.
I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it.
Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
God screens us evermore from premature ideas.
Children are all foreigners.
Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.
As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.
If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.
Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.
Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.