Ralph Waldo Emerson
May 25, 1803
Place of Birth
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
April 27, 1882 (aged 78)
American essayist, lecturer
All our progress is an unfolding, like the vegetable bud, you have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
In Bud Quotes
It is implied in all superior culture that a complete man would need no auxiliaries to his personal presence.
In Presence Quotes
People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.
In Wish Quotes
It is the soundness of the bones that ultimates itself in the peach- bloom complexion.
In Bloom Quotes
The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence.
In Presence Quotes
If thou fill thy brain with Boston and New York, with fashion and covetousness, and wilt stimulate thy jaded senses with wine and French coffee, thou shalt find no radiance of wisdom in the lonely waste of the pinewoods.
In Covetousness Quotes
A man known to us only as a celebrity in politics or in trade, gains largely in our esteem if we discover that he has some intellectual taste or skill.
In Taste Quotes
Valor consists in the power of self-recovery, so that a man cannot have his flank turned, cannot be out-generalled, but put him where you will, he stands. This can only be by his preferring truth to his past apprehension of truth; and his alert acceptance of it, from whatever quarter; the intrepid conviction that his laws, his relations to society, his Christianity, his world may at any time be superseded and decease.
In Fortitude Quotes
He in whom the love of repose predominates will accept the first creed, the first philosophy, the first political party he meets — most likely his father's. He gets rest, commodity, and reputation; but he shuts the door of truth.
In Prejudice Quotes
Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals, that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail.
In Selfish Quotes
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