Ralph Waldo Emerson
May 25, 1803
Place of Birth
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
April 27, 1882 (aged 78)
American essayist, lecturer
It is implied in all superior culture that a complete man would need no auxiliaries to his personal presence.
In Presence Quotes
We are students of words; we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.
In Dependence Quotes
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
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
Line in nature is not found; Unit and universe are round; In vain produced, all rays return; Evil will bless, and ice will burn.
In Vain 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the intrepid conviction that his laws, his relations to society, his Christianity, his world may at any time be superseded and decease.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
Earth laughs in flowers to see her boastful boys Earth-proud, proud of the earth which is not theirs; Who steer the plough, but cannot steer their feet Clear of the grave.
In Proud Quotes
Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them. Some minds are incapable of skepticism.
In Belief Quotes
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