Ralph Waldo Emerson
May 25, 1803
Place of Birth
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
April 27, 1882 (aged 78)
American essayist, lecturer
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the intrepid conviction that his laws, his relations to society, his Christianity, his world may at any time be superseded and decease.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
Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them. Some minds are incapable of skepticism.
In Belief Quotes
If the red slayer thinks he slays, / Or if the slain think he is slain, / They know not well the subtle ways / I keep, and pass, and turn again.
In Ways Quotes
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
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
When a man is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something; he has been put on his wits... he has gained facts, learned his ignorance, is cured of the insanity of conceit, has got moderation and real skill.
In Moderation Quotes
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