Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes - Page 2

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Character - a reserved force which acts directly by presence, and without means.
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In Presence Quotes
Sooner or later that which is now life shall be poetry, and every fair and manly trait shall add a richer strain to the song.''.
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In Trait Quotes
All persons are puzzles until at last we find in some word or act the key to the man, to the woman; straightway all their past words and actions lie in light before us.
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In Act Quotes
Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can offer with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation, but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession.
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In Uniqueness Quotes
As we are, so we do; and as we do, so is it done to us; we are the builders of our fortunes.
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In Courtesy Quotes
Vivacity, leadership, must be had, and we are not allowed to be nice in choosing. We must fetch the pump with dirty water, if clean cannot be had.
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In Management Quotes
Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.
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In Uniqueness Quotes
Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist.
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In Uniqueness Quotes
No one is too big to be courteous, but some are too little.
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In Courtesy Quotes
It is altogether reasonable to conclude that the heavenly bodies, alias worlds, which move or are situate within the circle of our knowledge, as well all others throughout immensity, are each and every one of them possessed or inhabited by some intelligent agents or other, however different their sensations or manners of receiving or communicating their ideas may be from ours, or however different from each other. For why would it not have been as wise or as consistent with the perfections which we adore in God, to have neglected giving being to intelligence in this world as in those other worlds, interspersed with another of various qualities in his immense creation? And inasmuch as this world is thus replenished, we may, with the highest rational certainty infer, that as God has given us to rejoice, and adore him for our being, he has acted consistent with his goodness, in the display of his providence throughout the university of worlds.
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In Manners Quotes
I am the doubter and the doubt, / And I the hymn the Brahmin sings.
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In Hymn Quotes
Art is a jealous mistress, and, if a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture, or philosophy, he makes a bad husband, and an ill provider, and should be wise in season, and not fetter himself with duties which will embitter his day
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In Husband Quotes
We are the children of many sires, and every drop of blood in us in its turn ... betrays its ancestor.
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In Genealogy Quotes
We sometimes see a change of expression in our companion, and say, his father or his mother comes to the windows of his eyes, and sometimes a remote relative. In different hours, a man represents each of several of his ancestors, as if there were seven or eight of us rolled up in each man's skin,--seven or eight ancestors at least,--and they constitute the variety of notes for that new piece of music which his life is.
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In Ancestry Quotes
Every spirit makes its house, and we can give a shrewd guess from the house to the inhabitant.
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In House Quotes
There is more difference in the quality of our pleasures than in the amount.
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In Difference Quotes
Women should not be expected to write, or fight, or build, or compose scores; she does all by inspiring men to do all.
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In Fight Quotes
The hero is not fed on sweets, Daily his own heart he eats; Chambers of the great are jails, And head-winds right for royal sails. Held we fall to rise, are baffled to fight better, sleep to wake.
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In Fight Quotes
It makes a great difference to the force of any sentence whether there be a man behind it or no.
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In Difference Quotes
Difference of opinion is the one crime which kings never forgive.
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In Difference Quotes
There is always a certain meanness in the argument of conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact.
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In Argument Quotes

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