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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)
US essayist & poet [more author details]
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Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
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Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.
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Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds.
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People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
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Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
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That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.
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The adventitious beauty of poetry may be felt in the greater delight with a verse given in a happy quotation than in the poem.
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The ancestor of every action is a thought.
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The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
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The essence of all jokes, of all comedy, seems to be an honest or well intended halfness; a non performance of that which is pretended to be performed, at the same time that one is giving loud pledges of performance. The balking of the intellect, is comedy and it announces itself in the pleasant spasms we call laughter.
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The foolish man wonders at the unusual, but the wise man at the usual.
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The key to every man is his thought. Sturdy and defying though he look, he has a helm which he obeys, which is the idea after which all his facts are classified. He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.
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The life of man is the true romance, which when it is valiantly conduced, will yield the imagination a higher joy than any fiction.
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The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
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The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men around to his opinion twenty years later.
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The only gift is a portion of thyself.
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The only way to have a friend is to be one.
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The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
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The peril of every fine faculty is the delight of playing with it for pride. Talent is commonly developed at the expense of character, and the greater it grows, the more is the mischief. Talent is mistaken for genius, a dogma or system for truth, ambition for greatest, ingenuity for poetry, sensuality for art.
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