Ralph Waldo Emerson 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.' As Uriel spoke with piercing eye, A shudder ran around the sky;
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. poet, essayist. Uriel (l. 21-26). . . Oxford Book of American Verse, The. F. O. Matthiessen, ed. (1950) Oxford University Press.
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Love shuns the sage, the child it crowns, And gives them all who all renounce.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Woodnotes II," Poems (1847).
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The customer is the immediate jewel of our souls. Him we flatter, him we feast, compliment, vote for, and will not contradict.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Address Delivered in Concord on the Anniversary of the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies, August 1, 1844," Miscellanies (1883, repr. 1903).
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Friendship should be surrounded with ceremonies and respects, and not crushed into corners. Friendship requires more time than poor busy men can usually command.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Behavior," The Conduct of Life (1860).
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Let me live onward; you shall find that, though slower, the progress of my character will liquidate all these debts without injustice to higher claims. If a man should dedicate himself to the payment of notes, would not this be an injustice? Does he owe no debt but money? And are all claims on him to be postponed to a landlord's or a banker's?
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Circles," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).
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Strange is this alien despotism of Sleep which takes two persons lying in each other's arms & separates them leagues, continents, asunder.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Concord and Discord (1835-1838)," quoted in Joel Porte, Emerson in His Journals (1982).
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We go to Europe to be Americanized.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Culture," The Conduct of Life (1860).
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Therefore all just persons are satisfied with their own praise. They refuse to explain themselves, and are content that new actions should do them that office. They believe that we communicate without speech, and above speech, and that no right action of ours is quite unaffecting to our friends, at whatever distance; for the influence of action is not to be measured by miles.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Experience," Essays, Second Series (1844).
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The pleasure of life is according to the man that lives it, and not according to the work or the place.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Fate," The Conduct of Life (1860).
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True Bramin, in the morning meadows wet, Expound the Vedas of the violet.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Gardener," May-Day and Other Pieces (1867).
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