Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes (399 quotations)

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1. 'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem confidences or asides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profoundest thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

2. ...the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness, the independence of solitude. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. A beautiful form is better than a beautiful face; it gives a higher pleasure than statues or pictures; it is the finest of the fine arts. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

4. A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

5. A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

6. A fly is as untamable as a hyena. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

7. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

8. A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

9. A friend is one before whom I may think aloud. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

10. A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

11. A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

12. A good indignation brings out all one's powers. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

13. A good intention but fixed and resolute - bent on high and holy ends, we shall find means to them on every side and at every moment; and even obstacles and opposition will but make us "like the fabled specter-ships," which sail the fastest in the very teeth of the wind. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

14. A great man is always willing to be little. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

15. A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

16. A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

17. A man finds room in the few square inches of his face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

18. A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

19. A man is what he thinks about all day long. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

20. A man makes inferiors his superiors by heat; self-control is the rule. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

21. A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

22. A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

23. A man's library is a sort of harem. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

24. A man's what he thinks about all day long. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

25. Adhere to your own act, and congratulate yourself if you have done somethingstrange and extravagant, and broken the monotony of a decorous age. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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