quotes of Ralph Waldo Emerson; 1315 quotes

"Nature never wears a mean appearance. When we speak of nature in this manner, we have a distinct but most poetical sense of mind."

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"The high prize of life, the crowning fortune of man, is to be born with a bias to some pursuit which finds him in employment and happiness."

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"a word of contempt often in his mouth."

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"If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground."

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"...truth is handsomer than the affectation of love. Your goodness must have some edge to it, --else it is none."

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"Hence arose the saying, "If I love you, what is that to you?" We say so, because we feel that what we love is not in your will, but above it. It is not you, but your radiance. It is that which you know not in yourself, and can never know."

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"Does not the eye of the human embryo predict the light!"

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"By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. In fact, it is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent."

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"Treat them greatly and they will show themselves great."

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"The wise man always throws himself on the side of his assailants. It is more his interest than it is theirs to find his weak point."

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