quotes of Ralph Waldo Emerson; 1315 quotes

"A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness."

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"Society is a hospital of incurables."

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"Some natures are too good to be spoiled by praise."

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"Art is a jealous mistress."

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"Nature... She pardons no mistakes. Her yea is yea, and her nay, nay."

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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 only sin that we never forgive in each other is a difference in opinion."

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"If the red slayer thinks he slays, / Or if the slain think he is slain, / They know not well the subtle ways / I keep, and pass, and turn again."

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"Wherever there is power there is age."

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"Artists must be sacrificed to their art."

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