Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Born Wednesday 25 May 1803, died Thursday 27 April 1882

Professions: Critic, Lecturer, Poet

Nationality: American

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In every society some men are born to rule, and some to advise.

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The faith that stands on authority is not faith.

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If the tongue had not been framed for articulation, man would still be a beast in the forest.

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I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.

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The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.

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Every spirit makes its house, and we can give a shrewd guess from the house to the inhabitant.

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We do not yet possess ourselves, and we know at the same time that we are much more.

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Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural.

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Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.

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O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.

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Every sentence spoken by Napoleon, and every line of his writing, deserves reading, as it is the sense of France.

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The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike.

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People disparage knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing. I am content with knowing, if only I could know.

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Why need I volumes, if one word suffice?

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We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.

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Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes.

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We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state.

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We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.

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There is more difference in the quality of our pleasures than in the amount.

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There is an optical illusion about every person we meet.

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