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RALPH WALDO EMERSON
American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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We are reformers in spring and summer; in autumn and winter we stand by the old; reformers in the morning, conservers at night. Reform is affirmative, conservatism, negative; conservatism goes for comfort, reform for truth.
      - [Conservatism]

We are thought by great actions that the universe is the property of every individual in it.
      - [Action]

We believe that the defects of so many perverse and so many frivolous people, who make up society, are organic, and society is a hospital of incurables.
      - [Defects]

We boast our emancipation from many superstitions; but if we have broken any idols, it is through a transfer of idolatry.
      - [Idols]

We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents.
      - [Self]

We can only obey our own polarity.
      - [Fate]

We can see well into the past; we can guess shrewdly in to the future; but that which is rolled up and muffled in impenetrable folds is today.
      - [Present]

We cannot describe the natural history of the soul, but we know that it is divine. All things are known to the soul. It is not to be surprised by any communication. Nothing can be greater than it, let those fear and those fawn who will. The soul is in her native realm; and it is wider than space, older than time, wide as hope, rich as love. Pusillanimity and fear she refuses with a beautiful scorn; they are not for her who putteth on her coronation robes, and goes out through universal love to universal power.
      - [Soul]

We cannot let our angels go; we do not see that they only go out that archangels may come in.
      - [Angels]

We cannot part with our friends. We cannot let our angels go. We do not see that they only go out that archangels may come in. We are idolators of the old. We do not believe in the richness of the soul, in its proper eternity and omnipresence.
      - [Parting]

We change, whether we like it or not.
      - [Change]

We do not believe, or we forget, that "the Holy Ghost came down, not in shape of a vulture, but in the form of a dove."
      - [Gentleness]

We do not live an equal life, but one of contrasts and patchwork; now a little joy, then a sorrow, now a sin, then a generous or brave action.
      - [Contrast]

We do not yet trust the unknown power of thoughts.
      - [Trust]

We do what we must, and call it by the best names.
      - [Necessity]

We fancy men are individuals; so are pumpkins; but every pumpkin in the field goes through every point of pumpkin history.
      - [Individuality]

We first share the life by which things exist, and afterwards see them as appearances in nature, and forget that we have shared their cause.
      - [Life]

We grizzle every day. I see no need of it. Whilst we converse with what is above us, we do not grow old, but grow young.
      - [Age]

We imperatively require a perception of and a homage to beauty in our companions. Other virtues are in request in the field and workyard, but a certain degree of taste is not to be spared in those we sit with.
      - [Taste]

We judge of man's wisdom by his hope.
      - [Wisdom]

We know who is benevolent by quite other means than the amount of subscription to soup societies. It is only low merits that can be enumerated.
      - [Benevolence]

We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.
      - [Geology]

We love flattery, even though we are not deceived by it, because it shows that we are of importance enough to be courted.
      - [Flattery]

We love force and we care very little how it is exhibited.
      - [Force]

We must be courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.
      - [Courtesy]


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