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RALPH WALDO EMERSON
American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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One thing is forever good;
  That one thing is Success.
      - Fate [Success]

For what are they all in their high conceit,
  When man in the bush with God may meet?
      - Good-Bye (st. 4) [Conceit]

Good-bye, proud world! I'm going home;
  Thou art not my friend; I am not thine.
      - Good-bye, Proud World! [World]

By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
  Their flag to April's breeze unfurl'd;
    Here once the embattl'd farmers stood,
      And fired the shot heard round the world.
      - Hymn,
        sung at the completion of the Concord Monument
        [War]

Born for success, he seemed
  With grace to win, with heart to hold,
    With shining gifts that took all eyes.
      - In Memoriam (l. 60) [Success]

Cupid is a casuist, a mystic, and a cabalist,--
  Can your lurking thought surprise,
    And interpret your device,
      . . . .
        All things wait for and divine him,--
          How shall I dare to malign him?
      - Initial Doemonic and Celestial Love
         (pt. I) [Gods]

Venus, when her son was lost,
  Cried him up and down the coast,
    In hamlets, palaces, and parks,
      And told the truant by his marks,--
        Golden curls, and quiver, and bow.
      - Initial, Demoniac and Celestial Love
         (st. 1) [Love]

I do not find that the age or country makes the least difference; no, nor the language the actors spoke, nor the religion which they professed, whether Arab in the desert or Frenchman in the Academy, I see that sensible men and conscientious men all over the world were of one religion.
      - Lectures and Biographical Sketches--The Preacher
         (p. 215) [Religion]

Every day brings a ship,
  Every ship brings a word;
    Well for those who have no fear,
      Looking seaward well assured
        That the word the vessel brings
          Is the word they wish to hear.
      - Letters [Post]

Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
      - Letters and Social Aims [Manners]

There is no true orator who is not a hero.
      - Letters and Social Aims--Eloquence
        [Oratory]

Extremes meet, and there is no better example than the haughtiness of humility.
      - Letters and Social Aims--Greatness
        [Extremes]

His heart was as great as the world, but there was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong.
      - Letters and Social Aims--Greatness
        [Forgiveness]

The shoemaker makes a good shoe because he makes nothing else.
      - Letters and Social Aims--Greatness
        [Shoemaking]

When the Master of the universe has points to carry in his government he impresses his will in the structure of minds.
      - Letters and Social Aims--Immortality [God]

There are many virtues in books, but the essential value is the adding of knowledge to our stock by the record of new facts, and, better, by the record of intuitions which distribute facts, and are the formulas which supersede all histories.
      - Letters and Social Aims--Persian Poetry
        [Books]

Sooner or later that which is now life shall be poetry, and every fair and manly trait shall add a richer strain to the song.
      - Letters and Social Aims--Poetry and Imagination
        [Life]

When life is true to the poles of nature, the streams of truth will roll through us in song.
      - Letters and Social Aims--Poetry and Imagination
        [Life]

Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.
      - Letters and Social Aims--Progress of Culture
        [Thought]

A great man quotes bravely, and will not draw on his invention when his memory serves him with a word as good.
      - Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality
        [Quotations]

By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we quote. We quote not only books and proverbs, but arts, sciences, religion, customs, and laws; nay, we quote temples and houses, tables and chairs by imitation.
      - Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality
        [Quotations]

In every man's memory, with the hours when life culminated are usually associated certain books which met his views.
      - Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality
        [Books]

Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.
      - Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality
        [Language]

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.
      - Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality
        [Quotations]

Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor.
      - Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality
        [Invention]


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