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RALPH WALDO EMERSON
American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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Whoever fights, whoever falls,
  Justice conquers evermore.
      - Voluntaries [Justice]

So nigh is grandeur to our dust,
  So near is God to man.
    When Duty whispers low, Thou must,
      The youth replies, I can.
      - Voluntaries (st. 3, l. 13) [Duty]

Give no bounties: make equal laws: secure life and prosperity and you need not give alms.
      - Wealth [Wealth]

Want is a growing giant whom the coat of Have was never large enough to cover.
      - Wealth [Wealth]

As sunbeams stream through liberal space
  And nothing jostle or displace,
    So waved the pine-tree through my thought
      And fanned the dreams it never brought.
      - Woodnotes (II) [Pine]

The greatest meliorator of the world is selfish, huckstering trade.
      - Work and Days [Business]

If a man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, tho it be in the woods. And if a man knows the law, people will find it out, tho he live in a pine shanty, and resort to him. And if a man can pipe or sing, so as to wrap the prisoned soul in an elysium; or can paint landscape, and convey into oils and ochers all the enchantments of spring or autumn; or can liberate or intoxicate all people who hear him with delicious songs and verses, 'tis certain that the secret can not be kept: the first witness tells it to a second, and men go by fives and tens and fifties to his door.
      - Works (vol. VIII),
        in his "Journal" (1855) p, 528 (ed. 1912)
        [Success]

Men love to wonder and that is the seed of our science.
      - Works and Days [Wonder]

The day are ever divine as to the first Aryans. They are of the least pretension, and of the greatest capacity of anything that exists. They come and go like muffled and veiled figures sent from a distant friendly party; but they say nothing, and if we do not use the gifts they bring, they carry them as silently away.
      - Works and Days [Day]

By fate, not option, frugal Nature gave
  One scent to hyson and to wall-flower
    One sound to pine-groves and to water-falls,
      One aspect to the desert and the lake.
        It was her stern necessity: all things
          Are of one pattern made; bird, beast, and flower,
            Song, picture, form, space, thought, and character
              Deceive us, seeming to be many things,
                And are but one.
      - Xenophones [Nature]


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