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RALPH WALDO EMERSON
American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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A beautiful form is better than a beautiful face; it gives a higher pleasure than statutes or pictures; it is the finest of the fine arts.
      - [Beauty]

A cheerful, intelligent face is the end of culture.
      - [Cheerfulness]

A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
      - [Life]

A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic.
      - [Children]

A creative economy is the fuel of magnificence.
      - [Economy]

A cultivated man, wise to know and bold to perform, is the end to which nature works, and the education of the will is the flowering and result of all this geology and astronomy.
      - [Education]

A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.
      - [Cynicism]

A friend might well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
      - [Friends]

A gentleman makes no noise; a lady is serene.
      - [Quiet : Repose]

A good indignation brings out all one's powers.
      - [Indignation]

A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
      - [Courage]

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
      - [Heroes]

A house kept to the end of prudence is laborious without joy; a house kept to the end of display is impossible to all but a few women, and their success is dearly bought.
      - [Domesticity]

A life in harmony with nature, the love of truth and virtue, will purge the eyes to understanding her text.
      - [Nature]

A little integrity is better than any career.
      - [Integrity]

A man conversing in earnest, if he watch his intellectual processes, will find that a material image, more or less luminous, arises in his mind, contemporaneous with every thought, which furnishes the vestment of the thought. Hence, good writing and brilliant discourse are perpetual allegories.
      - [Allegories]

A man finds room in a few square inches of his face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants.
      - [Face]

A man in debt is so far a slave.
      - [Debt]

A man in pursuit of greatness feels no little wants.
      - [Greatness]

A man is a god in ruins.
      - [Man]

A man is a little thing while he works by and for himself; but when he gives voice to the rules of love and justice, he is godlike.
      - [Justice]

A man is like a bit of Labrador spar, which has no lustre as you turn it in your hand, until you come to a particular angle; then it shows deep and beautiful colors. There is no adaptation or universal applicability in men, but each has his special talent, and the mastery of successful men consists in adroitly keeping themselves where and when that turn shall be oftenest to be practised.
      - [Specialty]

A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best.
      - [Work]

A man is what he thinks about all day long.
      - [Thought]

A man known to us only as a celebrity in politics or in trade, gains largely in our esteem if we discover that he has some intellectual taste or skill.
      - [Esteem]


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