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RALPH WALDO EMERSON
American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist.
      - [Conformity]

A man often pays dear for a small frugality.
      - [Frugality]

A man's action is only a poicture book of his creed.
      - [Action]

A man's power is hooped in by a necessity, which, by many experiments, he touches on every side until he learns its arc.
      - [Fate]

A nation never falls but by suicide.
      - [Nation]

A strenuous soul hates cheap success. It is the ardor of the assailant that makes the vigor of the defendant.
      - [Opposition]

A sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.
      - [Civilization]

A trip-hammer, with Aeolian attachment.
      - of Carlyle, after meeting him [Character]

A vivid thought brings the power to paint it; and in proportion to the depth of its source is the force of its projection.
      - [Thought]

Accept the place the Divine Providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events.
      - [Station]

Accuracy is essential to beauty.
      - [Beauty]

Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.
      - [Nature]

Age, like woman, requires fit surroundings.
      - [Old Age]

Ah, if the rich were rich as the poor fancy riches!
      - [Riches]

All conservatives are such from personal defects. They have been effeminated by position or nature, born halt and blind, through luxury of their parents, and can only, like invalids, act on the defensive.
      - [Conservatives]

All good conversation, manners, and action come from a spontaneity which forgets usages and makes the moment great.
      - [Manners]

All great men come out of the middle classes.
      - [Greatness]

All great men find eternity affirmed in the very promise of their faculties.
      - [Eternity]

All history is the decline of war, though the slow decline. All that society has yet gained is mitigation; the doctrine of the right of war still remains.
      - [War]

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.
      - [Belief]

All life is an experiment.
      - [Life]

All men are in some degree impressed by the face of the world; some men even to delight. This love of beauty is taste. Others have the same love in such excess that, not content with admiring, they seek to embody it in new forms. The creation of beauty is art.
      - [Art]

All men in the abstract are just and good.
      - [Goodness]

All minds quote. Old and new make the warp and woof of every moment. There is no thread that is not a twist of these two strands. * * * We quote not only books and proverbs, but art, sciences, religion, customs, and laws; nay, we quote temples and houses, tables and chairs, by imitation. * * *
      - [Quotations]

All nobility in its beginnings was somebody's natural superiority.
      - [Nobility]


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