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RALPH WALDO EMERSON
American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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Coolness and absence of heat and haste indicate fine qualities.
      - [Calmness]

Courage is temperamental, scientific, ideal.
      - [Courage]

Courage of the soldier awakes the courage of woman.
      - [Courage]

Crime and punishment grow out of one stem. Punishment is a fruit that, unsuspected, ripens within the flower of the pleasure that concealed it.
      - [Punishment]

Criticism should not be querulous and wasting, all knife and rootpuller, but guiding, instructive, inspiring.
      - [Criticism]

Culture implies all which gives the mind possession of its own powers, as languages to the critic, telescope to the astronomer. Culture alters the political status of an individual. It raises a rival royalty in a monarchy. 'Tis king against king. It is ever a romance of history in all dynasties--the co-presence of the revolutionary force in intellect. It creates a personal independence which the monarch cannot look down, and to which he must often succumb.
      - [Culture]

Culture is one thing and varnish is another.
      - [Culture]

Culture, with us, ends in headache.
      - [Culture]

Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.
      - [Curiosity]

Curses always recoil on the head of him who imprecates them. If you put a chain around the neck of a slave, the other end fastens itself around your own.
      - [Compensation]

Daughters of Time, the hypocritic Days,
  Muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes,
    And marching single in an endless file.
      To each they offer gifts after his will,
        Bread, kingdoms, stars, and sky that holds them all.
      - [Time]

Debt, grinding debt, whose iron face the widow, the orphan, and the sons of genius fear and hate; debt, which consumes so much time, which so cripples and disheartens a great spirit with cares that seem so base, is a preceptor whose lessons cannot be foregone, and is needed most by those who suffer from it most.
      - [Debt]

Defect in manners is usually the defect of fine perceptions. Men are too coarsely made for the delicacy of beautiful carriage and customs. It is not quite sufficient to good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.
      - [Politeness]

Difficulties exist to be surmounted.
      - [Difficulties]

Discontent is the want of self-reliance: it is infirmity of will.
      - [Discontent]

Do not fear to put novels into the hands of young people as an occasional holiday experiment, but above all, good poetry in all kinds,--epic, tragedy, lyric. If we can touch the imagination, we serve them; they will never forget it.
      - [Novels]

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
      - [Traveling]

Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain.
      - [Fear]

Do what you are afraid to do.
      - [Risk]

Don't hang a dismal picture on the wall, and do not daub with sables and glooms in your conversation. Don't be a cynic and disconsolate preacher. Don't bewail and bemoan. Omit the negative propositions. Nerve us with incessant affirmatives. Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good. When that is spoken which has a right to be spoken, the chatter and the criticism will stop. Set down nothing that will not help somebody.
      - [Cynicism]

Duty grows everywhere--like children, like grass.
      - [Duty]

Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody, and to that person whatever he says has an enhanced value.
      - [Heroes]

Education should be as broad as man.
      - [Education]

Eloquence is the appropriate organ of the highest personal energy.
      - [Eloquence]

Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak.
      - [Eloquence]


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