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RALPH WALDO EMERSON
American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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Go out of the house to see the moon, and 'tis mere tinsel: it will not please as when its light shines upon your necessary journey.
      - from his essay on nature [Moon : Nature]

God enters by a private door into every individual.
      - [God]

God knows that all sorts of gentlemen knock at the door; but whenever used in strictness and with any emphasis, the name will be found to point at original energy.
      - [Gentlemen]

Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it.
      - [Goodness]

Good men must not obey the laws too well.
      - [Law]

Good-nature is stronger than tomahawks.
      - [Good Humor]

Government has been a fossil: it should be a plant.
      - [Government]

Governments have their origin in the moral identity of men.
      - [Government]

Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.
      - [Genius]

Great men are more distinguished by range and extent than by originality.
      - [Greatness : Originality]

Great men are sincere.
      - [Greatness]

Great men do not content us. It is their solitude, not their force, that makes them conspicuous.
      - [Greatness]

Great men, great nations, have not been boasters and buffoons, but perceivers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to face it.
      - [Greatness]

Great thoughts ensure musical expression.
      - [Thought]

Greatness appeals to the future.
      - [Greatness]

Greek architecture is the flowering of geometry.
      - [Architecture]

Half a man's wisdom goes with his courage.
      - [Wisdom]

Happy is the house that shelters a friend.
      - [Friends]

Harmony of aim, not identity of conclusion, is the secret of sympathetic life.
      - [Harmony]

He builded better than he knew--
  The conscious stone to beauty grew.
      - [Growth]

He has not learned the first lesson of life who does not everyday surmount a fear.
      - [Fear]

He is a strong man who can hold down his opinion. A man cannot utter two or three sentences without disclosing to intelligent ears precisely where he stands in life and thought, namely, whether in the kingdom of the senses and the understanding, or in that of ideas and imagination, in the realm of intuitions and duty.
      - [Opinion]

He is the rich man who can avail himself of all men's faculties. He is the richest man who knows how to draw a benefit from the labors of the greatest number of men,--of men in distant countries and in past times.
      - [Riches]

He is the whole encyclop‘dia of facts. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn; and Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, America, lie folded already in the first man.
      - [Man]

He that loveth maketh his own the grandeur he loves.
      - [Love]


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