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RALPH WALDO EMERSON
American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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Man is a piece of the universe made alive.
      - [Man]

Man is physically as well as metaphysically a thing of shreds and patches, borrowed unequally from good and bad ancestors, and a misfit from the start.
      - [Ancestry]

Man is the will, and woman the sentiment. In this ship of humanity, Will is the rudder, and Sentiment the sail; when woman affects to steer, the rudder is only a masked sail.
      - [Humanity]

Man was born to be rich, or inevitably grows rich by the use of his faculties, by the union of thought with nature. Property is an intellectual production. The game requires coolness, right reasoning, promptness and patience in the players. Cultivated labor drives out brute labor.
      - [Riches]

Mankind divides itself into two classes,--benefactors and malefactors. The second class is vast; the first a handful.
      - [Man]

Manners are the happy ways of doing things; each one a stroke of genius or of love, now repeated and hardened into usage, they form at last a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned. If they are superficial, so are the dew-drops which give such a depth to the morning meadows.
      - [Manners]

Manners have been somewhat cynically defined to be a contrivance of wise men to keep fools at a distance. Fashion is shrewd to detect those who do not belong to her train, and seldom wastes her attentions. Society is very swift in its instincts, and if you do not belong to it, resists and sneers at you, or quietly drops you.
      - [Fashion]

Manners make the fortune of the ambitious youth.
      - [Manners]

Manners require time, as nothing is more vulgar than haste.
      - [Manners]

Meek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon have given; forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries when they wrote these books.
      - [Authority]

Men achieve a certain greatness unawares, when working to another aim.
      - [Cooperation]

Men are like Geneva watches with crystal faces, which expose the whole movement.
      - [Appearance]

Men are what their mothers made them. You may as well ask a loom which weaves huckabuck why it does not make cashmere as to expect poetry from this engineer or a chemical discovery from that jobber.
      - [Destiny]

Men cease to interest us when we find their limitations.
      - [Men]

Men in all ways are better than they seem.
      - [Appearance]

Men lose their tempers in defending their taste.
      - [Temper]

Men of God have always, from time to time, walked among men, and made their commission felt in the heart and soul of the commonest hearer.
      - [Preaching]

Men such as they are, very naturally seek money or power; and power because it is as good as money.
      - [Money : Power]

Men who know the same things are not long the best company for each other.
      - [Similarity]

Men wish to be saved from the mischiefs of their vices, but not from their vices.
      - [Vice]

Moller, in his Essay on Architecture, taught that the building which was fitted accurately to answer its end would turn out to be beautiful, though beauty had not been intended. I find the like unity in human structures rather virulent and pervasive.
      - [Architecture]

Money often costs too much, and power and pleasure are not cheap.
      - [Money]

Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.
      - [Money]

Morality is the object of government.
      - [Morality]

Most natures are insolvent; cannot satisfy their own wants, have an ambition out of all proportion to their practical force, and so do lean and beg day and night continually.
      - [Ambition]


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