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RALPH WALDO EMERSON
American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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Music is the poor man's Parnassus.
      - [Music]

My joy in friends, those sacred people, is my consolation.
      - [Friends]

Natural religion supplies still all the facts which are disguised under the dogma of popular creeds. The progress of religion is steadily to its identity with morals.
      - [Religion]

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. To a man laboring under calamity the heat of his own fire hath sadness in it. Then there is a kind of contempt of the landscape felt by him who has just lost by death a dear friend. The sky is less grand as it shuts down over less worth in the population.
      - [Sorrow : Sympathy]

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. It depends on the mood of the man, whether he shall see the sunset or the fine poem. There are always sunsets, and there is always genius; but only a few hours so serene that we can relish nature or criticism. The more or less depends on structure or temperament. Temperament is the iron wire on which the beads are strung. Of what use is fortune or talent to a cold and defective store?
      - [Appreciation]

Nature and literature are subjective phenomena; every evil and every good thing is a shadow which we cast.
      - [Nature]

Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other.
      - [Nature]

Nature cannot be surprised in undress. Beauty breaks in everywhere.
      - [Nature]

Nature ever faithful is
  To such as trust her faithfulness.
      - [Nature]

Nature forever puts a premium on reality. What is done for effect is seen to be done for effect; what is done for love is felt to be done for love.
      - [Nature]

Nature is a frugal mother, and never gives without measure. When she has work to do, she qualifies men for that and sends them equipped.
      - [Nature]

Nature is a tropical swamp in sunshine, on whose purlieus we hear the song of summer birds and see prismatic dewdrops; but her interiors are terrific,--full of hydras and crocodiles.
      - [Nature]

Nature is full of freaks, and now puts an old head on young shoulders, and then a young heart beating under fourscore winters.
      - [Age]

Nature is good, but intellect is better, as the law-giver is before the law-receiver.
      - [Intellect]

Nature is methodical and doeth her work well. Time is never to be hurried.
      - [Impatience]

Nature is no sentimentalist,--does not cosset or pamper us. We must see that the world is rough and surly, and will not mind drowning a man or a woman, but swallows your ships like a grain of dust. The cold, inconsiderate of persons, tingles your blood, benumbs your feet, freezes a man like an apple. The diseases, the elements, fortune, gravity, lightning, respect no persons.
      - [Nature]

Nature is no spendthrift, but takes the shortest way to her ends.
      - [Nature]

Nature is sanitive, refining, elevating. How cunningly she hides every wrinkle of her inconceivable antiquity under roses and violets and morning dew! Every inch of the mountains is scarred by unimaginable convulsions, yet the new day is purple with the bloom of youth and love.
      - [Nature]

Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the One breaks in everywhere.
      - [Nature]

Nature is upheld by antagonism. Passions, resistance, danger, are educators. We acquire the strength we have overcome.
      - [Opposition]

Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
      - [Character]

Nature tells every secret once.
      - [Nature]

Nature, through all her kingdoms, insures herself.
      - [Nature]

Necessity does everything well.
      - [Necessity]

Neither is life long enough for friendship. That is a serious and majestic affair.
      - [Friendship]


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