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RALPH WALDO EMERSON
American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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Never read any book that is not a year old.
      - [Books]

Next to the originator of a good man's sentence is the first quoter of it.
      - [Epigrams]

No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit.
      - [Wit]

No facts are to me sacred; none are profane. I simply experiment, an endless seeker, with no past at my back.
      - [Facts]

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
      - [Opportunity]

No hope so bright but is the beginning of its own fulfilment.
      - [Hope]

No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature.
      - [Law]

No love can be bound by oath or covenant to secure it against a higher love.
      - [Love]

No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.
      - [Prayer]

No man ever stated his griefs as lightly as he might. For it is only the finite that has wrought and suffered; the infinite lies stretched in smiling repose.
      - [Affliction]

No matter how you seem to fatten on a crime, that can never be good for the bee which is bad for the hive.
      - [Crime]

No nation has produced anything like his equal. There is no quality in the human mind, there is no class of topics, there is no region of thought, in which he has not soared or descended, and none in which he has not said the commanding word.
      - [Shakespeare]

No picture of life can have any veracity that does not admit the odious facts. A man's power is hooped in by a necessity, which, by many experiments, he touches on every side, until he learns its arc.
      - [Necessity]

No sensible person ever made an apology.
      - [Apologies]

Noblesse oblige; or, superior advantages bind you to larger generosity.
      - [Obligation]

Not a ray is dimmed, not an atom worn; nature's oldest force is as good as new.
      - [Nature]

Not he is great who can alter matter, but he who can alter my state of mind.
      - [Greatness]

Not in his goals but in his transitions is man great.
      - [Greatness]

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
      - [Astonishment]

Nothing is arbitrary, nothing is insulated in beauty. It depends forever on the necessary and the useful. The plumage of the bird, the mimic plumage of the insect, has a reason for its rich colors in the constitution of the animal. Fitness is so inseparable an accompaniment of beauty, that it, has been taken for it.
      - [Beauty]

Nothing is beneath you if it is in the direction of your life; nothing is great or desirable if it is off from that.
      - [Greatness]

Nothing is fair or good alone.
      - [Unity]

Nothing is great but the inexhaustible wealth of nature.
      - [Greatness]

Nothing is more deeply punished than the neglect of the affinities by which alone society should be formed, and the insane levity of choosing associates by others' eyes.
      - [Associates]

Nothing will supply the want of sunshine to peaches, and, to make knowledge valuable, you must have the cheerfulness of wisdom. Whenever you are sincerely pleased you are nourished. The joy of the spirit indicates its strength. All healthy, things are sweet-tempered. Genius works in sport, and goodness smiles to the last.
      - [Cheerfulness]


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