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RALPH WALDO EMERSON
American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.
      - [Speech]

Spoons and skimmers you can be undistinguishably together; but vases and statues require each a pedestal for itself.
      - [Equality]

Spring is strong and virtuous,
  Broad-sowing, cheerful, plenteous,
    Quickening underneath the mould
      Grains beyond the price of gold.
        So deep and large her bounties are,
          That one broad, long midsummer day
            Shall to the planet overpay
              The ravage of a year of war.
      - [Spring]

Spurious prudence, making the senses final, is the god of sots and cowards, and is the subject of all comedy. It is nature's joke, and therefore literature's. True prudence limits this sensualism by admitting the knowledge of an internal and real world.
      - [Prudence]

Steam is no stronger now than it was a hundred years ago but it is put to better use.
      - [Steam]

Strongly stamped, medallion-like sayings.
      - [Maxims]

Style is only the frame to hold your thoughts. It is like the sash of a window; if heavy, it will obscure the light.
      - [Style]

Such another peerless queen only could her mirror show.
      - [Beauty]

Such is the active power of good temperament! Great sweetness of temper neutralizes such vast amounts of acid.
      - [Temperament]

'T is the good reader that makes the good book: a good head cannot read amiss.
      - [Reading]

Talent for talents' sake is a bauble and a show. Talent working with joy in the cause of universal truth lifts the possessor to new power as a benefactor.
      - [Talent]

Teach me your mood, O patient stars! who climb each night the ancient sky.
      - [Stars]

Teach the children! It is painting in fresco.
      - [Education]

That is ever the difference between the wise and the unwise: the latter wonders at what is unusual; the wise man wonders at the usual.
      - [Wonder]

That man is idle who can do something better.
      - [Idleness]

That which befits us, embosomed in beauty and wonder as we are, is cheerfulness, and courage, and the endeavor to realize our aspirations. Shall not the heart which has received so much trust the power by which it lives?
      - [Trust]

That which we do not call education is more precious than that which we call so.
      - [Education]

That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased.
      - [Persistence]

The accepted and betrothed lover has lost the wildest charms of his maiden in her acceptance of him. She was heaven whilst he pursued her as a star,--she cannot be heaven if she stoops to such a one as he.
      - [Love]

The action of the soul is oftener in that which is felt and left unsaid than in that which is said in any conversation. It broods over every society, and men unconsciously seek for it in each other.
      - [Soul]

The Americans have no faith, they rely on the power of a dollar; they are deaf to sentiment.
      - [Faith]

The ancestor of every action is a thought.
      - [Thought]

The aristocrat is the democrat ripe and gone to seed.
      - [Aristocracy]

The basis of good manners is self-reliance.
      - [Self-reliance]

The beautiful is never plentiful.
      - [Beauty]


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