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RALPH WALDO EMERSON
American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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True wit never made us laugh.
      - [Wit]

Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
      - [Instinct]

Truth gathers itself spotless and unhurt after all our surrenders and concealments and partisanship; never hurt by the treachery or ruin of its best defenders, whether Luther, or William Penn, or St. Paul.
      - [Truth]

Truth is always present; it only needs to lift the iron lids of the mind's eye to read its oracles.
      - [Truth]

Truth is beautiful within and without, forevermore.
      - [Truth]

Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
      - [Truth]

Truth is the summit of being.
      - [Truth]

Truth is too simple for us; we do not like those who unmask our illusions.
      - [Truth]

Unhappy is the man whom man can make unhappy.
      - [Unhappiness]

Universally, the better gold the worse man. The political economist defies us to show any gold mine country that is traversed by good roads, or a shore where pearls are found on which good schools are erected.
      - [Compensation]

Use makes a better soldier than the most urgent considerations of duty,--familiarity with danger enabling him to estimate the danger. He sees how much is the risk, and is not afflicted with imagination; knows practically Marshal Saxe's rule, that every soldier killed costs the enemy his weight in lead.
      - [War]

Use what language you will, you can never say anything to others but what you are.
      - [Language]

Vanity costs money, labor, horses, men, women, health and peace, and is still nothing at last,--a long way leading nowhere.
      - [Vanity]

Vigor is contagious; and whatever makes us either think or feel strongly adds to our power and enlarges our field of action.
      - [Enthusiasm]

Virtue alone is sweet society,
  It keeps the key to all heroic hearts,
    And opens you a welcome in them all.
      - [Virtue]

War disorganizes, but it is to reorganize.
      - [War]

War educates the senses, calls into action the will, perfects the physical constitution, brings men into such swift and close collision in critical moments that man measures man.
      - [War]

Was never secret history but birds tell it in the bowers.
      - [Birds]

We acquire the strength we have overcome.
      - [Strength]

We aim above the mark to hit the mark.
      - [Goals]

We all boil at different degrees.
      - [Anger]

We are always getting ready to live, but never living.
      - [Living]

We are disgusted by gossip; yet it is of importance to keep the angels in their proprieties.
      - [Gossip]

We are never without a pilot. When we know not how to steer, and dare not hoist a sail, we can drift. The current knows the way, though we do not. The ship of heaven guides itself, and will not accept a wooden rudder.
      - [Dependence]

We are not very much to blame for our bad marriages. We live amid hallucinations, and especial trap is laid to trip up our feet with, and all are tripped up first or last. But the mighty mother, who had been so sly with us, as if she felt she owed us some indemnity, insinuates into the Pandora box of marriage some deep and serious benefits, and some great joys.
      - [Matrimony]


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