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American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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Eyes are bold as lions,--roving, running, leaping, here and there, far and near. They speak all languages. They wait for no introduction; they are no Englishmen; ask no leave of age or rank; they respect neither property nor riches, neither learning nor power, nor virtue, nor sex, but intrude, and come again, and go through and through you in a moment of time. What inundation of life and thought is discharged from one soul into another through them!
      - Conduct of Life--Behavior [Eyes]

Shall we judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely.
      - Conduct of Life--Considerations by the Way

The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.
      - Conduct of Life--Fate [Thought]

The man in the street does not know a star in the sky.
      - Conduct of Life--Worship [Public]

A day for toil, an hour for sport,
  But for a friend is life too short.
      - Considerations by the Way [Friends]

The solid, solid universe
  Is pervious to Love;
    With bandaged eyes he never errs,
      Around, below, above,
        His blinding light
          He flingeth white
            On God's and Satan's brood,
              And reconciles
                By mystic wiles
                  The evil and the good.
      - Cupido [Love]

Daughter of Time, the hypocrite Days,
  Muffled and dumb like barefoot dervishes,
    And marching single in an endless file,
      Bring diadems and fagots in their hands;
        To each they offer gifts after his will,
          Bread, kingdom, stars, and sky that holds them all;
            I, in my pleached garden watched the pomp
              Forgot my morning wishes, hastily
                Took a few herbs and apples, and the Day
                  Turned and departed silent. I too late
                    Under her solemn fillet saw the scorn.
      - Days [Day]

The silent organ loudest chants
  The master's requiem.
      - Dirge [Music]

The greatest man in history was the poorest.
      - Domestic Life [Poverty]

Nor knowest thou what argument
  Thy like to thy neighbor's creed has lent,
    All are needed by each one;
      Nothing is fair or good alone.
      - Each and All [Influence]

Success in your work, the finding a better method, the better understanding that insures the better performing is hat and coat, is food and wine, is fire and horse and health and holiday. At least, I find that any success in my work has the effect on my spirits of all these.
      - Emerson's Journal, October 25, 1867

Take egotism out, and you would castrate the benefactors. Luther, Mirabeau, Napoleon, John Adams, Andrew Jackson.
      - Emerson's Journal, June, 1863
        [Egotism : Motive]

The blazing evidence of immortality is our dissatisfaction with any other solution.
      - Emerson's Journal (July, 1855)

Poetry must be as new as foam, and as old as the rock.
      - Emerson's Journal (March, 1845) [Poetry]

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
      - Emerson's Journals (May 25, 1843)
        [Nature : Sky]

London is the epitome of our times, and the Rome of to-day.
      - English Traits--Result [London]

There is always safety in valor.
      - English Traits--The Times [Valor]

A great mind is a good sailor, as a great heart is.
      - English Traits--Voyage to England (ch. II)

The house is a castle which the King cannot enter.
      - English Traits--Wealth [Home]

Let us leave hurry to slaves.
      - Essay on Manners [Time]

Speech is better than silence; silence is better than speech.
      - Essay on Nominalist and Realist [Speech]

He only is a well-made man who has a good determination.
      - Essay--Culture [Decision]

Self-trust is the essence of heroism.
      - Essay--Heroism [Heroes]

God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose.
      - Essay--Intellect [Choice]

No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.
      - Essay--On Character [Character]

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