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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,
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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