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American essayist and poet
(1803 - 1882)
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I hate the prostitution of the name of friendship to signify modish and worldly alliances.
      - Essays--Of Friendship [Friendship]

Love, which is the essence of God, is not for levity, but for the total worth of man.
      - Essays--Of Friendship [Love]

The condition which high friendship demands is ability to do without it.
      - Essays--Of Friendship [Friendship]

The only way to have a friend is to be one.
      - Essays--Of Friendship [Friends]

There can never be deep peace between two spirits, never mutual respect, until, in their dialogue, each stands for the whole world.
      - Essays--Of Friendship [Friendship]

The gift, to be true, must be the flowing of the giver unto me, correspondent to my flowing unto him.
      - Essays--Of Gifts [Gifts]

When I have attempted to join myself to others by services, it proved an intellectual trick,--no more. They eat your service like apples, and leave you out. But love them, and they feel you, and delight in you all the time.
      - Essays--Of Gifts [Service]

The Gothic cathedral is a blossoming in stone subdued by the insatiable demand of harmony in man. The mountain of granite blooms into an eternal flower, with the lightness and delicate finish, as well as the aerial proportions and perspective of vegetable beauty.
      - Essays--Of History [Architecture]

The true poem is the poet's mind.
      - Essays--Of History [Poetry]

The true ship is the ship builder.
      - Essays--Of History [Ships]

All mankind love a lover.
      - Essays--Of Love [Love]

For no man can write anything who does not think that he writes is, for the time, the history of the world.
      - Essays--Of Nature [Authorship]

Every thought which genius and piety throw into the world, alters the world.
      - Essays--Of Politics [Thought]

Poets should be law-givers; that is, the boldest lyric inspiration should not chide and insult, but should announce and lead the civil code, and the day's work.
      - Essays--Of Prudence [Poets]

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.
      - Essays--Of Self-Reliance [Peace]

There is no teaching until the pupil is brought into the same state or principle in which you are; a transfusion takes place; he is you, and you are he; there is a teaching; and by no unfriendly chance or bad company can he ever quite lose the benefit.
      - Essays--Of Spiritual Laws [Teaching]

Trust men, and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.
      - Essays--On Prudence [Trust]

He is great who is what he is from Nature, and who never reminds us of others.
      - Essays--Second Series--Uses of Great Men

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
      - Essays--Self-Reliance [Consistency]

With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. . . . Speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon balls, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said to-day.
      - Essays--Self-Reliance [Consistency]

For it is not metres, but a metre-making argument that makes a poem.
      - Essays--The Poet [Poetry]

It does not need that a poem should be long. Every word was once a poem.
      - Essays--The Poet [Poetry]

Language is fossil poetry.
      - Essays--The Poet [Language]

Olympian bards who sung
  Divine ideas below,
    Which always find us young
      And always keep us so.
      - Essays--The Poet [Singing : Youth]

Night hovers all day in the boughs of the fir tree.
      - Experience [Fir]

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