Quotations From RALPH WALDO EMERSON


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  • If I cannot brag of knowing something, then I brag of not knowing it; at any rate, brag.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. journal entry, Oct.-Nov. 1866. Journals (1909-1914).
  • Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Self-Reliance," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).

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  • A moment is a concentrated eternity.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Quoted in Robert D. Richardson, Jr., Emerson: The Mind on Fire, ch. 41 (1995).
  • The years teach much which the days never know.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Experience," Essays, Second Series (1844).
  • The right eloquence needs no bell to call the people together, and no constable to keep them.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Eloquence," Society and Solitude (1870).

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  • I like to be beholden to the great metropolitan English speech, the sea which receives tributaries from every region under heaven.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Books," Society and Solitude (1870).

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  • Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Self-Reliance," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).
  • The remedy for all blunders, the cure of blindness, the cure of crime, is love.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Worship," The Conduct of Life (1860).

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  • Society is frivolous, and shreds its day into scraps, its conversation into ceremonies and escapes.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Character," Essays, Second Series (1844).
  • Every true man is a cause, a country, and an age; requires infinite spaces and numbers and time fully to accomplish his design;—and posterity seem to follow his steps as a train of clients.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Self-Reliance," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).

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