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Things said by: Ralph Waldo Emerson

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5/13/2014 2:59:53 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.

The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.

Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.

People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.

Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force - that thoughts rule the world.

Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.

Every mind must make its choice between truth and repose. It cannot have both.

Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well.

Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you're saying.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy, that the world owes the world more than the world can pay.

The reward of a thing well done is having done it.

To be great is to be misunderstood.

Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.

Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

Genius always finds itself a century too early.

Every sentence spoken by Napoleon, and every line of his writing, deserves reading, as it is the sense of France.

The ancestor of every action is a thought.

The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity, but in being uninteresting.

Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are.

Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine, a possession for all time.

The highest revelation is that God is in every man. Deputy Vote Moderator
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