Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.

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A man is a method a progressive arrangement, a selecting principle gathering his like to him, wherever he goes.

Pictures must not be too picturesque.

Power and speed be hands and feet.

Men love to wonder and that is the seed of science.

It is not length of life but depth of life.

Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.

As a cure for worrying work is better than whiskey.

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.

In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

The highest revelation is that God is in every man.

We are rich only through what we give and poor only through what we refuse.

There is no chance and anarchy in the universe. All is system and gradation. Every god is there sitting in his sphere.

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.

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

People only see what they are prepared to see.

Happy is the hearing man, unhappy the speaking man.

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