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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Mysticism is the mistake of an accidental and individual symbol for an universal one.

We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice hesitation and following are our diseases.

This time like all times is a very good one if we but know what to do with it.

What we seek we shall find, what we flee from flees from us.

All diseases run into one old age.

Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.

People that seem so glorious are all show, underneath they are like everyone else.

To be great is to be misunderstood.

Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody before it was actually verified.

Every spirit makes its house and we can give a shrewd guess from the house to the inhabitant.

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.

Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.

We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.

Every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.

Reality is a sliding door.

As long as a man stands in his own way everything seems to be in his way.

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