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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Every burned book enlightens the world.

Every experiment by multitudes or by individuals that has a sensual and selfish aim will fail.

People with great gifts are easy to find but symmetrical and balanced ones never.

Why need I volumes if one word suffice?

Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.

God screens us evermore from premature ideas.

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants and to serve them one's self?

Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others.

Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.

With the past I have nothing to do, nor with the future. I live now.

All mankind love a lover.

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

For everything you have missed you have gained something else and for everything you gain you lose something else.

O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book either without the other is naught.

We do not yet possess ourselves and we know at the same time that we are much more.

Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.

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

The method of nature: who could ever analyze it?

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