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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Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.

Doing well is the result of doing good. That's what capitalism is all about.

When we quarrel how we wish we had been blameless.

Friendship like the immortality of the soul is too good to be believed.

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

Science does not know its debt to imagination.

The first wealth is health.

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.

The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.

We are symbols and inhabit symbols.

Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.

Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know.

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.

What you are comes to you.

There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.

Beauty without expression is boring.

A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.

In every society some men are born to rule and some to advise.

Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated.

Make the most of yourself for that is all there is of you.

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