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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In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.

Peace cannot be achieved through violence it can only be attained through understanding.

We are always getting ready to live but never living.

It is the quality of the moment not the number of days or events or of actors that imports.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Do the thing we fear and death of fear is certain.

The search after the great men is the dream of youth and the most serious occupation of manhood.

A man in debt is so far a slave.

Good men must not obey the laws too well.

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