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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It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
The reason why men do not obey us is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.
A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
The faith that stands on authority is not faith.
It is my desire in the office of a Christian minister to do nothing which I cannot do with my whole heart. Having said this I have said all.
Win as if you were used to it lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
There is a blessed necessity by which the interest of men is always driving them to the right, and again making all crime mean and ugly.
There is creative reading as well as creative writing.