Ralph Waldo Emerson (Writer)

#4416 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Place yourself in the middle of the stream ofandwhich animates all whom it floats, and you are without effort impelled to , to right and a perfect contentment. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about men
#4417 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only thegeneralizations . .

Ralph Waldo Emerson
#4418 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sublime is excited in me by the doctrine, Obey thyself. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about self
#4419 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The man who renounces himself, comes to himself. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about self
#4420 Ralph Waldo Emerson

None believeth in theof man, but only in some man or person old and departed. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about art
#4421 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity. The inventor did it because it was natural to him, and so in him it has a charm. In the imitator something else is natural, and he bereaves himself of his own beauty, to come short of another man's. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about hope
#4422 Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who is inisand is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about love
#4423 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which animates all whom it floats, and you are without effort impelled to truth, to right and a perfect contentment. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about truth
#4424 Ralph Waldo Emerson

I fancy I need more than another to speak (rather than write), with such a formidable tendency to the lapidary style. I build my house of boulders. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about need
#4425 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Yet a man may love a paradox, without losing either his wit or his honesty. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about love
#4426 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Literature is the effort of man to indemnify himself for the wrongs of his condition. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about self
#4427 Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is always a certain meanness in the argument of conservatism, joined with a certain superiority in its fact. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about men
#4428 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The two parties which divide the State, the party of Conservatism and that of Innovation are very old, and have disputed the possession of the world ever since it was made ... Now one, now the other gets the day, and still the fight renews itself as if for the first time, under new names and hot personalities ... Innovation is the salient energy; Conservatism the pause on the last movement. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about time
#4429 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-reliance, the height and perfection of man, is reliance on God. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about man
#4431 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The thing done avails, and not what is said about it. An original sentence, a step forward, is worth more than all the censures. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about war
#4432 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Classics which at home are drowsily read have a strange charm in a country inn, or in the transom of a merchant brig. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about strange
#4433 Ralph Waldo Emerson

I find the Englishman to be him of all men who stands firmest in his shoes. They have in themselves what they value in their horses, — mettle and bottom. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about men
#4434 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Solvency is maintained by means of a national debt, on the principle, "If you will not lend me the money, how can I pay you?" .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about money
#4435 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing can be preserved that is not good. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about good
#4436 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never read any book that is not a year old. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about book
#4437 Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the colleges were better, if they ... had the power of imparting valuable thought, creative principles, truths which become powers, thoughts which become talents, — if they could cause that a mind not profound should become profound, — we should all rush to their gates: instead of contriving inducements to draw students, you would need to set police at the gates to keep order in the in-rushing multitude. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about truth
#4438 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only the great generalizations survive. The sharp words of the Declaration of Independence, lampooned then and since as 'glittering generalities,' have turned out blazing ubiquities that will burn forever and ever. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about words
#4439 Ralph Waldo Emerson

A mollusk is a cheap edition [of man] with a suppression of the costlier illustrations, designed for dingy circulation, for shelving in an oyster-bank or among the seaweed. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about man
#4440 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Poetry teaches the enormous force of a few words, and, in proportion to the inspiration, checks loquacity. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about inspiration
#4441 Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are two classes of poets — the poets by education and practice, these we respect; and poets by nature, these we love. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about love
#4442 Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have yet to be discovered. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about virtue
#4443 Ralph Waldo Emerson

I hung my verse in the wind Time and tide their faults will find. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about will
#4444 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunshine cannot bleach the snow, Nor time unmake what poets know. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about time
#4445 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The bitterest tragic element in life to be derived from an intellectual source is the belief in a brute Fate or Destiny. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about life
#4446 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Characters and talents are complemental and suppletory. The world stands by balanced antagonisms. The more the peculiarities are pressed the better the result. The air would rot without lightning; and without the violence of direction that men have, without bigots, without men of fixed idea, no excitement, no efficiency.The novelist should not make any character act absurdly, but only absurdly as seen by others. For it is so in life. Nonsense will not keep its unreason if you come into the humorist's point of view, but unhappily we find it is fast becoming sense, and we must flee again into the distance if we would laugh. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about humor
#4447 Ralph Waldo Emerson

What strength belongs to every plant and animal in nature. The tree or the brook has no duplicity, no pretentiousness, no show. It is, with all its might and main, what it is, and makes one and the same impression and effect at all times. All the thoughts of a turtle are turtles, and of a rabbit, rabbits. But a man is broken and dissipated by the giddiness of his will ; he does not throw himself into his judgments; his genius leads him one way but 't is likely his trade or politics in quite another. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about politics
#4448 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man is a new method. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about man
#4449 Ralph Waldo Emerson

A mind does not receive truth as a chest receives jewels that are put into it, but as the stomach takes up food into the system. It is no longer food, but flesh, and is assimilated. The appetite and the power of digestion measure our right to knowledge. He has it who can use it. As soon as our accumulation overruns our invention or power to use, the evils of intellectual gluttony begin,— congestion of the brain, apoplexy and strangulation. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about truth
#4450 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man I meet is in some way my superior; and in that I can learn of him. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about man
#4451 Ralph Waldo Emerson

You must read . But you must hold him at arm's length and say, 'Plato, you have delighted and edified mankind for two thousand years. What have you to say to me?' .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about light
#4452 Ralph Waldo Emerson

I read your piece on Plato. Holmes, when you strike at a king, you must kill him. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about you
#4453 Ralph Waldo Emerson

I regard it as the irresistible effect of the Copernican astronomy to have made the theological scheme of redemption absolutely incredible .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about logic
#4454 Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is there in 'Paradise Lost' to elevate and astonish like Herschel or Somerville? .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about lost
#4455 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The horseman serves the horse, The neatherd serves the neat, The merchant serves the purse, The eater serves his meat; 'T is the day of the chattel, Web to weave, and corn to grind; Things are in the saddle, And ride mankind. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about sad
#4456 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Money often costs too much. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about money
#4458 Ralph Waldo Emerson

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about world
#4459 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leave this hypocritical prating about the masses. Masses are rude, lame, unmade, pernicious in their demands and influence, and need not to be flattered, but to be schooled. I wish not to concede anything to them, but to tame, drill, divide, and break them up, and draw individuals out of them. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about man
#4460 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about solitude
#4461 Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wish to write such rhymes as shall not suggest a restraint, but contrariwise the wildest freedom. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about freedom
#4462 Ralph Waldo Emerson

To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about mind
#4463 Ralph Waldo Emerson

When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about art
#4464 Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Religion that is afraid of science dishonours God and commits suicide. It acknowledges that it is not equal to the whole of truth, that it legislates, tyrannizes over a village of God's empires but is not the immutable universal law. Every influx of atheism, of skepticism is thus made useful as a mercury pill assaulting and removing a diseased religion and making way for truth. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about truth
#4465 Ralph Waldo Emerson

A sect or party is an elegant incognito devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about art
#4466 Ralph Waldo Emerson

Four snakes gliding up and down a hollow for no purpose that I could see — not to eat, not for love, but only gliding. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about love
#4467 Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are always getting ready to live, but never living. .

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes about living

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