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 :: 1803-1882, American Poet, Essayist

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'Tis a rule of manners to avoid exaggeration.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Exaggeration]

 

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'Tis a superstition to insist on a special diet. All is made at last of the same chemical atoms.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Diets and Dieting]

 

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'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem to be confidences or sides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profound thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Books and Reading]

 

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'Tis the old secret of the gods that they come in low disguises.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [God]

 

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'Tis very certain that each man carries in his eye the exact indication of his rank in the immense scale of men, and we are always learning to read it. A complete man should need no auxiliaries to his personal presence.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Appearance]

 

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A beautiful form is better than a beautiful face; it gives a higher pleasure than statues or pictures; it is the finest of the fine arts.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Beauty]

 

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A character is like an acrostic or Alexandrian stanza; read it forward, backward, or across, it still spells the same thing.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Character]

 

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A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Cynics and Cynicism]

 

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A day for toil, an hour for sport, but for a friend is life too short.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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A few strong instincts and a few plain rules suffice us.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Instinct]

 

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A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Consistency]

 

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A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Friends and Friendship]

 

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A good indignation brings out all one's powers.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Power]

 

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A great man stands on God. A small man on a great man.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Greatness]

 

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A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Courage]

 

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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Heroes and Heroism]

 

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A low self-love in the parent desires that his child should repeat his character and fortune.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Self-love]

 

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A man finds room in the few square inches of the face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history, and his wants.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Faces]

 

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A man is a god in ruins.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson - [Adversity]

 

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