Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

American author, poet
25 May 1803 — 27 April 1882

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No man thoroughly understands a truth until he has contended against it.

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I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

Blame is safer than praise.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared what lies within us.

Knowledge comes by eyes always open and working hands; and there is no knowledge that is not power.

God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please - you can never have both.

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A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.

Good thoughts are no better than good dreams, unless they be executed.

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.

If we live truly, we shall see truly.

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

Everything in the universe goes by indirection. There are no straight lines.

Traveling is a fool`s paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.


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