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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

(1803-1882), American Poet, Essayist

In America the geography is sublime, but the men are not; the inventions are excellent, but the inventors one is sometimes ashamed of.

Category: America

We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.

Category: America

The intellectual man requires a fine bait; the sots are easily amused. But everybody is drugged with his own frenzy, and the pageant marches at all hours, with music and banner and badge.

Category: Amusement

Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.

Category: Ancestry

The angels are so enamoured of the language that is spoken in heaven, that they will not distort their lips with the hissing and unmusical dialects of men, but speak their own, whether there be any who understand it or not.

Category: Angels

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

Category: Anger

We boil at different degrees.

Category: Anger

A man makes inferiors his superiors by heat; self-control is the rule.

Category: Anger

Who can guess how much industry and providence and affection we have caught from the pantomime of brutes?

Category: Animals

Some of your grief you have cured, and lived to survive; but what torments of pain have you endured that haven't as yet arrived.

Category: Anxiety

'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.

Category: Appearance

The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world is the highest applause.

Category: Applause

The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most.

Category: Army And Navy

The wonder is always new that any sane man can be a sailor.

Category: Army And Navy

Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.

Category: Arts And Artists