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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

(1803-1882), American Poet, Essayist

As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker.

Category: Beauty

Beauty is the mark God sets on virtue. Every natural action is graceful; every heroic act is also decent, and causes the place and the bystanders to shine.

Category: Beauty

Beauty is the pilot of the young soul.

Category: Beauty

Beauty rests on necessities.

Category: Beauty

The line of beauty is the line of perfect economy.

Category: Beauty

We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes.

Category: Beauty

The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.

Category: Beginning

All the great ages have been ages of belief.

Category: Belief

Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.

Category: Belief

We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.

Category: Belief

The death of a dear friend, wife, brother, lover, which seemed nothing but privation, somewhat later assumes the aspect of a guide or genius; for it commonly operates revolutions in our way of life, terminates an epoch of infancy or of youth which was waiting to be closed, breaks up a wonted occupation, or a household, or style of living, and allows the formation of new ones more friendly to the growth of character.

Category: Bereavement

Religion is as effectually destroyed by bigotry as by indifference.

Category: Bigotry

Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.

Category: Biography

There is properly no history; only biography.

Category: Biography

Never read any book that is not a year old.

Category: Books And Reading