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  Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  It is the wounded oyster that mends its shell with pearl.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The only way to have a friend is to be one.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  I like the silent church before the service begins better than any preaching.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  If you would know what nobody knows, read what everybody reads, just one year afterward.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Every man is a divinity in disguise, a God playing the fool.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  I like to have a man's knowledge comprehend more than one class of topics, one row of shelves. I like a man who likes to see a fine barn as well as a good tragedy.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Always do what you are afraid to do.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  I cannot remember the books I have read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Dont waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  If the stars should appear just one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore!  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Self-trust is the essence of heroism.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded by worry, fret and anxiety.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  We are reformers in the spring and summer, but in autumn we stand by the old. Reformers in the morning, and conservers at night.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Astronomy to the selfish becomes astrology.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  We sometimes meet an original gentleman, who, if manners had not existed, would have invented them.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  It is not length of life, but depth of life.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  A good indignation makes an excellent speech.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  It is not the length of life, but the depth.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Manners are the happy way of doing things.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Dont be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

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

  The intellect is vagabond, and our system of education fosters restlessness. Our minds travel when our bodies are forced to stay at home. We imitate; and what is imitation but the travelling of the mind?  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  There never was a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him asleep.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  As soon as there is life there is danger.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Grow angry slowly - there is plenty of time.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. That is the meaning of success.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  We are wiser than we know.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Life is a journey, not a destination.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Every great institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  When you strike at a king, you must kill him.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  People only see what they are prepared to see.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Proverbs are the literature of reason, or the statements of absolute truth, without qualification. Like the sacred books of each nation, they are the sanctuary of its intuitions.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Every artist was first an amateur.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  A man is what he thinks about all day long.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

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

  Fame is proof that the people are gullible.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Nothing can work damage to me except myself; the harm that I sustain I carry about with me and never am a real sufferer except by my own fault.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Shall I tell you the secret of the true scholar? It is this: Every man I meet is my master in some point, and in that I learn of him.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Common sense is as rare as genius.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  We are students of words; we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The believing we do something when we do nothing is the first illusion of tobacco.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Repose and cheerfulness are the badge of the gentleman - repose in energy. The Greek battle pieces are calm; the heroes, in whatever violent actions engaged, retain a serene aspect.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  That which we call sin in others is experiment for us.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Guard your integrity as a sacred thing; nothing at last is sacred except the integrity of your own mind.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Hospitality consists in a little fire, a little food and an immense quiet.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Man is timid and apologetic; he is no longer upright; he dares not say 'I think,' 'I am,' but quotes some saint or sage. He is ashamed before the blade of grass or the blowing rose. These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God today. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise, shall give him no peace. Do your work, and I shall know you. Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself. Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Hitch your wagon to a star.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in - forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  In every work of genius, we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The task ahead is never as great as the power behind us.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  A chief event in life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  To a dull mind all of nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Thought is the seed of action.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

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

  Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Life is a festival only to the wise.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Fear always springs from ignorance.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The best bribe which London offers to-day to the imagination, is, that, in such a vast variety of people and conditions, one can believe there is room for persons of romantic character to exist, and that the poet, the mystic, and the hero may hope to confront their counterparts.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  We become what we think about all day long.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Grow angry slowly - there is plenty of time.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Every artist was first an amateur.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Every great institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The only way to have a friend is to be one.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  I do then with my friends as I do with my books. I would have them where I could find them, but I seldom use them.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

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

  Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Life is not so short but there is always time for courtesy.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Manners are the happy way of doing things.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The basis of good manners is self-reliance.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Hitch your wagon to a star.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The task ahead is never as great as the power behind us.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded by worry, fret and anxiety.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Peace has its victories, but it takes a brave man to win them.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded by worry, fret and anxiety.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Every man is a divinity in disguise, a God playing the fool.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise, shall give him no peace. Do your work, and I shall know you. Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself. Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Man is timid and apologetic; he is no longer upright; he dares not say 'I think,' 'I am,' but quotes some saint or sage. He is ashamed before the blade of grass or the blowing rose. These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God today. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Every man is a divinity in disguise, a God playing the fool.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Astronomy to the selfish becomes astrology.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Always do what you are afraid to do.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

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

  He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded by worry, fret and anxiety.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  We are reformers in the spring and summer, but in autumn we stand by the old. Reformers in the morning, and conservers at night.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Life is not so short but there is always time for courtesy.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Cunning is strength withheld.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  As soon as there is life there is danger.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Fame is proof that the people are gullible.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Fear always springs from ignorance.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Always do what you are afraid to do.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves, but deal in our privacy with the last honesty and truth.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Repose and cheerfulness are the badge of the gentleman - repose in energy. The Greek battle pieces are calm; the heroes, in whatever violent actions engaged, retain a serene aspect.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  We sometimes meet an original gentleman, who, if manners had not existed, would have invented them.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Every man is a divinity in disguise, a God playing the fool.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Hospitality consists in a little fire, a little food and an immense quiet.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Earth laughs in flowers.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The best bribe which London offers to-day to the imagination, is, that, in such a vast variety of people and conditions, one can believe there is room for persons of romantic character to exist, and that the poet, the mystic, and the hero may hope to confront their counterparts.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  All promise outruns performance.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  It is one of the most beautiful compensations in life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Shall I tell you the secret of the true scholar? It is this: Every man I meet is my master in some point, and in that I learn of him.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The believing we do something when we do nothing is the first illusion of tobacco.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  A good indignation makes an excellent speech.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short, but when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say we have had our day.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Man is timid and apologetic; he is no longer upright; he dares not say 'I think,' 'I am,' but quotes some saint or sage. He is ashamed before the blade of grass or the blowing rose. These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God today. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  It requires a great deal of boldness and a great deal of caution to make a great fortune, and when you have it, it requires ten times as much skill to keep it.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Don't waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Trust instinct to the end, even though you can give no reason.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Manners make the fortune of the ambitious youth.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Don't waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Go cherish your soul; express companions; set your habits to a life of solitude; then will the faculties rise fair and full within  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  My evening visitors, if they cannot see the clock, should find the time in my face.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for competitors.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for his competitors, for it is that which all are practicing every day while they live  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  There is then creative reading as well as creative writing  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  A creative economy is the fuel of magnificence  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The best effort of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Noblesse oblige; or, superior advantages bind you to larger generosity  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  What torments of grief you endured, from evils that never arrived  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of the imagination.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Science does not know its debt to imagination.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Genius always finds itself a century too early.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Men are what their mothers made them.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Self-sacrifice is the real miracle out of which all the reported miracles grow.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  America is another name for opportunity.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of Solitaire. It is a grand passion.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like to him; wherever he goes.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  There is creative reading as well as creative writing.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Every sentence spoken by Napoleon, and every line of his writing, deserves reading, as it is the sense of France.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  One must be an inventor to read well. There is then creative reading as well as creative writing.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Don't be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Reality is a sliding door.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  A few strong instincts and a few plain rules suffice us.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Society is a hospital of incurables.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  We acquire the strength we have overcome.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  For every benefit you receive a tax is levied.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  There is no chance and anarchy in the universe. All is system and gradation. Every god is there sitting in his sphere.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  The value of a principle is the number of things it will explain.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson
  

  When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.  
 -  Ralph Waldo Emerson