Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

American author, poet
25 May 1803 — 27 April 1882

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If we live truly, we shall see truly.

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Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blame is safer than praise.

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

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


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