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  • I am not much an advocate for traveling, and I observe that men run away to other countries because they are not good in their own, and run back to their own because they pass for nothing in the new places.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • Sooner of later that which is now life shall be poetry, and every fair and manly trait shall add a richer strain to the song.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • The less a man thinks or knows about his virtues, the better we like him.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • The highest virtue is always against the law.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)


  • We are prisoners of ideas.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • He presents me with what is always an acceptable gift who brings me news of a great thought before unknown. He enriches me without impoverishing himself.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • It is as easy for the strong man to be strong, as it is for the weak to be weak
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • When a man is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something he has been put on his wits on his manhood he has gained the facts learns his ignorance is cured of the insanity of conceit has got moderation and real skill.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • We do what we must, and call it by the best names we can, and would fain have the praise of having intended the result which ensues.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • Men are better than this theology.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • The sea, washing the equator and the poles, offers its perilous aid, and the power and empire that follow it. . . . Beware of me, it says, but if you can hold me, I am the key to all the lands.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • The secret of drunkeness is, that it insulates us in thought, whilst it unites us in feeling.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • To be great is to be misunderstood.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • Who can ... guess how much industry and providence and affection we have caught from the pantomime of brutes.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)


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