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  • Reform is affirmative, conservatism negative conservatism goes for comfort, reform for truth. The Conservative
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  • Sincerity is the highest compliment you can pay.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • Work and thou canst escape the reward whether the work be fine or course, planting corn or writing epics, so only it be honest work, done to thine own approbation, it shall earn a reward to the senses as well as to the thought.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • The walls of rude minds are scrawled all over with facts, with thoughts. They shall one day bring a lantern and read the inscriptions.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • A man known to us only as a celebrity in politics or in trade, gains largely in our esteem if we discover that he has some intellectual taste or skill
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  • The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but deliverance from fear
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  • The cannon will not suffer any other sound to be heard for miles and for years around it.
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  • A garden is like those pernicious machineries which catch a man's coatskirt or his hand, and draw in his arm, his leg, and his whole body to irresistible destruction.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • We must set up a strong present tense against all rumors of wrath, past and to come.
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  • The world is a divine dream, from which we may presently awake to the glories and certainties of day.
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  • THE POET A moody child and wildly wise Pursued the game with joyful eyes, Which chose, like meteors, their way, And rived the dark with private ray They overleapt the horizon's edge, Searched with Apollo's privilege Through man, and woman, and sea, and star, Saw the dance of nature forward far Through worlds, and races, and terms, and times, Saw musical order, and pairing rhymes. Olympian bards who sung Divine ideas below, Which always find us young, And always keep us so.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

  • Character is that which can do without success.
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  • The highest compact we can make with our fellow is 'Let there be truth between us two forevermore.'
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  • To judge from a single conversation, he made the impression of a narrow and very English mind of one who paid for his rare elevation by general tameness and conformity. Off his own beat, his opinions were of no value.
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  • In conversation the game is, to say something new with old words. And you shall observe a man of the people picking his way along, step by step, using every time an old boulder, yet never setting his foot on an old place.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson)


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