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Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Biography : American essayist, lecturer and poet.
Born: 1803 - Died: 1882
Period:
19th century
Place of birth: United States
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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
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Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.
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Earth laughs in flowers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson - Hamatreya
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The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.
Ralph Waldo Emerson - Lectures - Education
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All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.
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The years teach much which the days never know.
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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.
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To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine.
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The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
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Money often costs too much.
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The key to every man is his thought.
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Self-trust is the first secret of success.
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There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.
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Courage charms us, because it indicates that a man loves an idea better than all things in the world, that he is thinking neither of his bed, nor his dinner, nor his money, but will venture all to put in act the invisible thought of his mind.
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A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
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Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
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Whenever the true objects of action appear, they are to be heartily sought. Enthusiasm is the height of man; it is the passing from the human to the divine.
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There are two classes of poets — the poets by education and practice, these we respect; and poets by nature, these we love.
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To me men are for what they are, They wear no masks with me.
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Nothing astonishes men so much as common-sense and plain dealing.
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Sunshine cannot bleach the snow,
Nor time unmake what poets know.

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Literature is the effort of man to indemnify himself for the wrongs of his condition.
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Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves, but deal in our privacy with the last honesty and truth.
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What strength belongs to every plant and animal in nature. The tree or the brook has no duplicity, no pretentiousness, no show. It is, with all its might and main, what it is, and makes one and the same impression and effect at all times.
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For it is not metres, but a metre-making argument that makes a poem.
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Poetry teaches the enormous force of a few words, and, in proportion to the inspiration, checks loquacity.
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It does not need that a poem should be long. Every word was once a poem.
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Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in one's own sunshine.
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The thing done avails, and not what is said about it. An original sentence, a step forward, is worth more than all the censures.
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Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.
Ralph Waldo Emerson - Nature
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