Ralph Waldo Emerson

United States
25 May 1803 // 27 Apr 1882
Author / Poet/ Philosopher


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Some books leave us free and some books make us free
Skill to do comes of doing
Science does not know its debt to imagination
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character
People only see what they are prepared to see
People do not deserve to have good writings; they are so pleased with bad
Patience and fortitude conquer all things
Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail
Other men are lenses through which we read our own minds
Often a certain abdication of prudence and foresight is an element of success
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."