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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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We aim above the... We aim above the mark to hit the mark.
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We are a puny... We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.
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We are always getting... We are always getting ready to live but never living. 
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We are born believing.... We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.
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We are by nature... We are by nature observers, and thereby learners. That is our permanent state.
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We are rich only... We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.
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We are students of... We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation -rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing. 
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We are symbols, and... We are symbols, and inhabit symbols.
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We are wiser than... We are wiser than we know.
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We do not yet... We do not yet possess ourselves, and we know at the same time that we are much more.
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We find delight in... We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
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We gain the strength... We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.
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We have listened too... We have listened too long to the courtly Muses of Europe.
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We must be our... We must be our own before we can be another's.
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We see God face... We see God face to face every hour, and know the savor of Nature.
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What I must do,... What I must do, is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. 
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What I need is... What I need is someone who will make me do what I can. 
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What is a farm... What is a farm but a mute gospel?
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What is a weed?... What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.
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What lies behind us... What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
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What lies behind you... What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.
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What we fear doing... What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.
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What we seek we... What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.
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What you are comes... What you are comes to you.
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What you do speaks... What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.
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What you do speaks... What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say. 
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Whatever course you decide... Whatever course you decide upon there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires....courage. 
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Whatever you do, you... Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them. 
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When friendships are real,... When friendships are real, they are not glass threads or frost work, but the solidest things we can know. 
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When it is dark... When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. 
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When nature has work... When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.
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When we quarrel, how... When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.
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When you were born... When you were born you were crying and everyone else was smiling. Live your life so at the end, your're the one who is smiling and everyone else is crying. 
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Wherever the invitation of... Wherever the invitation of men or your own occasions lead you, speak the very truth, as your life and conscience teach it, and cheer the waiting, fainting hearts of men with new hope and new revelation.
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Who hears me, who... Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine, a possession for all time.
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Who you are speaks... Who you are speaks so loudly I can't hear what you're saying.
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Whoso would be a... Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist. 
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Why need I volumes,... Why need I volumes, if one word suffice?
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Win as if you... Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
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Wisdom has its root... Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.
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With the past, I... With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.
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Without ambition one starts... Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. 
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Without electricity, the air... Without electricity, the air would rot.
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Words are also actions,... Words are also actions, and actions are a kind of words.
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Write it on your... Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. 
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You are constantly invited... You are constantly invited to be what you are. 
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You become what you... You become what you think about all day long. 
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You cannot do a... You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
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You have just dined,... You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity. 
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