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It is not length of life, but depth of life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A good indignation makes an excellent speech.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not the length of life, but the depth.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so
you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced
experience that shall explain and overlook the old.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Manners are the happy way of doing things.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more
experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest
accomplishment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The intellect is vagabond, and our system of education fosters restlessness. Our minds travel
when our bodies are forced to stay at home. We imitate; and what is imitation but the
travelling of the mind?
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There never was a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him asleep.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the
advantage of a good light.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

As soon as there is life there is danger.
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Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.
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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.
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Grow angry slowly - there is plenty of time.
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To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of
children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether
by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has
breathed easier because you have lived. That is the meaning of success.
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The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are wiser than we know.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come
true.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a journey, not a destination.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every great institution is the lengthened shadow of one man.
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When you strike at a king, you must kill him.
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That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier,
but that our ability to perform it has improved.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

People only see what they are prepared to see.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Proverbs are the literature of reason, or the statements of absolute truth, without
qualification. Like the sacred books of each nation, they are the sanctuary of its intuitions.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every artist was first an amateur.
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A man is what he thinks about all day long.
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A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fame is proof that the people are gullible.
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Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing can work damage to me except myself; the harm that I sustain I carry about with me
and never am a real sufferer except by my own fault.
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Shall I tell you the secret of the true scholar? It is this: Every man I meet is my master in
some point, and in that I learn of him.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Common sense is as rare as genius.
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Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
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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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The believing we do something when we do nothing is the first illusion of tobacco.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Repose and cheerfulness are the badge of the gentleman - repose in energy. The Greek battle
pieces are calm; the heroes, in whatever violent actions engaged, retain a serene aspect.
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