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That which we call sin in others is experiment for us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Guard your integrity as a sacred thing; nothing at last is sacred except the integrity of your
own mind.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hospitality consists in a little fire, a little food and an immense quiet.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the
cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another, you have
only an extemporaneous, half possession. That which each can do best, none but his Maker
can teach him.
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Man is timid and apologetic; he is no longer upright; he dares not say "I think," "I am," but
quotes some saint or sage. He is ashamed before the blade of grass or the blowing rose.
These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are
for what they are; they exist with God today. There is no time to them. There is simply the
rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.
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A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but
what he has said or done otherwise, shall give him no peace. Do your work, and I shall know
you. Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself. Your genuine action will explain itself, and
will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing.
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The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
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It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
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The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.
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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.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
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Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.
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The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.
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Hitch your wagon to a star.
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Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and
absurdities no doubt crept in - forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you
shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
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The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
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In every work of genius, we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with
a certain alienated majesty.
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All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.
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The task ahead is never as great as the power behind us.
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Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy.
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Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and
Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit
that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.
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My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.
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A chief event in life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
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To a dull mind all of nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and
sparkles with light.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thought is the seed of action.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts
rule the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on,
die on the first inch of your territory.
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Life is a festival only to the wise.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give
thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you
should include all things in your gratitude.
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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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Fear always springs from ignorance.
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The best bribe which London offers to-day to the imagination, is, that, in such a vast variety
of people and conditions, one can believe there is room for persons of romantic character to
exist, and that the poet, the mystic, and the hero may hope to confront their counterparts.
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The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
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We become what we think about all day long.
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