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Ralph Waldo Emerson

(1803-1882) American Poet, Essayist

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Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams.

A man in the wrong may more easily be convinced than one half right.

A painter told me that nobody could draw a tree without in some sort becoming a tree; or draw a child by studying the outlines of its form merely - but by watching for a time his motions and plays, the painter enters into his nature and can then draw him at every attitude.

A problem well defined is a problem half solved.

A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.

All mankind loves a lover.

Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.

Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Then all things are at risk. It is as when a conflagration has broken out in a great city, and no man knows what is safe, or where it will end.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him.

Every man I meet is in some way my superior.

Our faith comes in moments, yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to ascribe more reality to them than to all other experiences.

We are prisoners of ideas.

What lies beyond us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.