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Quotations From RALPH WALDO EMERSON

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  • 191.
    I find it more credible, since it is anterior information, that one man should know heaven, as the Chinese say, than that so many men should know the world.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Character," Essays, Second Series (1844).

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  • 192.
    Whatever appeals to the imagination, by transcending the ordinary limits of human ability, wonderfully encourages and liberates us.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Napoleon; or, the Man of the World," Representative Men (1850).

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  • 193.
    Shall we then judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Considerations by the Way," The Conduct of Life (1860).
  • 194.
    If the vast and the spiritual are omitted, so are the practical and the moral.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Education," Lectures and Biographical Sketches (1883, repr. 1904).
  • 195.
    The genius of the Platonists, is intoxicating to the student, yet how few particulars of it can I detach from all their books.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Nominalist and Realist," Essays, Second Series (1844).
  • 196.
    The first steps in Agriculture, Astronomy, Zo├Âlogy (those first steps which the farmer, the hunter, and the sailor take), teach that nature's dice are always loaded; that in her heaps and rubbish are concealed sure and useful results.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Nature, ch. 5 (1836, revised and repr. 1849).

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  • 197.
    Can we never extract this tape-worm of Europe from the brain of our countrymen?
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Culture," The Conduct of Life (1860).
  • 198.
    The mass are animal, in pupilage, and near chimpanzee.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Considerations by the Way," The Conduct of Life (1860).

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  • 199.
    The cheapness of man is every day's tragedy. It is as real a loss that others should be low, as that we should be low; for we must have a society.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Uses of Great Men," Representative Men (1850).

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  • 200.
    'T is good-will makes intelligence.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "The Titmouse," May-Day and Other Pieces (1867).
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