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Ralph Waldo Emerson

(1803 - 1882)

Biography:

American Lecturer, Essayist and Poet, Leader of the Transcendentalist Movement, Champion of Individualism

Quotes
'Tis curious that we only believe as deeply as we live.
A believer, a mind whose faith is consciousness, is never disturbed because other persons do not yet see the fact which he sees.
A certain awkwardness makes the use of borrowed thoughts; but as soon as we have learned what to do with them, they become our own.
A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.
A Day is a miniature Eternity.
A dollar is not value, but representative of value, and, at last, of moral values.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow things in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today - "Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood."-Is is to bad then to be misunderstood... to be great is to be misunderstood.
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds… Speak what you think now in hard words; and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today.