Ralph Quotes

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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Always do what you are afraid to do.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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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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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Emerson in His Journals)
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Finish each 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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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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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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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self Reliance)
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I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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What and how much had I lost by trying to do only what was expected of me instead of what I myself had wished to do?
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Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man)
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When I discover who I am, I’ll be free.
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Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man)
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What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold . . .” The pillow seemed to sink a little, and Johnny died.
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S.E. Hinton (The Outsiders)
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Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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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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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.
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William Golding (Lord of the Flies)
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All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The earth laughs in flowers.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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It is not the length of life, but the depth.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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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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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Emerson's Essays)
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Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.
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Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man)
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Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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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.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (The Complete Prose Works Of Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Life is a journey, not a destination.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Emerson in His Journals)
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People do not seem to realise that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Make the most of yourself....for that is all there is of you.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Envy is ignorance, Imitation is Suicide.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance)
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Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The world is a possibility if only you'll discover it.
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Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man)
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A great man is always willing to be little.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson, with Annotations - 1841-1844)
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You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The only way to have a friend is to be one.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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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.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that. Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance and Other Essays)
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Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance)
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If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Nature and Selected Essays)
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Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
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William Ralph Inge
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The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Every artist was first an amateur.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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You become what you think about all day long.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance)
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The mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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To be great is to be misunderstood.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance and Other Essays)
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In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends imprisoned by an enchanter in paper and leathern boxes.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourself.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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When friendships are real, they are not glass threads or frost work, but the solidest things we can know.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Essays: First Series)
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In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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There is creative reading as well as creative writing.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Dream delivers us to dream, and there is no end to illusion. Life is like a train of moods like a string of beads, and, as we pass through them, they prove to be many-colored lenses which paint the world their own hue. . . .
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nothing external to you has any power over you.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. 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; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Collected Poems and Translations)
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Sow a thought and you reap an action; sow an act and you reap a habit; sow a habit and you reap a character; sow a character and you reap a destiny.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Fear always springs from ignorance.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest for abundance. Success comes from within, not from without.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Essays: First Series)
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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 to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. β€” 'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' β€” 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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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance)
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Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, Faith looks up
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can offer with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation, but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous, half possession.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The wise man in the storm prays God not for safety from danger but for deliverance from fear.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nature and Books belong to the eyes that see them.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Let us be silent, that we may hear the whisper of God.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Ralph Waldo Emerson on Self Reliance)
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People only see what they are prepared to see.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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Speak what you think today in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance)
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Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the stern fact, the sad self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Ne te quaesiveris extra." (Do not seek for things outside of yourself)
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance and Other Essays)
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All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Whatever course you decide upon there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires....courage.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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You are constantly invited to be what you are.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self Reliance)
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What is success? 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 the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit 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. This is to have succeeded!
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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My life is not an apology, but a life. It is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance)
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Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of solitaire. It is a grand passion. It seizes a person whole and once it has done so, he/she will have to accept that his life will be radically changed.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance)
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Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Some books leave us free and some books make us free.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I was never more hated than when I tried to be honest. Or when, even as just now I've tried to articulate exactly what I felt to be the truth. No one was satisfied
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Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man)
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Of all the ways to lose a person, death is the kindest.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance and Other Essays)
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I am the lover of uncontained and immortal beauty. In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in streets or villages. In the tranquil landscape, and especially in the distant line of the horizon, man beholds somewhat as beautiful as his own nature.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Nature and Selected Essays)
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There are books . . . which rank in our life with parents and lovers and passionate experiences.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Life is a series of surprises and would not be worth taking or keeping if it were not.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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We are always getting ready to live, but never living.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Selected Works: Essays, Poems, and Dispatches with Introduction)
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Love, and you shall be loved.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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He's the one. And some thoughts once thought are very hard to unthink.
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Jandy Nelson (I'll Give You the Sun)
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When you were born you were crying and everyone else was smiling. Live your life so at the end, your're the one who is smiling and everyone else is crying.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The rules!" shouted Ralph, "you're breaking the rules!" "Who cares?
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William Golding (Lord of the Flies)
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What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Beauty without expression is boring.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I am an invisible man. No I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allen Poe: Nor am I one of your Hollywood movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids, and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, simply because people refuse to see me.
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Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man)
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The years teach much the days never know.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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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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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance)
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Be good to your work, your word, and your friend.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed. When friendships are real, they are not glass threads or frost work but the solidest things we know.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I know there isn't no beastβ€”not with claws and all that, I meanβ€”but I know there isn't no fear, either." Piggy paused. "Unlessβ€”" Ralph moved restlessly. "Unless what?" "Unless we get frightened of people.
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William Golding (Lord of the Flies)
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The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil. It is not for you to choose what he shall know, what he shall do. It is chosen and foreordained and he only holds the key to his own secret.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Power doesn't have to show off. Power is confident, self-assuring, self-starting and self-stopping, self-warming and self-justifying. When you have it, you know it.
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Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man)
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Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance and Other Essays)
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Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Conduct of Life: A Philosophical Reading)
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We acquire the strength we have overcome.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and adore.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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There is one other reason for dressing well, namely that dogs respect it, and will not attack you in good clothes.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength.
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Ralph W. Sockman
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Every wall is a door.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance)
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I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves or figments of their imagination, indeed, everything and anything except me.
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Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man)
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Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood. The best way to understand people is to listen to them.
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Ralph G. Nichols
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Trust instinct to the end, even though you can give no reason.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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God will not have his work made manifest by cowards
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance)
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The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Nature)
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Beware what you set your heart upon. For it surely shall be yours.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Imitation is suicide.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The Artist always has the masters in his eyes.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: That I am nobody but myself.
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Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man)
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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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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Essays Including Essays, First & Second Series, English Traits, Nature & Considerations by the Way)
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I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance)
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It is one of the beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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And my problem was that I always tried to go in everyone's way but my own.
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Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man)
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Some people will tell you there is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Letters and Social Aims)
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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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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance)
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What I need is someone who will make me do what I can.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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His voice rose under the black smoke before the burning wreckage of the island; and infected by that emotion, the other little boys began to shake and sob too. And in the middle of them, with filthy body, matted hair, and unwiped nose, Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of mans heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy.
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William Golding (Lord of the Flies)
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Scatter joy!
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I remember that I'm invisible and walk softly so as not awake the sleeping ones. Sometimes it is best not to awaken them; there are few things in the world as dangerous as sleepwalkers.
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Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man)
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Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little coarse and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice? Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Life consists of what man is thinking about all day.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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It is a happy talent to know how to play.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I dream of a better tomorrow, where chickens can cross the road and not be questioned about their motives.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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In order for one to learn the important lessons of life, one must first overcome a fear each day.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Perhaps to lose a sense of where you are implies the danger of losing a sense of who you are.
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Ralph Ellison (Invisible Man)
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I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance and Other Essays)
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Its the not the Destination, It's the journey.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance)
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The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The ancestor of every action is a thought.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves, but deal in our privacy with the last honesty and truth.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (The Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson)
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The reward of a thing well done is having done it.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Your actions speak so loudly, I can not hear what you are saying.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Money often costs too much
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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And I knew that it was better to live out one's absurdity than to die for that of others.
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Ralph Ellison
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Colleges hate geniuses, just as convents hate saints.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Be an opener of doors
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The First wealth is health.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Traveling is a fool's paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of places. At home I dream that at Naples, at Rome, I can be intoxicated with beauty, and lose my sadness. I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the stern fact, the sad self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from. I seek the Vatican, and the palaces. I affect to be intoxicated with sights and suggestions, but I am not intoxicated. My giant goes with me wherever I go.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance)
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It goes a long way back, some twenty years. All my life I had been looking for something, and everywhere I turned someone tried to tell me what it was. I accepted their answers too, though they were often in contradiction and even self-contradictory. I was naive. I was looking for myself and asking everyone except myself questions which I, and only I, could answer. It took me a long time and much painful boomeranging of my expectations to achieve a realization everyone else appears to have been born with: That I am nobody but myself. But first I had to discover that I am an invisible man!
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Ralph Ellison
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There are only two kinds of men in this world: Honest men and dishonest men. ...Any man who says the world owes him a living is dishonest. The same God that made you and me made this earth. And He planned it so that it would yield every single thing that the people on it need. But He was careful to plan it so that it would only yield up its wealth in exchange for the labor of man. Any man who tries to share in that wealth without contributing the work of his brain or his hands is dishonest.
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Ralph Moody
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What I must do, is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. 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.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance)
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There is something sad about people going to bed. You can see they don’t give a damn whether they’re getting what they want out of life or not, you can see they don’t ever try to understand what we’re here for. They just don’t care. Americans or not, they sleep no matter what, they’re bloated mollusks, no sensibility, no trouble with their conscience. I’d seen too many troubling things to be easy in my mind. I knew too much and not enough. I’d better go out, I said to myself, I’d better go out again. Maybe I’ll meet Robinson. Naturally that was an idiotic idea, but I dreamed it up as an excuse for going out again, because no matter how I tossed and turned on my narrow bed, I couldn’t snatch the tiniest scrap of sleep. Even masturbation, at times like that, provides neither comfort nor entertainment. Then you're really in despair.
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Louis-Ferdinand CΓ©line (Journey to the End of the Night)
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I appeal from your customs. I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am, we shall be happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should. I must be myself. I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices me and the heart appoints. If you are noble, I will love you; if you are not, I will not hurt you and myself by hypocritical attentions. If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek my own. I do this not selfishly but humbly and truly. It is alike your interest, and mine, and all men’s, however long we have dwelt in lies, to live in truth. Does this sound harsh to-day? You will soon love what is dictated by your nature as well as mine, and if we follow the truth it will bring us out safe at last.β€”But so may you give these friends pain. Yes, but I cannot sell my liberty and my power, to save their sensibility. Besides, all persons have their moments of reason, when they look out into the region of absolute truth; then will they justify me and do the same thing. The populace think that your rejection of popular standards is a rejection of all standard, and mere antinomianism; and the bold sensualist will use the name of philosophy to gild his crimes. But the law of consciousness abides.
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self-Reliance and Other Essays)
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Because who knows? Who knows anything? Who knows who's pulling the strings? Or what is? Or how? Who knows if destiny is just how you tell yourself the story of your life? Another son might not have heard his mother's last words as a prophecy but as drug-induced gibberish, forgotten soon after. Another girl might not have told herself a love story about a drawing her brother made. Who knows if Grandma really thought the first daffodils of spring were lucky or if she just wanted to go on walks with me through the woods? Who knows if she even believed in her bible at all or if she just preferred a world where hope and creativity and faith trump reason? Who knows if there are ghosts (sorry, Grandma) or just the living, breathing memories of your loved ones inside you, speaking to you, trying to get your attention by any means necessary? Who knows where the hell Ralph is? (Sorry, Oscar.) No one knows. So we grapple with the mysteries, each in our own way.
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Jandy Nelson (I'll Give You the Sun)
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The wish of death had been palpably hanging over this otherwise idyllic paradise for a good many years. All business and politics is personal in the Philippines. If it wasn't for the cheap beer and lovely girls one of us would spend an hour in this dump. They [Jehovah's Witnesses] get some kind of frequent flyer points for each person who signs on. I'm not lazy. I'm just motivationally challenged. I'm not fat. I just have lots of stored energy. You don't get it do you? What people think of you matters more than the reality. Marilyn. Despite standing firm at the final hurdle Marilyn was always ready to run the race. After answering the question the woman bent down behind the stand out of sight of all, and crossed herself. It is amazing what you can learn in prison. Merely through casual conversation Rick had acquired the fundamentals of embezzlement, fraud and armed hold up. He wondered at the price of honesty in a grey world whose half tones changed faster than the weather. The banality of truth somehow always surprises the news media before they tart it up. You've ridden jeepneys in peak hour. Where else can you feel up a fourteen-year-old schoolgirl without even trying? [Ralph Winton on the Philippines finer points] Life has no bottom. No matter how bad things are or how far one has sunk things can always get worse. You could call the Oval Office an information rain shadow. In the Philippines, a whole layer of criminals exists who consider that it is their right to rob you unhindered. If you thwart their wicked desires, to their way of thinking you have stolen from them and are evil. There's honest and dishonest corruption in this country. Don't enjoy it too much for it's what we love that usually kills us. The good guys don't always win wars but the winners always make sure that they go down in history as the good guys. The Philippines is like a woman. You love her and hate her at the same time. I never believed in all my born days that ideas of truth and justice were only pretty words to brighten a much darker and more ubiquitous reality. The girl was experiencing the first flushes of love while Rick was at least feeling the methadone equivalent. Although selfishness and greed are more ephemeral than the real values of life their effects on the world often outlive their origins. Miriam's a meteor job. Somewhere out there in space there must be a meteor with her name on it. Tsismis or rumours grow in this land like tropical weeds. Surprises are so common here that nothing is surprising. A crooked leader who can lead is better than a crooked one who can't. Although I always followed the politics of Hitler I emulate the drinking habits of Churchill. It [Australia] is the country that does the least with the most. Rereading the brief lines that told the story in the manner of Fox News reporting the death of a leftist Rick's dark imagination took hold. Didn't your mother ever tell you never to trust a man who doesn't drink? She must have been around twenty years old, was tall for a Filipina and possessed long black hair framing her smooth olive face. This specter of loveliness walked with the assurance of the knowingly beautiful. Her crisp and starched white uniform dazzled in the late-afternoon light and highlighted the natural tan of her skin. Everything about her was in perfect order. In short, she was dressed up like a pox doctor’s clerk. Suddenly, she stopped, turned her head to one side and spat comprehensively into the street. The tiny putrescent puddle contrasted strongly with the studied aplomb of its all-too-recent owner, suggesting all manner of disease and decay.
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John Richard Spencer