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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quote

Ralph Waldo Emerson Henry David Thoreau

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

Very often misattributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau. No evidence exists that either of them wrote or spoke this.
With this quote we can see the romantic attitude present in the human race. “What lies within us” here is everything that makes us great: love, creation, and individual thought. 

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All Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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