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"The only way to have a friend is to be one." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Ralph Waldo Emerson , Henry David Thoreau
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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Ralph Waldo Emerson

"A man is a little thing while he works by and for himself; but when he gives voice to the rules of love and justice, he is godlike." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"Thou art to me a delicious torment." Ralph Waldo Emerson
Essays: First Series (1841), Essay VI: Friendship Emerson wrote this quote in an essay about friendship. The line that follows is, "Thine ever, or never." As a passionate, intellectual man, we see here in this quote a sharp tendency to state in no uncertain terms his intense feelings.

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"Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey the laws too well." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"Man is a god in ruins" Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"That which we do not call education is more precious than that which we call so" Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"Culture is one thing and varnish is another." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"Poverty, Frost, Famine, Rain, Disease, are the beadles and guardsmen that hold us to Common Sense." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"The times are the masquerade of the eternities" Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"Don't say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"I do then with my friends as I do with my books. I would have them where I can find them, but I seldom use them." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel. It is to bring another out of his bad sense into your good sense." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"There is creative reading as well as creative writing." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"A great man stands on God. A small man on a great man." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"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." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn" Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"All the thoughts of a turtle are turtle" Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"A nation never falls but by suicide" Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"What terrible questions we are learning to ask! The former men believed in magic, by which temples, cities, and men were swallowed up, and all trace of them gone. We are coming on the secret of a magic which sweeps out of men's minds all vestige of theism and beliefs which they and their fathers held and were framed upon." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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"There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. . . / Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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