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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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"Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom."
"When a whole nation is roaring patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart."
"What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say."
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies with in us."
"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered."
"We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes."
"We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyful of words and do not know a thing."
"United States! Go put your creed into your deed."
"The wise man always throws himself on the side of his assailants. It is more his interest than it is theirs to find his weak point."
"The secret of education is respecting the pupil."
"The only way to have a friend is to be one."
"The mind does not create what it perceives, any more than the eye creates the rose."
"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons."
"The definition of success--To laugh much; to win respect of intelligent persons and the affections of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one's self; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition.; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm, and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived--this is to have succeeded."
"The best of life is conversation, and the greatest success is confidence, or perfect understanding between two people."
"Rings and jewels are not gifts but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of yourself."
"People only see what they are prepared to see."
"Our best thoughts come from others."
"Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto."
"Men are what their mothers made them."
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