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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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"The best of life is conversation, and the greatest success is confidence, or perfect understanding between two people."
"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies with in us."
"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."
"People only see what they are prepared to see."
"I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
"It is not length of life, but depth of life."
"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."
"Rings and jewels are not gifts but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of yourself."
"A friend is one before whom you may think aloud."
"He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear."
"The secret of education is respecting the pupil."
"The only way to have a friend is to be one."
"A friend is the hope of the heart."
"What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say."
"Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know."
"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."
"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."
"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered."
"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."
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