Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Self-Reliance,” Essays: First Series (1841)
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All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man had taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of your first.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
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By necessity, by proclivity and by delight, we all quote.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Quotation & Originality,” Letters and Social Aims (1876)
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Eloquence is the power to translate a truth into language perfectly intelligible to the person to whom you speak.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Eloquence,” Letters and Social Aims (1876)
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Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances — it was somebody’s name, or he happened to be there at the time, or it was so then, and another day would have been otherwise. Strong men believe in cause and effect.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Worship,” The Conduct of Life (1860)
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Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Prudence,” Essays: First Series (1841)
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We aim above the mark to hit the mark.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Nature,” Essays: Second Series (1844)
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Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Natural Religion” (3 Feb. 1861)
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It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
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A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Friendship,” Essays: First Series (1841)
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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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
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Every observation of history inspires a confidence that we shall not go far wrong; that things will mend.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“The Young American” (lecture), Boston (7 Feb. 1844)
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Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Social Aims” (lecture, Boston, 4 Dec 1864), Letters and Social Aims (1876)
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No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
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Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
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We must trust the perfection of the creation so far, as to believe that whatever curiosity the order of things has awakened in our minds, the order of things can satisfy.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Nature,” Essays: Second Series (1844)
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The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Domestic Life,” Society and Solitude (1870)
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What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Social Aims” (lecture, Boston, 4 Dec 1864), Letters and Social Aims (1876)
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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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Illusions,” The Conduct of Life (1860)
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Culture is one thing — and varnish another.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
Journal (1868)
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You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said God; you shall not have both.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
Journal (Oct 1842)
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Nature is too thin a screen; the glory of the omnipresent God bursts through everywhere.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
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A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds,
Adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Self-Reliance,” Essays: First Series (1841)
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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
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It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person,

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Heroism,” Essays: First Series (1841)
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The faith that stands on authority is not faith.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“The Over-Soul,” Essays: First Series (1841)
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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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
Journal (1842)
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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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Art,” Essays: First Series (1841)
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Our chief want in life is someone who shall make us do what we can. This is the service of a friend. With him we are easily great.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Considerations by the Way,” The Conduct of Life (1860)
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The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
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A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Works and Days,” Society and Solitude (1870)
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It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
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Let us treat men and women well; treat them as if they were real; perhaps they are.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Experience,” Essays: Second Series (1844)
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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 to-day in words as hard as cannon-balls and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Self-Reliance,” Essays: First Series (1841)
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Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“Art,” Essays: First Series (1841)
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The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
“New England Reformers,” lecture, Amory Hall (3 Mar 1844)
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Reprinted in Essays: Second Series (1844).
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I stir in it for the sad reason that no other mortal will move, and if I do not, why, it is left undone. The amount of it, be sure, is merely a Scream; but sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
Journal (1838)

Referring to his attempts to stop the US Government's forced expulsion of the Cherokee from their land.
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Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American essayist, lecturer, poet
Journal (8 Nov 1838)
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I could never think well of a man’s intellectual or moral character, if he was habitually unfaithful to his appointments.

Nathaniel Emmons (1745-1840) American Calvinist preacher
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Traditionally, most of Australia’s imports come from overseas.

Keppel "Kep: Enderbery (b. 1926) Australian politician and jurist
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The rate at which a person can mature is directly proportional to the embarrassment he can tolerate.

Douglas Engelbart (1925-2013) American computer scientist, pioneer
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http://www.bootstrap.org/chronicle/press/tiaobrian/part1.htm
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No, folks don’t like the truth. … It’s easier lyin’. Stops us havin’ to fess up to trouble when it comes along. To do right insteada wrong. … But I hate a lie, Cass. My own most of all. They keep us crawlin’ in the dust when we could an’ should be climbin’ for the stars.

Garth Ennis (b. 1970) Irish writer
Preacher, #31, “Underworld”
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What is the first business of one who studies philosophy? To part with self-conceit. For it is impossible for any one to begin to learn what he thinks that he already knows.

Epictetus (c.55-c.135) Greek (Phrygian) Stoic philosopher
The Discourses, ch. 17, “How To Apply General Principles to Particular Cases” (c. AD 101-108)

Alt. trans.: "It is impossible for a man to begin to learn what he thinks he knows." [tr. Long (1890)]
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In my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind.

Nora Ephron (1941-2012) American screenwriter, author, journalist, director
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First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do.

Epictetus (c.55-c.135) Greek (Phrygian) Stoic philosopher
The Discourses, ch. 23, “Concerning Such as Read and Dispute Ostentatiously” (c. AD 101-108)
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Men are disturbed, not by things, but by the principles and notions which they form concerning things.

Epictetus (c.55-c.135) Greek (Phrygian) Stoic philosopher
The Enchiridion (c. 135)

Alt. trans.: "We suffer not from the events in our lives, but from our judgment about them."
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The impious one is not the one who takes away the gods of the masses, but rather the one who imposes the ideas of the masses on the gods.

Epicurus (341-270 BC) Greek philosopher
Letter to Menoeceus
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Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

Epicurus (341-270 BC) Greek philosopher
The Vatican Sayings
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Your anxiety is directly proportional to your forgetfulness of nature, for you bring on yourself unlimited fears and desires.

Epicurus (341-270 BC) Greek philosopher
Fragment
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It is not so much our friends’ help that helps us as the confidence of their help.

Epicurus (341-270 BC) Greek philosopher
The Vatican Sayings

Alt. trans.: "It is not so much our friends' help that helps us as the confident knowledge that they will help us."
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For me, writing is foremost a mode of thinking and, when it works well, an act of discovery.

Joseph Epstein (b. 1937) American writer
The Bedford Reader, “Postscript on Process” (ed. Kennedy and Kennedy, 2d ed.) (1985)
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When I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.

Desiderius Erasmus (1465-1536) Dutch humanist philosopher and scholar
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Money is what people without talent use to keep score.

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It is part of the highest civility if, while never erring yourself, you ignore the errors of others.

Desiderius Erasmus (1465-1536) Dutch humanist philosopher and scholar
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It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.

Desiderius Erasmus (1465-1536) Dutch humanist philosopher and scholar
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