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To be great is to be misunderstood.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
America is a poem in our eyes; its ample geography dazzles the imagination, and it will not wait long for metres.
Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody, before it was actually verified.
Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are.
It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, ‘always do what you are afraid to do.’
Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
All diseases run into one, old age.
The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck.
If a man can… make a better mousetrap, the world will make a beaten path to his door.
Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.
Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.
It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy, that the world owes the world more than the world can pay.
We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.
We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.
God enters by a private door into every individual.
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.
Words are also actions, and actions are a kind of words.
A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like to him; wherever he goes.
A man in debt is so far a slave.
The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.
Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.
The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.