People do not deserve good writing, they are so pleased with bad.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Profession: Poet
Nationality: American

People do not deserve good writing, they are so pleased with bad. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Poetry teaches the enormous force of a few words, and, in proportion to the inspiration, checks loquacity.

Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.

What we call results are beginnings.

The ancient precept, Know thyself, and the modern precept, Study nature, become at last one maxim.

Blame is safer than praise.

Without electricity, the air would rot.

There are no fixtures in nature. The universe is fluid and volatile.

Imagination is not a talent of some men, but is the health of every man.

The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks. See the line from a sufficient distance, and it straightens itself to the average tendency. Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing. Act singly, and what you have already done singly will justify you now.

Men seek to be great; they would have offices, wealth, power, and fame. They think that to be great is to possess one side of nature,—the sweet, without the other side,—the bitter.

Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.

The divine bards are the friends of my virtue, of my intellect, of my strength. They admonish me that the gleams which flash across my mind are not mine, but God's; they had the like, and were not disobedient to the heavenly vision.

Conservatism stands on man's confessed limitations; reform on his indisputable infinitude; conservatism on circumstance; liberalism on power; one goes to make an adroit member of the social frame; the other to postpone all things to the man himself; conservatism is debonnair and social; reform is individual and imperious.

A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.