The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Profession: Poet
Nationality: American

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Good as is discourse, silence is better and shames it.

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.

Vast spaces of nature; the Atlantic Ocean, the South Sea; vast intervals of time, years, centuries, are of no account. This which I think and feel, underlay that former state of life and circumstances, as it does underlie my present, and will always circumstance, and what is called life, and what is called death.

A mind might ponder its thought for ages, and not gain so much self-knowledge as the passion of love shall teach it in a day.

There never was a child so lovely, but his mother was glad to get him asleep.

Without the rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.

Each is liable to panic, which is, exactly, the terror of ignorance surrendered to the imagination.

The populace think that your rejection of popular standards is a rejection of all standard, and mere antinomianism; and the bold sensualist will use the name of philosophy to gild his crimes. But the law of consciousness abides.

We don't grow old. When we cease to grow, we become old.

She shows us only surfaces but Nature is a million fathoms deep.

Give and it shall be given you.

Violence is not power, but the absence of power.

All things are engaged in writing their history...Not a foot steps into the snow, or along the ground, but prints in characters more or less lasting, a map of its march. The ground is all memoranda and signatures; and every object covered over with hints. In nature, this self-registration is incessant, and the narrative is the print of the seal.

What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness.