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Ralph Waldo Emerson

1803-1882. American poet, essayist and lecturer.

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The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.

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The secret in education lies in respecting the student.

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I didn't find my friends; the good Lord gave them to me.

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Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

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Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.

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A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.

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Health is the condition of wisdom, and the sign is cheerfulness -- an open and noble temper.

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What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

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No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself.

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My evening visitors, if they cannot see the clock should find the time in my face.

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