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Ralph Waldo Emerson

1803-1882. American poet, essayist and lecturer.

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Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.

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The characteristic of genuine heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have resolved to be great, abide by yourself, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic.

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Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men, or they are no better than dreams.

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'Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem to be confidences or sides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profound thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart.

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There is creative reading as well as creative writing.

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Slavery is an institution for converting men into monkeys.

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He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses.

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We cannot see things that stare us in the face until the hour comes that the mind is ripened.

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Self-trust is the first secret to success.

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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.

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