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Ralph Waldo Emerson

1803-1882. American poet, essayist and lecturer.

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We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes.

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A man is a god in ruins.

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For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

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The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency, and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape.

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We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.

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Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.

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It is not length of life, but depth of life.

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Men are what their mothers made them.

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Shall we judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely.

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Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.

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