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Ralph Waldo Emerson

1803-1882. American poet, essayist and lecturer.

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Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel. It is to bring another out of his bad sense into your good sense.

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It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinions; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

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Property is an intellectual production. The game requires coolness, right reasoning, promptness, and patience in the players.

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Knowledge exists to be imparted.

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If a man can write a better book, preach a better sermon, or make a better mousetrap, than his neighbor, though he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.

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The power which resides in man is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.

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Oh man! There is no planet sun or star could hold you, if you but knew what you are.

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Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.

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My chief want in life is someone who shall make me do what I can.

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No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my own constitution; the only wrong what is against it.

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