Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is my duty to say to you that the need was never greater for new revelation than now…The doctrine of inspiration is lost. Miracles, prophecy, the holy life, exist as ancient history [only]. Men have come to speak of revelation as somewhat long ago given and done, as if God were dead. It is the office of a true teacher to show us that God is, not was; that He speaketh, not spake.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson  |  The Complete Essays and Other Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“The only way to have a friend is to be one. A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. Happy is the house that shelters a friend. A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. Let the soul be assured that somewhere in the universe it should rejoin its friend, and it would be content and cheerful alone for a thousand years.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your mind.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Character is higher than intellect.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives and our character. What we are worshipping we are becoming.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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