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Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.

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“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”

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The first wealth is health.

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With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.

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

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What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.

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A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

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Earth laughs in flowers.

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Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.

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Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.

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Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.

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Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

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The years teach much which the days never know.

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A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.

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Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.

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The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.

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