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Ralph Waldo Emerson
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  Here are some quotes and quotations showing the wisdom and wit of Ralph Waldo Emerson. The examples that appear first seem to indicate his approach to Transcendentalism:-
      We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands; we will speak our own minds...A nation of men will for the first time exist, because each believes himself inspired by the Divine Soul which also inspires all men.

      Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force; and that thoughts rule the world.


       "There is one mind common to all individual men.
  Of the works of this mind history is the record. Man is explicable by nothing less than all his history. all the facts of history preëxist as laws. Each law in turn is made by circumstances predominant. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn, and Egypt, Greece, Rome, Gaul, Britain, America, lie folded already in the first man. Epoch after epoch, camp, kingdom, empire, republic, democracy, are merely the application of this manifold spirit to the manifold world".


       There is properly no history; only biography.



    A man is a bundle of relations, a knot of roots, whose flower and fruitage is the world.


      Direct your eye right inward, and you'll find
A thousand regions in your mind
Yet undiscovered. Travel them, and be
Expert in home-cosmography.


     The louder he talked of his honour, the faster we counted our spoons.


       "The greatest homage to truth is to use it."


       The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant.



       The only way to have a friend is to be one.



       What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not been discovered.



       A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesman and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.


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