|Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
- Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.
- Whoso would be a man, must be a nonconformist.
- Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
- I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies
and dead institutions.
- Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none.
- I shun father and mother and wife and brother when my genius calls me.
- It is easy in the world to live after their world's opinion; it is easy in solitude
to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps
with perfect sweetness the independance of solitude.
- Character teaches above our wills.
- Travelling is a fool's paradise. Our first journeys discover to us the indifference of
- Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph
(Penguin Books: Selected Essays)
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