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1830


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Of Beauty. Holograph essay, draft, unsigned, undated. Engraved portrait on frontispiece.

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1872

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Color portrait in enclosure of Immortality (holograph essay/lecture, draft, unsigned, undated).

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1879

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Gift of the artist 1907

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1898


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Ralph Waldo Emersons Grave, Concord, Mass.

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1902

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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Portrait

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1909

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Gift of R. T. Haines Halsey 1910

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"A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before."


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"A great man is always willing to be little."


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"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience."


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"A mans growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends."


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"A good indignation brings out all ones powers."


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"A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us."


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"A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles."


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"A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best but what he has said or done otherwise shall give him no peace."


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"A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature."


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"A man is a god in ruins. When men are innocent life shall be longer and shall pass into the immortal as gently as we awake from dreams."


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"We see God face to face every hour and know the savor of Nature."


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"There is no chance and anarchy in the universe. All is system and gradation. Every god is there sitting in his sphere."


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"The age of a woman doesnt mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles."


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"It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them."


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"It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."


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"Wisdom has its root in goodness not goodness its root in wisdom."


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"The method of nature: who could ever analyze it?"


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"All diseases run into one old age."


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"Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day."


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"To be great is to be misunderstood."


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"I have no hostility to nature but a childs love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons."


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"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."


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"It is a fact often observed that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion who cannot write well under other circumstances."


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"Our best thoughts come from others."


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"Every mind must make its choice between truth and repose. It cannot have both."


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"Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same."


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"People disparage knowing and the intellectual life and urge doing. I am content with knowing if only I could know."


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"Manners require time and nothing is more vulgar than haste."


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"Nature hates calculators."


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


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"As soon as there is life there is danger."


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"Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men."


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"Each age it is found must write its own books or rather each generation for the next succeeding."


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


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"Pictures must not be too picturesque."


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"Men are what their mothers made them."


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"Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them."


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"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful we must carry it with us or we find it not."


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"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit."


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"Dont be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment."


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"Win as if you were used to it lose as if you enjoyed it for a change."


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"Every man has his own courage and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons."


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"Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures."


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"Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love. Your goodness must have some edge to it else it is none."


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"Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense."


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"Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art."


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"We are by nature observers and thereby learners. That is our permanent state."


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"Great men or men of great gifts you shall easily find but symmetrical men never."


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"Truth is beautiful without doubt but so are lies."


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"Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams."


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


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"Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody before it was actually verified."


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"Nobody can bring you peace but yourself."


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"Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know."


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"Doing well is the result of doing good. Thats what capitalism is all about."


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


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"Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events."


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"When nature has work to be done she creates a genius to do it."


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"Great geniuses have the shortest biographies."


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"It is not length of life but depth of life."


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"I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women."


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


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"No man ever prayed heartily without learning something."


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


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"Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes."


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"The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling but in rising every time we fall."


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"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."


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"Trust men and they will be true to you treat them greatly and they will show themselves great."


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"God screens us evermore from premature ideas."


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"Friendship like the immortality of the soul is too good to be believed."


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"Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass."


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"We gain the strength of the temptation we resist."


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"Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait."


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"Beauty without expression is boring."


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"Nothing external to you has any power over you."


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"We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body."


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"Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect."


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"Death comes to all but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold."


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"The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom."


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


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"In every society some men are born to rule and some to advise."


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"The value of a dollar is social as it is created by society."


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"Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing."


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"All mankind love a lover."


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"No great man ever complains of want of opportunity."


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"Mens actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted and who has not been the victim and slave of his action."


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"Science does not know its debt to imagination."


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"Our greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising up every time we fail."


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"The best effort of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence."


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"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better."


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