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RALPH WALDO EMERSON QUOTES II

If with love thy heart has burned;
If thy love is unreturned;
Hide thy grief within thy breast,
Though it tear thee unexpressed;
For when love has once departed
From the eyes of the false-hearted,
And one by one has torn off quite
The bandages of purple light;
Though thou wert the loveliest
Form the soul had ever dressed,
Thou shalt seem, in each reply,
A vixen to his altered eye;
Thy softest pleadings seem too bold,
Thy praying lute will seem to scold;
Though thou kept the straightest road,
Yet thou errest far and broad.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, To Rhea

If Love his moment overstay,
Hatred's swift repulsions play.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, The Visit

For Destiny never swerves
Nor yields to men the helm.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, The World-Soul

But man crouches and blushes,
Absconds and conceals;
He creepeth and peepeth,
He palters and steals;
Infirm, melancholy,
Jealous glancing around,
An oaf, an accomplice,
He poisons the ground.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, The Sphinx

All substances the cunning chemist Time
Melts down into that liquor of my life.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, The Day's Ration

Give me truths;
For I am weary of the surfaces,
And die of inanition.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Blight

Daughter of Heaven and Earth, coy Spring,
With sudden passion languishing,
Teaching Barren moors to smile,
Painting pictures mile on mile,
Holds a cup with cowslip-wreaths,
Whence a smokeless incense breathes.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, May-Day

Deep in the man sits fast his fate
To mould his fortunes, mean or great.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Fate

For He that worketh high and wise.
Nor pauses in his plan,
Will take the sun out of the skies
Ere freedom out of man.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Ode Sung in the Town Hall

Spring is strong and virtuous,
Broad-sowing, cheerful, plenteous,
Quickening underneath the mould
Grains beyond the price of gold.
So deep and large her bounties are,
That one broad, long midsummer day
Shall to the planet overpay
The ravage of a year of war.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, May-Day

For thou, O Spring! canst renovate
All that high God did first create.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, May-Day

Nature, hating art and pains,
Baulks and baffles plotting brains;
Casualty and Surprise
Are the apples of her eyes.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Nature I

The sun goes down, and with him takes
The coarseness of my poor attire;
The fair moon mounts, and aye the flame
Of Gypsy beauty blazes higher.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, The Romany Girl

Only to children children sing,
Only to youth will spring be spring.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, The Harp

All is now secure and fast;
Not the gods can shake the Past;
Flies-to the adamantine door
Bolted down forevermore.
None can reënter there,--
No thief so politic,
No Satan with a royal trick
Steal in by window, chink, or hole,
To bind or unbind, add what lacked,
Insert a leaf, or forge a name,
New-face or finish what is packed,
Alter or mend eternal Fact.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, The Past

The wings of Time are black and white,
Pied with morning and with night.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Compensation

Gold and iron are good
To buy iron and gold.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Politics

Fear, Craft and Avarice
Cannot rear a State.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Politics

Come, see the north-wind's masonry.
Out of an unseen quarry evermore
Furnished with tile, the fierce artificer
Curves his white bastions with projected roof
Round every windward stake, or tree, or door.
Speeding, the myriad-handed, his wild work
So fanciful, so savage, naught cares he
For number or proportion.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, The Snow-Storm

All stealing is comparative. If you come to absolutes, pray who does not steal?

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Essays

It is the quality of the moment, not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, speech at the Masonic Temple in Boston, January 1842

Truth gathers itself spotless and unhurt after all our surrenders and concealments and partisanship.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, "The Sovereignty of Ethics", Select Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

A sect or a party is an elegant incognito, devised to save a man from the vexation of thinking.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, journal entry, June 20, 1831

Prayer that craves a particular commodity -- any thing less than all good -- is vicious.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, "Self-Reliance"

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity--no, nor of any want except of being wanting to himself.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks: 1838-1842

Solvency is maintained by means of a national debt, on the principle, "If you will not lend me the money, how can I pay you?"

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Ability

Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.

RALPH WALDO EMERSON, journal entry, July 21, 1836

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