Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) American poet, essayist

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Fate, then, is a name for facts not yet passed under the fire of thought; for causes which are un-penetrated. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
If a man's eye is on the Eternal, his intellect will grow. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The growth of the intellect is spontaneous in every expansion. The mind that grows could not predict the times, the means, the mode of that spontaneity. God enters by a private door into every individual. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Traveling is a fool's paradise. I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea and at last wake up in Naples, and there besides me is the stern fact, the sad self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The two parties which divide the state, the party of Conservation and that of Innovation, are very old, and have disputed the possession of the world ever since it was made. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
The office of the scholar is to cheer, to raise, and to guide men by showing them facts amidst appearances. He plies the slow, un-honoured, and unpaid task of observation. He is the world's eye. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our strength grows out of our weakness. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Some will always be above others. Destroy the inequality today, and it will appear again tomorrow. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Shall we then judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely. it is pedantry to estimate nations by the census, or by square miles of land, or other than by their importance to the mind of the time. - Ralph Waldo Emerson