Authors - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 - April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States. - Wikipedia

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Quote 1by Anonymous on 07/12/2010

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
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    Quote 26by Anonymous on 07/12/2010

    All mankind love a lover.
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      Quote 164by Anonymous on 19/12/2010

      Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
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        Quote 175by Anonymous on 20/12/2010

        All diseases run into one, old age.
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          Quote 235by Anonymous on 23/12/2010

          Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
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            Quote 560by Anonymous on 05/01/2011

            A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
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              Quote 789by Anonymous on 07/01/2011

              It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
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                Quote 831by Anonymous on 08/01/2011

                Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
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                  Quote 1080by Anonymous on 09/01/2011

                  A friend is the hope of the heart.
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                    Quote 1138by Anonymous on 10/01/2011

                    When a whole nation is roaring patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart.
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                      Quote 1230by Anonymous on 11/01/2011

                      The only way to have a friend is to be one.
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                        Quote 1399by Anonymous on 12/01/2011

                        Music takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence, and whereto.
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                          Quote 1417by Anonymous on 13/01/2011

                          A friend is one before whom you may think aloud.
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                            Quote 1505by Anonymous on 13/01/2011

                            Men are what their mothers made them.
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                              Quote 1665by Anonymous on 15/01/2011

                              The best of life is conversation, and the greatest success is confidence, or perfect understanding between two people.
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                                Quote 1938by Anonymous on 19/01/2011

                                Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
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                                  Quote 2198by Anonymous on 24/01/2011

                                  I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it.
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                                    Quote 2257by Anonymous on 25/01/2011

                                    People only see what they are prepared to see.
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                                      Quote 2647by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                      A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
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                                        Quote 2683by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                        Life is a festival only to the wise.
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                                          Quote 2722by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                          The mind does not create what it perceives, any more than the eye creates the rose.
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                                            Quote 2881by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                                            He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
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                                              Quote 3165by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                                              We are shut up in schools and college recitation rooms for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bellyful of words and do not know a thing.
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                                                Quote 3210by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                                                The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.
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                                                Quote 3261by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                                                For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
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                                                  Quote 3270by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                                                  It is not length of life, but depth of life.
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                                                    Quote 3417by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                                                    Courage consists in the power of self-recovery.
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                                                      Quote 3420by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                                                      Our best thoughts come from others.
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                                                        Quote 3437by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                                                        God enters by a private door into every individual.
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                                                          Quote 3509by Anonymous on 06/02/2011

                                                          Genius always finds itself a century too early.
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                                                            Quote 3622by Anonymous on 08/02/2011

                                                            What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.
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                                                              Quote 3739by Anonymous on 09/02/2011

                                                              Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know.
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                                                                Quote 3743by Anonymous on 09/02/2011

                                                                Rings and jewels are not gifts but apologies for gifts. The only true gift is a portion of yourself.
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                                                                  Quote 3828by Anonymous on 10/02/2011

                                                                  What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
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                                                                    Quote 4112by Anonymous on 14/02/2011

                                                                    The secret of education is respecting the pupil.
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                                                                      Quote 4127by Anonymous on 15/02/2011

                                                                      Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed. When friendships are real, they are not glass threads or frost work, but the solidest things we know.
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                                                                        Quote 4181by Anonymous on 16/02/2011

                                                                        Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.
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                                                                          Quote 4306by Anonymous on 19/02/2011

                                                                          We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes.
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                                                                            Quote 4342by Anonymous on 20/02/2011

                                                                            United States! Go put your creed into your deed.
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                                                                              Quote 4358by Anonymous on 20/02/2011

                                                                              The definition of success--To laugh much; to win respect of intelligent persons and the affections of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to give one's self; to leave the world a little better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition.; to have played and laughed with enthusiasm, and sung with exultation; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived--this is to have succeeded.
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                                                                                Quote 4375by Anonymous on 20/02/2011

                                                                                A hero is no braver than an ordinary person, but he is braver five minutes longer.
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                                                                                  Quote 4381by Anonymous on 20/02/2011

                                                                                  I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
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                                                                                    Quote 4467by Anonymous on 22/02/2011

                                                                                    All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
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                                                                                      Quote 4507by Anonymous on 22/02/2011

                                                                                      God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please - you can never have both.
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                                                                                        Quote 4508by Anonymous on 22/02/2011

                                                                                        Creative force, like a musical composer, goes on unweariedly repeating a simple air or theme, now high, now low, in solo, in chorus, ten thousand times reverberated, till it fills earth and heaven with the chant.
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                                                                                          Quote 4582by Anonymous on 23/02/2011

                                                                                          As soon as beauty is sought not from religion and love, but for pleasure, it degrades the seeker.
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                                                                                            Quote 4596by Anonymous on 24/02/2011

                                                                                            The wise man always throws himself on the side of his assailants. It is more his interest than it is theirs to find his weak point.
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                                                                                              Quote 4615by Anonymous on 25/02/2011

                                                                                              What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies with in us.
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                                                                                                Quote 4733by Anonymous on 27/02/2011

                                                                                                Let the river roll which way it will, cities will rise on its banks.
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                                                                                                  Quote 4941by Anonymous on 04/05/2011

                                                                                                  Tis the good reader that makes the good book.
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                                                                                                    Quote 5004by Anonymous on 04/05/2011

                                                                                                    Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
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                                                                                                      Quote 5178by Anonymous on 01/06/2011

                                                                                                      In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm, and three or more is a congress.
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                                                                                                        Quote 5281by Anonymous on 11/06/2011

                                                                                                        One always dies too soon--or too late. And yet one's whole life is complete at that moment, with a line drawn neatly under it, ready for the summing up. You are--your life, and nothing else.
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                                                                                                          Quote 5977by Anonymous on 11/09/2011

                                                                                                          Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
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                                                                                                            Quote 6068by Anonymous on 13/09/2011

                                                                                                            The course of life is unpredictable, no one can write his autobiography in advance.
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                                                                                                              Quote 6117by Anonymous on 14/09/2011

                                                                                                              Every great and commanding moment in the annals of the world is the triumph of some enthusiasm.
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                                                                                                                Quote 6206by Anonymous on 16/09/2011

                                                                                                                Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.
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                                                                                                                  Quote 6219by Anonymous on 16/09/2011

                                                                                                                  Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.
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                                                                                                                    Quote 6274by Anonymous on 17/09/2011

                                                                                                                    Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for his competitors, for it is that which all are practising every day while they live.
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                                                                                                                      Quote 6484by Anonymous on 19/09/2011

                                                                                                                      Let not a man guard his dignity, but let his dignity guard him.
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                                                                                                                        Quote 6523by Anonymous on 23/09/2011

                                                                                                                        Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.
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                                                                                                                          Quote 6646by Anonymous on 03/10/2011

                                                                                                                          The key to every man is his thought. Sturdy and defying though he look, he has a helm which he obeys, which is the idea after which all his facts are classified. He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own.
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                                                                                                                            Quote 6734by Anonymous on 06/10/2011

                                                                                                                            Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.
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                                                                                                                              Quote 6900by Anonymous on 13/10/2011

                                                                                                                              The adventitious beauty of poetry may be felt in the greater delight with a verse given in a happy quotation than in the poem.
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                                                                                                                                Quote 6954by Anonymous on 14/10/2011

                                                                                                                                Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.
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                                                                                                                                  Quote 6995by Anonymous on 15/10/2011

                                                                                                                                  Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could.
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                                                                                                                                    Quote 7063by Anonymous on 19/10/2011

                                                                                                                                    Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
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                                                                                                                                      Quote 7255by Anonymous on 29/10/2011

                                                                                                                                      The mind revels in conjecture. Where information is lacking, it will gladly fill in the gaps.
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                                                                                                                                        Quote 7459by Anonymous on 15/11/2011

                                                                                                                                        The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men around to his opinion twenty years later.
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                                                                                                                                          Quote 7512by Anonymous on 09/12/2011

                                                                                                                                          Whoever is open, loyal, true; of humane and affable demeanour; honourable himself, and in his judgement of others; faithful to his word as to law, and faithful alike to God and man....such a man is a true gentleman.
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                                                                                                                                            Quote 7536by Anonymous on 17/12/2011

                                                                                                                                            A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness.
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                                                                                                                                              Quote 8205by Anonymous on 28/04/2012

                                                                                                                                              Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.
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                                                                                                                                                Quote 8371by Anonymous on 07/05/2012

                                                                                                                                                Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.
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                                                                                                                                                  Quote 8416by Anonymous on 11/05/2012

                                                                                                                                                  Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.
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                                                                                                                                                    Quote 8557by Anonymous on 18/05/2012

                                                                                                                                                    Pictures must not be too picturesque.
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                                                                                                                                                      Quote 8598by Anonymous on 19/05/2012

                                                                                                                                                      The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.
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                                                                                                                                                        Quote 9080by Anonymous on 17/06/2012

                                                                                                                                                        As soon as there is life there is danger.
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                                                                                                                                                          Quote 9413by Anonymous on 30/07/2012

                                                                                                                                                          The first wealth is health.
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                                                                                                                                                            Quote 9795by Anonymous on 23/08/2012

                                                                                                                                                            He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses.
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                                                                                                                                                              Quote 9818by Anonymous on 25/08/2012

                                                                                                                                                              The years teach much which the days never know.
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                                                                                                                                                                Quote 9975by Anonymous on 07/09/2012

                                                                                                                                                                Colleges hate geniuses, just as convents hate saints.
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                                                                                                                                                                  Quote 10113by Anonymous on 13/09/2012

                                                                                                                                                                  All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
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                                                                                                                                                                    Quote 10182by Anonymous on 16/09/2012

                                                                                                                                                                    Science does not know its debt to imagination.
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                                                                                                                                                                      Quote 10266by Anonymous on 25/09/2012

                                                                                                                                                                      In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.
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                                                                                                                                                                        Quote 10436by Anonymous on 03/10/2012

                                                                                                                                                                        Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes.
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                                                                                                                                                                          Quote 10540by Anonymous on 11/10/2012

                                                                                                                                                                          Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.
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                                                                                                                                                                            Quote 10708by Anonymous on 21/10/2012

                                                                                                                                                                            Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner.
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                                                                                                                                                                              Quote 10714by Anonymous on 22/10/2012

                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                Quote 10895by Anonymous on 07/11/2012

                                                                                                                                                                                No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.
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                                                                                                                                                                                  Quote 11001by Anonymous on 15/11/2012

                                                                                                                                                                                  All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.
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                                                                                                                                                                                    Quote 11279by Anonymous on 09/12/2012

                                                                                                                                                                                    What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.
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                                                                                                                                                                                      Quote 11514by Anonymous on 06/01/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                      Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.
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                                                                                                                                                                                        Quote 11942by Anonymous on 03/02/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                        The faith that stands on authority is not faith.
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                                                                                                                                                                                          Quote 12109by Anonymous on 02/03/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                          Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.
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                                                                                                                                                                                            Quote 12176by Anonymous on 15/03/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                            Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
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                                                                                                                                                                                              Quote 12295by Anonymous on 23/03/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                              The bitterest tragic element in life to be derived from an intellectual source is the belief in a brute Fate or Destiny.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                Quote 12927by Anonymous on 02/06/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                It is easy in the world to live after the 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 independence of solitude.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                  Quote 12944by Anonymous on 04/06/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Earth laughs in flowers.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                    Quote 13041by Anonymous on 13/06/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Every artist was first an amateur.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      Quote 13255by Anonymous on 01/07/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                        Quote 13435by Anonymous on 22/07/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                          Quote 13440by Anonymous on 22/07/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                            Quote 13670by Anonymous on 18/08/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              Quote 13869by Anonymous on 12/09/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                              All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                Quote 13918by Anonymous on 18/09/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Quote 14000by Anonymous on 06/10/2013

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.
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