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Ralph Waldo Emerson, Transcendentalist philosopher and critic of religion, was a popular lecturer in his day. Many have quoted him from his essays, journals, and speeches.

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The thing done avails, and not what is said about it.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

We become what we think about all day long.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes we receive the power to say yes to life. Then peace enters us and makes us whole.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The First wealth is health.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give me health and a day, and I will make the pomp of emperors ridiculous.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Is not prayer a study of truth? No one ever prayed heartily without learning something.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful; for beauty is God’s handwriting – a wayside sacrament.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty without expression is boring.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson
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