portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson
1847 photo by Southworth & Hawes, from the George Eastman House Collection

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Quotes of the Day for 25 May 2001 – Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the most prolific sources in most lists of quotations is the American poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson, born this day in 1803. My database includes at least 200 entries from Emerson, here are just a few.

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You will find an expanded profile, photo, additional biographical links, and all quotes from this author on the author's Notable Quotable page.

The quotes:

Body: A thing of shreds and patches, borrowed unequally from good and bad ancestors and a misfit from the start.

If a man have a genius for painting, poetry, music, architecture, or philosophy, he makes a bad husband, and an ill provider.

That which we do not call education is more precious than that which we call so.

Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful.

Every man I meet is in some way my superior.

I hate quotations.
     - All from Ralph Waldo Emerson

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