portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Quotes of the Day for 25 May 2004 – Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of the most prolific sources in most lists of quotations is the American poet and essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson, born at Boston on this day in 1803. My database includes almost 300 entries from Emerson, I'll keep this short so I can run a couple of extras.

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The quotes:

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.

Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.

I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.

Men wish to be saved from the mischiefs of their vices, but not from their vices.

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.

The years teach much which the days never know.

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
     - All from Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803 - 1882

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