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"Ralph Waldo Emerson would definitely be my homeboy." - Rainn Wilson

"The ancestor of every action is a thought. -Ralph Waldo Emerson" - David Allen

"The landscape belongs to the person who looks at it..." -Ralph Waldo Emerson" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Our high respect for a well-read man is praise enough for literature. - Ralph Waldo Emerson" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"My Mt. Rushmore of hero worship would include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Marcus Aurelius, Frank Sinatra and Barry White." - Karen Duffy

"When [Ralph Waldo] Emerson visited Thoreau in jail and asked, 'What are you doing in there?' it was reported that Thoreau replied, 'What are you doing out there?'" - Howard Zinn

"For character, to prepare for the inevitable I recommend selections from [Ralph Waldo] Emerson. His writings have done for me far more than all other reading." - Rutherford B Hayes

"Dad said I would always be "high minded and low waged" from reading too much Ralph Waldo Emerson. Maybe he was right." - Jim Harrison

"Let every man shovel out his own snow, and the whole city will be passable," said Gamache. Seeing Beauvoir's puzzled expression he added, "Emerson." "Lake and Palmer?" "Ralph and Waldo." - Louise Penny

"I have not, in general, much belief in the ability of woman as a creative artist. Unwritten lyrics, as [Ralph Waldo] Emerson said once when we conversed on this subject, should be her forte." - Fredrika Bremer

"What a new face courage puts on everything. - Ralph Waldo Emerson To be seventy years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be forty years old." - Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr

"In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs. RALPH WALDO EMERSON, Journals and Miscellaneous Notebooks Greek architecture is the perfect flowering of geometry." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"In 1848, Thoreau went to jail for refusing, as a protest against the Mexican war, to pay his poll tax. When RW Emerson came to bail him out, Emerson said, 'Henry, what are you doing in there?' Thoreau quietly replied, 'Ralph, what are you doing out there?'" - Henry David Thoreau

"The rules!" shouted Ralph, "you're breaking the rules!" "Who cares?" - William Golding

"Ralph Lauren was borin' before I worn him" - Kanye West

"Friend Ralph, thou hast Outrun the constable at last." - Samuel Butler (poet)

"Consider for a moment any beauty in the name Ralph." - Frank Zappa

"If, as Emerson wrote, every word was once an idea, every cliche was once a revelation." - Bradford Morrow

"More and more Emerson recedes grandly into history, as the future he predicted becomes a past." - Robert Penn Warren

"[Emerson] was interested not in the bookworm, not even in the thinker, only in Man Thinking." - Robert D. Richardson

"To spend each day with some laughter and some thought, to get your emotions going. To be enthusiastic every day and as Ralph Waldo Emerson said, 'Nothing great could be accomplished without enthusiasm,' to keep your dreams alive in spite of problems whatever you have. The ability to be able to work hard for your dreams to come true, to become a reality." - Jim Valvano

"Ralph Waldo Emerson once asked what we would do if the stars only came out once every thousand years. No one would sleep that night, of course. The world would become religious overnight. We would be ecstatic, delirious, made rapturous by the glory of God. Instead the stars come out every night, and we watch television." - Paul Hawken

"President Heber J. Grant often quoted the following statement, which is sometimes attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson: "That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do-not that the nature of the thing is changed, but that our power to do is increased.'" - Heber J Grant

"God invented mankind because he loved silly stories. Ralph Steadman I like being absurd." - Jimmy Fallon

"Some things have to be believed to be seen. -Ralph Hodgson" - Ann Brashares

"I love Don Williams records, and old Ralph Stanley and Bill Monroe." - Dan Fogelberg

"Silence, ye wolves! While Ralph to Cynthia howls, And makes night hideous;- Answer him, ye owls!" - Alexander Pope

"The skull regarded Ralph like one who knows all the answers but won't tell." - William Golding

"No they called it the Codex Merlini because it was written by a guy named Ralph." - Karen Chance

"Don't write, Ralph. You'll bring shame on your family. ' - Hunter S. Thompson -" - Ralph Steadman

"Michael Ralph brilliantly plays the street prophet, a West Indian who foreshadows the Harlem riot." - Debbie Allen

"I like how Ralph Lauren creates a mystical world through his clothing." - Ezra Koenig

"He had gone to the higher Sierras... [about Ralph Waldo Emerson's death]" - John Muir

"I have even written a book about Wine called The Grapes of Ralph." - Ralph Steadman

"Watching my dad, Ralph Lauren, design clothes when I was young, I was always inspired." - Dylan Lauren

"You are softening toward the young rascal because he is ill, and because he says he likes cats." "It is an engaging quality, Emerson." "That depends," said Emerson darkly, "on how he likes them." - Barbara Mertz

"There comes Emerson first, whose rich words, every one, Are like gold nails in temples to hang trophies on." - James Russell Lowell

"I don't expect people who listen to Emerson, Lake, and Palmer to come hear me. I accept that reality." - Cecil Taylor

"Sandra Day O'Connor - once she said that there are - there were no public schools in America until the 18th century, and she overlooked my alma mater because we started - I say we - in 1635. And among the people who went there - and they're on - the walls in the auditorium, the names are: Ralph Waldo Emerson and Cotton Mather, Benjamin Franklin, except he split when he was 10 years old to go to work." - Nat Hentoff

"Quotations are the backbone of much of literature, and of the transmission of art and thought more generally.... Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. The delight is our natural response to the monuments of creativity and wisdom, kept alive by quotations, a communal bond uniting us with past culture and with other lovers of words and ideas in our own time." - Fred R. Shapiro

"Ralph Lauren and Valentino have a lot of common. Ralph Lauren was one of the first really to put himself at the center of the story, and Valentino was even earlier." - Matt Tyrnauer

"Ralph could you please sit down and behave yourself or we are going to have to throw you out. As a matter of fact Ralph can you leave right now?....Ok sit down." - Brandon DiCamillo

"Ralph Nader is a hero. I know Ralph, and I call him up occasionally. He's helped me out on a couple of occasions when I've given speeches to corporations where he'd have a good... He'd give me some good information." - Al Franken

"In Botswana in the Kalahari Desert there's a tented camp called Jack's Camp, which is like old Africa meets Ralph Lauren. The Oriental rugs, the old leather chairs - you feel like you've just jumped out of a Ralph Lauren ad." - Mark Burnett

"John Kerry met with Ralph Nader last week. Both sides of every issue were discussed. And then, Nader spoke." - Jay Leno

"Listening to the Fifth Symphony of Ralph Vaughan Williams is like staring at a cow for 45 minutes." - Aaron Copland

"I know what I wish Ralph Nader would investigate next. Marriage. It's not safe, it's not safe at all." - Jean Kerr

"I was talking to Donna Karan at an event and she said, "You know, Ralph, I still don't feel rich."" - Ralph Lauren

"Ralph [ Nader] is an old friend of mine, and he does a useful job in displaying a position." - John Kenneth Galbraith

"I would have liked to have worked with Ralph Richardson and Paul Scofield, but they're dead now." - Charles Dance

"I think Ralph Nader is the biggest liar in American politics when he said it didn't matter who was president." - James Carville

"I'm sure if you dig deep, Joe and Ralph Fiennes do it because they want to be noticed." - Steve Guttenberg

"I told Mr. Nader today that a vote for Ralph Nader is really a vote for George Bush." - Barbara Lee

"Most thoughtful Americans of today seem to have forgotten how strongly their own and immediate predecessors, Emerson, Hawthorne and Whitman, were still preoccupied with the essence behind things." - Johan Huizinga

"I wouldn't know where to start." "He who chooses the beginning of the road chooses the place it leads to." "Thoreau?" "Harry Emerson Fosdick..." - Kami Garcia

"I could...see in Emerson...that had he lived in those days when the world was made, he might have offered some valuable suggestions." - Herman Melville

"To laugh often and much ... this is to have succeeded. Probably not from Emerson: here's the full quotation and the story." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I sometimes wonder what it would be like to be the respected patriarch of an ordinary English family." "Very boring, Emerson." - Barbara Mertz

"The great spiritual geniuses, whether it was Moses, Buddha, Plato, Socrates, Jesus, or Emerson..... have taught man to look within himself to find God." - Ernest Holmes

"Emerson said, Do you love me? means Do you see the same truth?-Or at least, "Do you care about the same truth?" - C S Lewis

"Emerson, Lake & Palmer or King Crimson or Gentle Giant - the worst prog rock references I can come up with. Though I totally loved those groups as a kid." - Duncan Sheik

"Emerson said that music helps people to find the greatness in their souls. The same can be said about any form of art." - Leo Tolstoy

"'Life', said Emerson, "consists in what a man is thinking all day." If that be so, then my life is nothing but a big intestine." - Henry Miller

"The antidote to hubris, to overweening pride, is irony, that capacity to discover and systematize ideas. Or, as Emerson insisted, the development of consciousness, consciousness, consciousness." - Ralph Ellison

"You can learn more by going to the opera than you ever can by reading Emerson. Like that there are two sexes." - David Markson

"Michael Emerson is just a prince. There's something about him. He's so sweet. I don't know how to describe it. There's something about him that's a bit royal." - Sarah Shahi

"My favorite bands were Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Jethro Tull, Uriah Heep, Grand Funk Railroad. If you listen to some of my early music, you can hear it." - John Tesh

"It may be that Emerson is going to hell, but of one thing I am certain; he will change the climate there, and emigration will set that way." - Edward Taylor

"It is difficult to be funny and great at the same time. Aristophanes and Moliere and Mark Twain must sit below Aristotle and Bossuet and Emerson." - Stephen Leacock

"Dreams require down payments. Dreams are free, but the journey isn't. There is a price to pay. First, you must pay the price of dealing with criticism from people who matter. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, 'Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.' Second, you must pay the price of overcoming your fears. Failure, rejection, and looking foolish are common fears - but they are just feelings that can be conquered and removed from your thoughts. Finally, you must be willing to pay the price of hard work in order to realize your dream." - John C Maxwell

"When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You can't make them change if they don't want to, just like when they do want to, you can't stop them. "A man is what he thinks about all day long." [Ralph Waldo Emerson] Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting. Aldous Huxley" - Andy Warhol

"When people are ready to, they change. They never do it before then, and sometimes they die before they get around to it. You ca' make them change if they do' want to, just like when they do want to, you ca' stop them. "A man is what he thinks about all day long." [Ralph Waldo Emerson] Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant and interesting. Aldous Huxley" - Andy Warhol

"The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him. That remark in itself wouldn't make any sense if quoted as it stands. The average man ought to be allowed a quotation of no less than three sentences, one to make his statement and two to explain what he meant. Ralph Waldo Emerson was about the only one who could stand having his utterances broken up into sentence quotations, and every once in a while even he doesn't sound so sensible in short snatches." - Robert Benchley

"The surest way to make a monkey of a man is to quote him. That remark in itself would' make any sense if quoted as it stands. The average man ought to be allowed a quotation of no less than three sentences, one to make his statement and two to explain what he meant. Ralph Waldo Emerson was about the only one who could stand having his utterances broken up into sentence quotations, and every once in a while even he does' sound so sensible in short snatches." - Robert Benchley

"I spent a lot of years working for Ralph Lauren, and he had so many copycats, from Tommy Hilfiger to Abercrombie & Fitch to J.Crew." - John Varvatos

"John Kerry and Ralph Nader met face-to-face, it was a historic meeting. Astronomers said today their meeting actually created what is called a 'charisma black hole.'" - Jay Leno

"Ralph Nader has slavery reparations on his platform, which makes me think he's not serious. If he thought he could win he wouldn't even say that." - Dave Chappelle

"Ralph also took some classes in philosophy and literature and felt himself on the brink of some kind of huge discovery about himself. But it never came." - Raymond Carver

"Ralph... would treat the day's decisions as though he were playing chess. The only trouble was that he would never be a very good chess player." - William Golding

"Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man's heart, and the fall through the air of the true, wise friend called Piggy." - William Golding

"Ralph (Houk) brought out the best in everybody, and that included me. I consider myself lucky to have played for him." - Mickey Mantle

"I have been in the witness protection program for the last three weeks. I campaigned for Ralph Nader. I'm now living as a woman in Mississippi." - Phil Donahue

"Fans always ask, What did the bedroom look like? All they ever saw was Alice or Ralph going in and out." - Audrey Meadows

"I used to want to be the black dude in The Last Dragon. I wanted to be Ralph Tresvant from New Edition - I thought he was super cool." - Deon Cole

"Ralph Lemon is my idol. But music is my biggest passion. Frank Ocean's 'Pyramids' is on repeat. That kind of stuff with Frank Ocean makes me cry." - Kyle Abraham

"I spent a lot of years working for Ralph Lauren, and he had so many copycats, from Tommy Hilfiger to Abercrombie & Fitch to J.Crew." - John Varvatos

"I like a lot of Ralph Lauren and classic styles... My style has changed in that I'm willing to try more things." - Troian Bellisario

"Big business never pays a nickel in taxes, according to Ralph Nader, who represents a big consumer organization that never pays a nickel in taxes." - Dave Barry

"I have to admit that I was a little nervous when I showed up for my first official 'Wreck-It Ralph' recording session." - Jane Lynch

"In my day, in my era, Ralph McDaniels, just being five and being at his block party, you could just got onstage." - Lil Mama

"I love nice things - I consider Ralph Lauren sheets to be a necessity, not a luxury - but I've known what it's like to be poor." - Martine Mccutcheon

"Fans always ask, 'What did the bedroom look like?' All they ever saw was Alice or Ralph going in and out." - Audrey Meadows

"I'm a boots girl. The most I've ever spent on clothing is a pair of Ralph Lauren boots that go over the knee but can also fold down." - Jamielynn Sigler

"I don't listen to the radio too much, but usually I listen to Stanley Brothers and Ralph Stanley more than I do anybody!" - Ralph Stanley

"Arnold Rampersad's stunningly revealing biography has, at long last, unveiled-in magisterial prose-the very complex and vulnerable man behind Ralph Ellison's own masks and myths. One of the nation's most brilliant writers emerges as all the more fascinating precisely because he was so very human. Painstakingly researched and compellingly written, Ralph Ellison is a masterwork of the genre of literary biography." - Henry Louis Gates

"Maybe, he said hesitantly, maybe there is a beast. The assembly cried out savagely and Ralph stood up in amazement. You, Simon? You believe in this? I don't know, said Simon. His heartbeats were choking him. [...] Ralph shouted. Hear him! He's got the conch! What I mean is . . . maybe it's only us. Nuts! That was from Piggy, shocked out of decorum." - William Golding

"And Ralph Nader, God bless him, still out there campaigning. Ralph Nader said today he has set a record for the most campaign speeches given in one day. He gave 21 speeches in one day. Of course, we have to take his word for it, because of course, there are no witnesses." - Jay Leno

"If Ralph Nader runs, President Bush is going to be re-elected, and if Ralph Nader doesn't run, President Bush is going to be re-elected. We're going to run on the president's strong and principled leadership and his positive agenda for a second term." - Ed Gillespie

"I wasn't aware of my dad being an actor when I was young. I remember there was an Australian children's entertainer on television called Ralph Harris and when I'd say my father was an actor, kids would say, you know, 'oh, is he Ralph Harris?' And I had to say no and then they would lose interest." - Jared Harris

"I've done so many funny jobs. I worked at a farmer's market through high school. I worked in the stock room of Ralph Lauren. I graduated to salesperson at Ralph Lauren, which was a big deal to me. I've been a P.A. I've been a stand-in. I've been an assistant's assistant." - Allison Williams

"I love Polo. I have a lot of Ralph Lauren suits. I got Dolce, I got a little bit of everything. And my favorite thing about Ralph Lauren is that he puts the number three on a lot of his clothes, so I feel like it's meant for me." - Chris Paul

"Emerson, I am trying to live, as you said we must, the examined life. But there are days I wish there was less in my head to examine, not to speak of the busy heart." - Mary Oliver

""All government in essence," says Emerson, "is tyranny." It matters not whether it is government by divine right or majority rule. In every instance its aim is the absolute subordination of the individual." - Emma Goldman

"We have learned the simple truth, as Emerson said that the only way to have a friend is to be one. We can gain no lasting peace if we approach it with suspicion or mistrust or with fear." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"Of the creative spirits that flourished in Concord, Massachusetts, during the middle of the nineteenth century, it might be said that Hawthorne loved men but felt estranged from them, Emerson loved ideas even more than men, and Thoreau loved himself." - Leon Edel

"Of the creative spirits that flourished in Concord, Massachusetts, it might be said that Hawthorne loved men but felt estranged from them, Emerson loved ideas even more than men, and Thoreau loved himself." - Leon Edel

"I went to Concord, a young woman from the backwoods, firm in belief that Emerson was the first of living men. He was the modern Moses who had talked with God apart and could interpret Him to us." - Rebecca Harding Davis

"I didn't care at all about losing, but I just didn't want Emerson to feel bad, You know, I didn't win, but Felicity won, and when you come to the set next time, you can give her a big congratulations." - Teri Hatcher

"I was quite intimidated by Ralph Fiennes. I didn't really talk to him while I was doing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the only thing I did with him was when he stepped on my head. Then I went to this play and he was there. And this girl said, "you've worked with Ralph Fiennes haven't you, Robert?" and I was like, "well, no..." and Ralph said, "yes, I stepped on your head." And that was the extent of our conversation." - Robert Pattinson

"I was quite intimidated by Ralph Fiennes. I didn't really talk to him while I was doing Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and the only thing I did with him was when he stepped on my head. Then I went to this play and he was there. And this girl said, "you've worked with Ralph Fiennes haven't you, Robert?" and I was like, "well, no..." and Ralph said, "yes, I stepped on your head." And that was the extent of our conversation." - Robert Pattinson

"I am not looking like Armani today and somebody else tomorrow. I look like Ralph Lauren. And my goal is to constantly move in fashion and move in style without giving up what I am." - Ralph Lauren

"I know there isn't no beast-not with claws and all that, I mean-but I know there isn't no fear, either." Piggy paused. "Unless-" Ralph moved restlessly. "Unless what?" "Unless we get frightened of people." - William Golding

"Ralph Stanley is like an uncle to us and now that all my uncles are gone, Ralph's singing is even more precious. This album of classic folk songs is one of his best." - Garrison Keillor

"I voted for Ralph Nader in 2000, but I will not make that mistake again. The joke is over for Nader. He was funny once, but now he belongs to the dead." - Hunter S Thompson

"Love is when you realize that he's as sexy as Woody Allen, as smart as Jimmy Connors, as funny as Ralph Nader, as athletic as Henry Kissinger and nothing like Robert Redford - but you'll take him anyway." - Judith Viorst

"I went to jail 44 times. I've been beaten and left for dead on the side of the road fighting for freedom. . . . Yet Rosa Parks is better known in history than Ralph David Abernathy. Why is that?" - Ralph Abernathy

"The research in Ralph Keyes' The Quote Verifier is impressive, and each conclusion is like the solution to a real-life historical mystery. Who knew a reference book could be so entertaining?" - Will Shortz

"It was lucky that Ralph [Fiennes] is someone who understands both film and theater and we were able to understand that scene so well before we took it to the set." - Felicity Jones

"Ralph Angel was such a great character. The single-father image has been portrayed in so many ways so having the ability to be a part of that narrative excites me!" - Kofi Siriboe

"Ralph Angel, for me, was about getting in touch with the similarities between the characters. I felt like he was a human being that I knew and [somebody] that I've been and am currently still exploring." - Kofi Siriboe

"I met a woman who photographed celebrity dogs for a book, and she told me that Ralph Lauren's dog is named Rugby. I said, Yeah, but his real name is Stickball." - Bill Murray

"On Election Day, Ralph Nader will appear on the presidential ballot in only 45 states. Yeah, Nader said, this is really disappointing, I wanted to embarrass myself in all 50 states. That was the plan." - Conan O'Brien

"I went to jail 44 times. I've been beaten and left for dead on the side of the road fighting for freedom... Yet Rosa Parks is better known in history than Ralph David Abernathy. Why is that?" - Ralph Abernathy

"I'm not a fashion architect. I don't dress in Ralph Lauren and Gucci. When I buy a suit, I buy it at J. Press. I have a blue blazer that I wear 80 percent of the time." - Peter Eisenman

"I've always worn a lot of Ralph Lauren, and plaid shirts in general have been a signature piece for me. With plaid, you can look super-relaxed or you can look a bit dressed up." - Avicii

"I'm a big Ralph Lauren girl, but I love vintage clothing. I like the whole western jeans and boots style. I love vintage T-shirts and flannels, and there's nothing like a great vintage sweatshirt." - Lecy Goranson

"I have made a public statement about me and Ralph by being seen with him. I don't need to make any other. You can live the way you want." - Francesca Annis

"The Clinton era is over. I think that there would even have been a certain amount of rejoicing among some Republicans if Gore had won or if Ralph Nader had won or if Satan had won." - Tucker Carlson

"I admire Ralph Nader and Denis Kucinich very much, and insofar as they bring up issues and carry out an educational and organisational function - that's important, and fine, and I support it." - Noam Chomsky

"Ralph Fiennes and Edward Norton are among my favorite actors." - Vance Joy

"I had some good teachers. One of the greatest teachers I've had is bluegrass music: going back and listening to Bill Monroe's music, the Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs. When I was with Ralph Stanley I learned a lot from him." - Ricky Skaggs

"My father firmly embraced the Ralph Kramden philosophy: he was king of his Levittown castle. He worked hard, and his family deferred to his wishes. Except me. I did not defer and was disciplined accordingly." - Bill O'Reilly

"I had some good teachers. One of the greatest teachers I've had is bluegrass music: going back and listening to Bill Monroe's music, the Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs. When I was with Ralph Stanley I learned a lot from him." - Ricky Skaggs

"I am a bit in love with a new designer, George Hobeika; I have worn him a couple of times on the carpet. Ralph Lauren is another one I really have fun with." - Darby Stanchfield

"I love Ralph Lauren, just as a designer. I still think he could make some better sizes with his clothes, but I like the idea of his classic American style." - Queen Latifah

"Designing is so easy - it's the business that is hard. That's why you really have to respect Ralph Lauren - look at what he's done. Anybody who can sustain themselves should be applauded." - Thom Browne

"My father firmly embraced the Ralph Kramden philosophy: he was king of his Levittown castle. He worked hard, and his family deferred to his wishes. Except me. I did not defer and was disciplined accordingly." - Bill Oreilly

"To me, success is when you can walk into Ralph's and buy anything you want. Ultimate success, however, is when Ralph can walk into you and buy anything he wants." - Brent Weinbach

"Ralph Fiennes was a big hero of mine acting-wise growing up and while I was training. I just find him so watchable. He was playing this very intimidating character when we worked together and it certainly felt like he was in character off set as well! He was very cool. Before a scene, he'd be like, "Come on. Let's improvise. Let's just do stuff." But Jesus Christ. He's Ralph Fiennes!" - Jeremy Irvine

"Infatuation is when you think he's as sexy as Robert Redford, as smart as Henry Kissinger, as noble as Ralph Nader, as funny as Woody Allen, and as athletic as Jimmy Conners. Love is when you realize that he's as sexy as Woody Allen, as smart as Jimmy Connors, as funny as Ralph Nader, as athletic as Henry Kissinger and nothing like Robert Redford - but you'll take him anyway." - Judith Viorst

"There is, as Emerson says, some central idea or conception of yourself by which all the facts of your life are arranged and classified. Change this central idea and you change the arrangement or classification of all the fact and circumstances of your life." - Wallace D. Wattles

"The most wonderful inspirational chemistry we can use on another is the gift of our love and acceptance. Devoted and unquestioned love has a magic creative power. The consciousness of being loved is an uplifting, saving, healing force that causes one to go on when otherwise it would be impossible to do so. "Love," said Emerson, "is the affirmative of affirmatives."" - Wilferd Peterson

"Mr. Emerson visited Thoreau at the jail, and the meeting between the two philosophers must have been interesting and somewhat dramatic. The account of the meeting was told me by Miss Maria Thoreau, Henry Thoreau's aunt: -Henry, why are you here? Waldo, why are you not here?" - Samuel Arthur Jones

"At times it has been doubtful to me if Emerson really knows or feels what Poetry is at its highest, as in the Bible, for instance, or Homer or Shakespeare. I see he covertly or plainly likes best superb verbal polish, or something old or odd." - Walt Whitman

"To hear him (Emerson) talk was like watching one crossing a brook on stepping-stones. His noun had to wait for its verb or its adjective until he was ready; then his speech would come down upon the word he wanted, and not Worcester nor Webster could better it from all the wealth of their huge vocabularies." - Oliver Wendell Holmes

"At times it has been doubtful to me if Emerson really knows or feels what Poetry is at its highest, as in the Bible, for instance, or Homer or Shakspeare. I see he covertly or plainly likes best superb verbal polish, or something old or odd" - Walt Whitman

"It's tragic how few people ever 'possess their souls' before they die. 'Nothing is more rare in any man', says Emerson, 'than an act of his own.' It is quite true. Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their life is a mimicry, their passions a quotation." - Oscar Wilde

"Emerson,' I said, choosing my words with care, 'it is a sheer drop from the cleft down to the base of the cliff. If you are bent on breaking your arm or your leg or your neck or all three, find a place closer to home so we won't have to carry you such a distance." - Barbara Mertz

"In his essay 'Self-Reliance' Emerson wrote, 'Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.' The Apostle Paul reminds us that whoso would be a Christian must also be a a nonconformist. Any Christian who blindly accepts the opinions of the majority and in fear and timidity follows a path of expediency and social approval is a mental and spiritual slave." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"India was China's teacher in religion and imaginative literature, and the world's teacher in trignometry, quandratic equations, grammar, phonetics, Arabian Nights, animal fables, chess, as well as in philosophy, and that she inspired Boccaccio, Goethe, Herder, Schopenhauer, Emerson, and probably also old Aesop." - Lin Yutang



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