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Ralph Waldo Emerson – What lies within

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Ralph Waldo EmersonWhat lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson   (1803-1882)

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Ralph Waldo Emerson – Foolish legislation is a rope of sand

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Ralph Waldo EmersonThe wise know that foolish legislation is a rope of sand which perishes in the twisting; that the State must follow and not lead the character and progress of the citizen; . . . that the form of government which prevails is the expression of what cultivation exists in the population which permits it. The law is only a memorandum.

Ralph Waldo Emerson   (1803-1882)

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Ralph Waldo Emerson – There is no den to hide a rogue

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Ralph Waldo EmersonThere is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass. Commit a crime, and it seems as if a coat of snow fell on the ground, such as reveals in the woods the track of every partridge, and fox, and squirrel, and mole.

Ralph Waldo Emerson   (1803-1882)

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Ralph Waldo Emerson – Not much an advocate for traveling

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Ralph Waldo EmersonI am not much an advocate for traveling, and I observe that men run away to other countries because they are not good in their own, and run back to their own because they pass for nothing in the new places. For the most part, only the light characters travel. Who are you that have no task to keep you at home? I have been quoted as saying captious things about travel; but I mean to do justice. …. He that does not fill a place at home, cannot abroad. He only goes there to hide his insignificance in a larger crowd.

Ralph Waldo Emerson   (1803-1882)

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