Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Brief Info: American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century

Years Lived: 1803-1882

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A foolish consistency


A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.

From the essay Essential Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

— 1841

The time-worn yoke of their opinions

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He who should inspire and lead his race must be defended from travelling with the souls of other men, from living, breathing, reading, and writing in the daily, time-worn yoke of their opinions.

From the essay The Conduct of Life

— 1860

Finish every day and be done with it

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Finish every day and be done with it. For manners and for wise living it is a vice to remember. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in: forget them as fast as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it well and serenely, and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This day for all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the rotten yesterdays.

From the letter To Daughter Ellen

— 8 Apr 1854

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