Ralph Waldo Emerson

The soul knows only the soul

The soul knows only the soul; the web of events is the flowing robe in which she is clothed.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world globes itself in a drop of dew

The world globes itself in a drop of dew. … The true doctrine of omnipresence is that God appears with all parts in every moss and cobweb.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The independence of solitude

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but great are those who in the midst of the crowd keep with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

What a strange power there is in silence

What a strange power there is in silence. How many resolutions are formed, how many sublime conquests effected, during that pause when lips are closed and the soul secretly feels the eye of her Maker upon her.

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To find the beautiful

Though we travel the world over
To find the beautiful
We must carry it with us
Or we will find it not.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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