| Ralph Waldo Emerson
1803 Boston 1882, Concord, Mass., amerikanischer Essayist, Dichter und Philosoph Links
|"A foolish consistency is the hobglobin of little
minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With
consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern
himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words,
and to-morrow speak what to- morrow thinks in hard words again, though it
contradict every thing you said to-day.»Ah, so you shall be sure to
be misunderstood.«Is it so bad then to be misunderstood? Pythagoras
was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and
Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be
great is to be misunderstood"
Self-Reliance, 1841, zitiert nach Lauter, Paul: The Heath Anthology of American Literature, 1998, S. 1626-27
"Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other."
soul has inalienable rights, and the first of these is Love."
Quelle ist mir nicht bekannt; wird oft zitiert
| "I hate quotations. Tell
me what you know."
The Wordsworth Dictionary of Quotations, Ware, 1996
"If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the rememberance of the city of God which had been shown!"
"Books are the best things, well used; abused, among the worst."
The American Scholar, 1837
"The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end."
"Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."
"The eye obeys exactly the action of the mind. When a thought strikes us, the eyes fix, and remain gazing at a distance; in enumerating the names of persons or of countries, as France, Germany, Spain, Turkey, the eyes wink at each new name."
The Conduct of Life, V. Behavior, 1860
"In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed."
|Concordance to the Collected Essays of Ralph Waldo
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