Tag Archives: Ralph Waldo Emerson

Thought For the Day: The Shadow of A Man Is Determined By Character

“Every great institution is the lengthened shadow of a single man. His character determines the character of the organization.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (25 May 1803-1882)      

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Thought For the Day: Language Is the Architecture of this World Built By Everyone

“Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone. “– Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)      

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Thought For the Day: Faith Looks Up, Not Around Or Back

“Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson      

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Thought For the Day: Wisdom Goes Beyond Mere Recitation of Memorized Words

We are students of words; we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: Words Are Actions Are Words

“Words are also actions, and actions are a kind of words.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)      

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Thought For the Day: Thought Is the Blossom

“Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, writer and philosopher (1803-1882)        

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Manners – Ralph Waldo Emerson

We have previously discussed Emerson as well as his series of famous essays.  It would be of some worth to go back and review this material.  For the time being, I would like to recommend the following as a great … Continue reading

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Time Spent On the Harvard Classics: Stonehenge – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s biggest long term influence in culture was first and foremost as the leader of the transcendentalist movement in mid-19th century America.  As such, he was seen as championing individualism and a leading critic of the pressures from … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: The Purpose of Life Is to Make A Difference

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”  – Ralph Waldo Emerson Over and over, … Continue reading

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Thought For the Day: The True Test of Civilization Is Revealed In Character

“The true test of civilization is, not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops –  no, but the kind of man the country turns out.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson For an interesting take on how the above … Continue reading

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