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Ralph Waldo Emerson – Religion that is afraid of science

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Ralph Waldo EmersonThe Religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide. It acknowledges that it is not equal to the whole of truth, that it legislates, tyrannizes over a village of God’s empires but is not the immutable universal law. Every influx of atheism, of skepticism is thus made useful as a mercury pill assaulting and removing a diseased religion and making way for truth.

Ralph Waldo Emerson   (1803-1882)

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Ralph Waldo Emerson – Always someone to tell you that you are wrong

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Ralph Waldo EmersonWhatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson   (1803-1882)

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Ralph Waldo Emerson – It is easy to live after the world’s opinion

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Ralph Waldo EmersonIt is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

Ralph Waldo Emerson   (1803-1882)

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Ralph Waldo Emerson – Music is an asylum

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Ralph Waldo EmersonSo is music an asylum. It takes us out of the actual and whispers to us dim secrets that startle our wonder as to who we are, and for what, whence and whereto. All the great interrogatories, like questioning angels, float in on its waves of sound.

Ralph Waldo Emerson   (1803-1882)

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Ralph Waldo Emerson – Meek young men group up in libraries

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Ralph Waldo EmersonMeek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views, which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon, have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries when they wrote these books.

Ralph Waldo Emerson   (1803-1882)

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Ralph Waldo Emerson – Nature is always consistent . . .

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Ralph Waldo EmersonNature is always consistent, though she feigns to contravene her own laws. She keeps her laws, and seems to transcend them. She arms and equips an animal to find its place and living in the earth, and at the same time she arms and equips another animal to destroy it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson   (1803-1882)

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