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RALPH WALDO EMERSON : 25 May 1803 - 27 April 1882

Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

"Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you, the society of your contemporaries, the connection of events."

"Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong is against it."

"I do not wish to expiate, but to live. My life is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, then that it should be glittering and unsteady. I wish it to be sound and sweet, and not to need diet and bleeding."

"Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself."

"Your genuine action will explain itself and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing. Act singly, and what you have already done single will justify you now."

"The force of character is cumulative."

"He walks abreast with his days and feels no shame in not 'studying a profession', for he does not postpone his life, but lives already. He has not one chance, but a hundred chances."

"Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles."

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