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American poet
(1819 - 1891)
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There comes Emerson first, whose rich words, every one,
  Are like gold nails in temples to hang trophies on.
      - A Fable for Critics [Words]

For there's nothing we read of in torture's inventions,
  Like a well-meaning dunce, with the best of intentions.
      - A Fable for Critics (l. 250) [Motive]

Her new bark is worse than ten times her old bite.
      - A Fable for Critics (l. 28) [Faults]

And folks are beginning to think it looks odd,
  To choke a poor scamp for the glory of God.
      - A Fable for Critics (l. 492) [Law]

Got the ill name of augurs, because they were bores.
      - A Fable for Critics (l. 55) [Bores]

But he turned up his nose at their murmuring and shamming,
  And cared (shall I say?) not a d--n for their damning;
    So they first read him out of their church and next minute
      Turned round and declared he had never been in it.
      - A Fable for Critics (l. 876) [Religion]

Get but the truth once uttered, and 'tis like
  A star new-born that drops into its place
    And which, once circling in its placid round,
      Not all the tumult of the earth can shake.
      - A Glance Behind the Curtain (l. 173)

No man is born into the world whose work
  Is not born with him: there is always work,
    And tools to work withal, for those who will;
      And blessed are the horny hand of toil!
      - A Glance Behind the Curtain (l. 202)

Nature, they say, doth dote,
  And cannot make a man
    Save on some worn-out plan
      Repeating us by rote:
        For him her Old World moulds aside she threw
          And, choosing sweet clay from the breast
            Of the unexhausted West,
              With stuff untainted shaped a hero new.
      - A Hero New,
        ode at the Harvard Commemoration, VI
        [Creation : Lincoln, Abraham]

The future works out great men's destinies;
  The present is enough for common souls,
    Who, never looking forward, are indeed
      Mere clay wherein the footprints of their age
        Are petrified forever.
      - Act for Truth [Destiny]

When I could not sleep for cold
  I had fire enough in my brain,
    And builded with roofs of gold
      My beautiful castles in Spain!
      - Aladdin (st. 1) [Imagination]

It ["The Ancient Mariner"] is marvellous in its mastery over that delightfully fortuitous inconsequence that is the adamantine logic of dreamland.
      - Among My Books--Coleridge [Poetry]

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
      - Among My Books--Dryden [Solitude]

Truly there is a tide in the affairs of men; but there is no gulf-stream setting forever in one direction.
      - Among My Books--First Series--New England Two Centuries Ago

Aspiration sees only one side of every question; possession, many.
      - Among My Books--New England Two Centuries Ago

But it was in making education not only common to all, but in some sense compulsory on all, that the destiny of the free republics of America was practically settled.
      - Among My Books--New England Two Centuries Ago

Puritanism, believing itself quick with the seed of religious liberty, laid, without knowing it, the egg of democracy.
      - Among My Books--New England Two Centuries Ago
        [Democracy : Religion]

There is no better ballast for keeping the mind steady on its keel, and saving it from all risk of crankiness, than business.
      - Among My Books--New England Two Centuries Ago

Every man feels instinctively that all the beautiful sentiments
  in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.
      - Among My Books--Rousseau and the Sentimentalists

Sentiment is intellectualized emotion, emotion precipitated, as it were, in pretty crystals by the fancy.
      - Among My Books--Rousseau and the Sentimentalists

Talent in that which is in a man's power! Genius is that in whose power a man is.
      - Among my Books--Rousseau and the Sentimentalists

There is no work of genius which has not been the delight of mankind, no word of genius to which the human heart and soul have not, sooner or later, responded.
      - Among My Books--Rousseau and the Sentimentalists

The soil out of which such men as he are made is good to be born on, good to die for and to be buried in.
      - Among My Books--Second Series--Garfield

A wise scepticism is the first attribute of a good critic.
      - Among My Books--Shakespeare Once More

One thorn of experience is worth a whole wilderness of warning.
      - Among My Books--Shakespeare Once More

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