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More from Ralph Waldo Emerson

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.

Essays: Second Series, New England Reformers (1844)

Men achieve a certain greatness unawares, when working to another aim.

A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.

Essays, "Character," 1844

The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men round to his opinion twenty years later.

The Conduct of Life (1860)

The first in time and the first in importance of the influences upon the mind is that of nature. Every day, the sun; and after sunset, night and her stars. Ever the winds blow; ever the grass grows.

Oration, August 31, 1837