What cannot stand must fall; and the measure of our sincerity and therefore of the respect of men, is the amount of health and wea lth we will hazard in the defence of our right. An old farmer, my neighbor across the fence, when I ask him if he is not going to town-meeting, says: "No, 't is no use balloting, for it will not stay; but what you do with the gun will stay so."

Ralph Waldo Emerson elections courage guns

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Be a little careful of your Library. Do you foresee what you will do with it? Very little to be sure. But the real question is, Wh at it will do with you? You will come here & get books that will open your eyes, & your ears, & your curiosity, & turn you inside out or outside in.

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I greet you at the beginning of a great career, which must yet have had a long foreground somewhere, for such a start. I rubbed my eyes a little to see if this sunbeam were no illusion; but the solid sense of the book is a sober certainty. It has the best merits, namely, of fortifying and encouraging.

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There is no one who does not exaggerate. In conversation, men are encumbered with personality, and talk too much.

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Solvency is maintained by means of a national debt, on the principle, "If you will not lend me the money, how can I pay you?"

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The Frenchman invented the ruffle; the Englishman added the shirt.

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