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NUMBER: 1820
AUTHOR: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82)
QUOTATION: This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
ATTRIBUTION: RALPH WALDO EMERSON,The American Scholar,” oration delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Cambridge, Massachusetts, August 31, 1837.—Nature, Addresses and Lectures (vol. 3 of The Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson), p. 105 (1906).