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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82)
QUOTATION: Don’t say things. What you are stands over you the while, and thunders so that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
ATTRIBUTION: RALPH WALDO EMERSON, “Social Aims,” Letters and Social Aims (vol. 8 of The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson), p. 96 (1917).

Based on a lecture delivered in Boston, Massachusetts, December 4, 1864.
SUBJECTS: Character