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   Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations.  1989.
 
 
NUMBER:641
AUTHOR:Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82)
QUOTATION:For what avail the plough or sail,
Or land or life, if freedom fail?
ATTRIBUTION:RALPH WALDO EMERSON, “Boston,” stanza 15, The Complete Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson, vol. 2, p. 897 (1929).

  These words were also inscribed on a plaque in the stairwell of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.
SUBJECTS:Freedom
WORKS:Ralph Waldo Emerson Collection
 
 
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