A man is what he thinks about all day long. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great. Ralph Waldo Emerson
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Beware what you set your heart upon. For it surely shall be yours. Ralph Waldo Emerson
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson
I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching. Ralph Waldo Emerson
A man must consider what a rich realm he abdicates when he becomes a conformist. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Best Ralph Waldo Emerson
Make the most of yourself for that is all there is of you.
If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and adore.
Speak the truth, and all nature and all spirits help you with unexpected furtherance.
Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis. (Journals 1822–1863)
Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.
Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.
The first wealth is health.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.
Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.
The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough. (Nature, Essay)
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
God will not have his work made manifest by cowards. Always, always, always, always, always do what you are afraid to do. Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.
We walk alone in the world. Friends, such as we desire, are dreams and fables.
Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.
Better to know a few things which are good and necessary than many things which are useless and mediocre.
Wherever a man comes, there comes revolution. The old is for slaves.
You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said God; you shall not have both.
The soul active sees absolute truth; and utters truth, or creates.
Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force, that thoughts rule the world.
We judge of man’s wisdom by his hope.
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The Most Famous Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes
A great man is always willing to be little. (Compensation, Essay)
Our strength grows out of our weakness. (Compensation, Essay)
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
Every artist was first an amateur.
I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.
We become what we think about all day long.
Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood.
An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
The years teach much which the days never know. (Essays: Second Series)
The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
Hitch your wagon to a star.
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Fake Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes (And Most Are Famous Too)
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. More info
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Our greatest strength lies not in never having fallen, but in rising every time we fall. More info
To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. More info
The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. More info
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Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. More info
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Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. More info
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.
Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door.
For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
Short Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes
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Imitation is suicide.
Life is our dictionary.
The one prudence in life is concentration.
Truth is our element.
Valor consists in the power of self recovery.
Life is a progress, and not a station.
Blame is safer than praise.
I hate quotations. Tell me what you know. (The Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Great men exist that there may be greater men. (Representative Men)
Live well, learn plenty, laugh often, love much.
Genius is religious. (The Over-Soul)
Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual. (Essays: First Series)
Give and it shall be given you. (Compensation, Essay)
A man is a god in ruins.
Science does not know its debt to imagination. (Letters and Social Aims)
Do the thing and you will have the power.
The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.
We acquire the strength we have overcome.
Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up.
This world belongs to the energetic.
Thought is the seed of action.
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Inspirational And Uplifting Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. (Self-Reliance and Other Essays)
There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that. Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for.
Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings.
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
He needs no library, for he has not done thinking; no church, for he is himself a prophet; no statute book, for he hath the Lawgiver; no money, for he is value itself; no road, for he is at home where he is.
But genius looks forward. The eyes of men are set in his forehead, not in his hindhead. Man hopes. Genius creates.
Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays.
Is it so bad then to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood. (Self-Reliance and Other Essays)
No facts are to me sacred; none are profane; I simply experiment, an endless seeker with no past at my back.
The invariable mark of a dream is to see it come true.
Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life’s cultivation: but of the adopted talent of another, you gave only an extemporaneous, half possession.
The one thing which we seek with insatiable desire is to forget ourselves, to be surprised out of our propriety, to lose our sempiternal memory and to do something without knowing how or why; in short to draw a new circle.
The way of life is wonderful. It is by abandonment. The great moments of history are the facilities of performance through the strength of ideas, as the works of genius and religion.
Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object.
Every genuine work of art has as much reason for being as the earth and the sun.
‘Tis not important how the hero does this or that, but what he is.
It will never make any difference to a hero what the laws are. His greatness will shine and accomplish itself unto the end, whether they second him or not.
Work and acquire, and thou hast chained the wheel of chance.
Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody. (Letters and Social Aims)
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Funny And Surprising Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes
My evening visitors, if they cannot see the clock should find the time in my face.
Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying.
Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.
A great man quotes bravely, and will not draw on his invention when his memory serves him with a word just as good. (Letters and Social Aims)
By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.
We do what we must, and call it by the best names we can. (Essays: Second Series)
Do what we can, summer will have its flies: if we walk in the woods, we must feed mosquitos: if we go a-fishing, we must expect a wet coat. (Essays: First Series)
Every really able man, in whatever direction he work,—a man of large affairs, an inventor, a statesman, an orator, a poet, a painter,—if you talk sincerely with him, considers his work, however much admired, as far short of what it should be.
The dull pray; the geniuses are light mockers. (Representative Men)
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Deep And Emotional Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes
People only see what they are prepared to see.
Every burned book enlightens the world.
Each of us sees in others what we carry in our own hearts.
The reality is more excellent than the report.
You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.
Money often costs too much.
Do that which is assigned you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much.
I chide society, I embrace solitude, and yet I am not so ungrateful as not to see the wise, the lovely and the noble-minded, as from time to time they pass my gate.
The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.
Violence is not power, but the absence of power.
We are reformers in spring and summer; in autumn and winter, we stand by the old; reformers in the morning, conservers at night.
Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and money not scarce?
A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.
Masses are rude, lame, unmade, pernicious in their demands and influence, and need not to be flattered, but to be schooled. I wish not to concede anything to them, but to tame, drill, divide, and break them up, and draw individuals out of them.
Go put your creed into the deed, nor speak with double tongue.
Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory.
Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning, and under every deep a lower deep opens.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.
Conversation is a game of circles. In conversation we pluck up the termini which bound the common of silence on every side.
Everything in the universe goes by indirection. There are no straight lines.
Do not believe that possibly you can escape the reward of your action.
Public opinion, I am sorry to say, will bear a great deal of nonsense. There is scarcely any absurdity so gross, whether in religion, politics, science or manners, which it will not bear.
No matter how you seem to fatten on a crime, there can never be good for the bee which is bad for the hive.
Shall we then judge a country by the majority, or by the minority? By the minority, surely.
For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?
The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius the stern friend.
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Wise Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes (Words of Wisdom)
We aim above the mark to hit the mark.
The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.
Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.
Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.
If you would lift me you must be on higher ground. If you would liberate me you must be free. If you would correct my false view of facts, — hold up to me the same facts in the true order of thought, and I cannot go back from the new conviction. (Society and Solitude)
Every excess causes a defect; every defect an excess. Every sweet hath its sour; every evil its good. (Compensation, Essay)
Heroism feels and never reasons and therefore is always right.
The good are befriended even by weakness and defect. As no man had ever a point of pride that was not injurious to him, so no man had ever a defect that was not somewhere made useful to him. (Compensation, Essay)
Every man in his lifetime needs to thank his faults. (Compensation, Essay)
No man thoroughly understands a truth until he has contended against it, so no man has a thorough acquaintance with the hindrances or talents of men, until he has suffered from the one, and seen the triumph of the other over his own want of the same. (Compensation, Essay)
He who has put forth his total strength in fit actions, has the richest return of wisdom. (The American Scholar)
It is the duty of men to judge men only by their actions. Our faculties furnish us with no means of arriving at the motive, the character, the secret self. We call the tree good from its fruits, and the man, from his works.
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.
An original sentence, a step forward, is worth more than all the censures.
People wish to be settled: only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.
For every thing you have missed, you have gained something else; and for everything you gain, you lose something else.
The meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply helping or hurting.
To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom. (Essays: Second Series)
Want is a growing giant whom the coat of Have was never large enough to cover. (The Conduct of Life)
The thing done avails, and not what is said about it.
For every grain of wit there is a grain of folly.
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