500+ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes on life and beyond

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882), who went by his middle name Waldo, was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States. Emerson wrote most of his important essays as lectures first and then revised them for print. His first two collections of essays, Essays: First Series (1841) and Essays: Second Series (1844), represent the core of his thinking. They include the well-known essays “Self-Reliance”, “The Over-Soul”, “Circles”, “The Poet”, and “Experience.” Together with “Nature”, these essays made the decade from the mid-1830s to the mid-1840s Emerson’s most fertile period. Emerson wrote on a number of subjects, never espousing fixed philosophical tenets, but developing certain ideas such as individuality, freedom, the ability for mankind to realize almost anything, and the relationship between the soul and the surrounding world. Emerson’s “nature” was more philosophical than naturalistic: “Philosophically considered, the universe is composed of Nature and the Soul.” Emerson is one of several figures who “took a more pantheist or pandeist approach by rejecting views of God as separate from the world.” He remains among the linchpins of the American romantic movement, and his work has greatly influenced the thinkers, writers and poets that followed him. “In all my lectures,” he wrote, “I have taught one doctrine, namely, the infinitude of the private man.” Emerson is also well known as a mentor and friend of Henry David Thoreau, a fellow transcendentalist. We bring you the compilation of the best Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes, hope you like it.

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500+ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes on life and beyond

A chief event in life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every hero becomes a bore at last. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like unto him wherever he goes. What you are comes to you. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half an hour.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

A day is a miniature eternity. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

You must pay for conformity. All goes well as long as you run with conformists. But you, who are honest men in other particulars, know that there is alive somewhere a man whose honesty reaches to this point also, that he shall not kneel to false gods, and, on the day when you meet him, you sink into the class of counterfeits.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are reformers in spring and summer; in autumn and winter we stand by the old; reformers in the morning, conservers at night. Reform is affirmative, conservatism negative; conservatism goes for comfort, reform for truth. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The things taught in schools are not an education but the means of an education. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires      courage. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The effects of opposition are wonderful. There are men who rise refreshed on hearing of a threat, men to whom a crises, which intimidates and paralyses the majority, comes as graceful and beloved as a bride! -Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Real friendship is shown in times of trouble prosperity is full of friends.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is saturated with deity. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be great is to be misunderstood.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

500+ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes on life and beyond

I see her not dispirited, not weak, but well, remembering that she has seen dark times before, indeed with a kind of instinct that she sees a little better in a cloudy day.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our chief want in life is somebody who shall make us do what we can.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

All men are in some degree impressed by the face of the world; some men even to delight. This love of beauty is taste. Others have the same love in such success that, not content with admiring, they seek to embody it in new forms. The creation of beauty is art.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

When you strike at a king, you must kill him.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I am sure of this, that by going much alone a man will get more of a noble courage in thought and word than from all the wisdom that is in books.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

In England every man you meet is some man’s son in America, he may be some man’s father.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

We look wishfully to emergencies, to eventful, revolutionary times        and think how easy to have taken our part when the drum was rolling and the house was burning over our heads. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

When it is darkest, men see the  stars.Ralph  Waldo Emerson

The bitterest tragic element in life to be derived from an intellectual source is the belief in a brute Fate or Destiny.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

500+ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes on life and beyond

When a man is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something; he has been put on his wits; on his manhood; he has gained the facts; learned his ignorance; is cured of the insanity of conceit; has got moderation and real skill. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

America is a country of young men. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity, but in being uninteresting. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tis the good reader that makes the good book. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every hero becomes a bore at last. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you can not find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it Dogen Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul unbelief, denying  them.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men succeed when they realize that their failures are the preparation for their victories.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The reason why all men honor love is because it looks up, and not down aspires and not despairs.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The life of man is the true romance, which when it is valiantly conduced, will yield the imagination a higher joy than any fiction.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

We can see well into the past; we can guess shrewdly in to the future; but that which is rolled up and muffled in impenetrable folds is today. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The high prize of life, the crowning fortune of a man, is to be born with a bias to some pursuit which finds him in employment and happiness. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The faith that stand on authority is not faith.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The merit claimed for the Anglican Church is that, if you let it alone, it will let you alone. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Take egotism out and you would castrate the benefactors.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

500+ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes on life and beyond

It is time to be old, To take in sail. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invated by worry, fret and anxiety.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

more experiments you make the better. What if they are a little course, and you may get your coat soiled or torn What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once          or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the matter of religion, people eagerly fasten their eyes on the difference between their own creed and yours whilst the charm of the study is in finding the agreements and identities in all the religions of humanity.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show for any fellow creature, let me do it now. Let me not defer   or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who has a thousand friendsHas not a friend to spare,While he who has one enemyShall meet him everywhere.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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When the man is at home, his standing in society is well known and quietly taken; but when he is abroad, it is problematical, and is dependent on the success of his manners. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

So of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more it remains.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Colleges hate geniuses, just as convents hate saints.

What omniscience has music! So absolutely impersonal, yet every sufferer feels his secret sorrow soothed.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is not so short but that there is always time enough for courtesy. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote. In fact, it is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The surest poison is time. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

One man’s justice is another’s injustice one man’s beauty another’s ugliness one man’s wisdom another’s folly.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

500+ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes on life and beyond

If man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hardbeaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

My evening visitors, if they cannot see the clock, should find the time in my face. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sorrow makes us all children again. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wish to say what I think and feel today, with the proviso that tomorrow perhaps I shall contradict it all. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

If I cannot brag of knowing something, then I brag of not knowing it, at any rate, brag. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Courage consists of the power of self-recovery. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

When a man is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something; he has been put on his wits … he has gained facts, learned his ignorance, is cured of the insanity of conceit, has got moderation and real skill. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a man knows the law, find out, though he live in a pine shanty, and resort to him. And if a man can pipe or sing, so as to wrap the imprisoned soul in an elysium; or  can paint a landscape, and convey into souls and ochres all the enchantments of Spring or Autumn; or can liberate and intoxicate all people who hear him with delicious songs and verses; it is certain that the secret cannot be kept; the first witness tells it to a second, and men go by fives and tens and fifties to his doors.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Spiritual force is stronger than material force thoughts rule the world.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a certain satisfaction in coming down to the lowest ground of politics, for then we get rid of cant and hypocrisy. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

500+ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes on life and beyond

Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sanity is very rare; every man almost, and every woman, has a dash of madness. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only reward of virtue is virtue. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The eloquent man is he who is no beautiful speaker, but who is inwardly and desperately drunk with a certain belief. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

What torments of grief you endured, from evils that never arrived. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The soul contains the event that shall befall it, for the event is only the actualisation of its thoughts, and what we pray to ourselves for is always granted. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

AH I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hitch your wagon to a star. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is always a best way of doing everything, if it be only to boil an egg. Manners are the happy ways of doing things. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Common sense is as rare as genius.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-trust is the first secret of success. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The difference between landscape and landscape is small, but there’s a great difference in the beholders. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

To Be is to live with God. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well. He has  changed his marketcart into a chariot of the sun.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

500+ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes on life and beyond

Love is the essence of God.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some thoughts always find us young, and keep us so. Such a thought is the love of the universal and eternal beauty. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are two classes of poets  the poets by education and practice, these we respect; and poets by nature, these we love.— Ralph Waldo Emerson— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The mob is man voluntarily descending to the nature of the beast. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

What can we see, read, acquire, but ourselves. Take the book, my friend, and read your eyes out, you will never find there what I find.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Why should we grope among the dry bones of the past, or put the living generation into masquerade out of its faded wardrobe? -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whosoever would be a man must be a non-conformist. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The angels are so enamoured of the language that is spoken in heaven, that they will not distort their lips with the hissing and unmusical dialects of men, but speak their own, whether there be any who understand it or not.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

What greater pain could mortals have than this To see their children dead before their eyes— Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is properly no history, only biography. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Philanthropies and charities have a certain air of quackery. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at  the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are always getting ready to live, but never living. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Obedience alone gives the right to command. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

500+ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes on life and beyond

The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The ancestor of every action is a thought.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Pictures must not be too picturesque. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Too busy with the crowded hour to fear to live or die. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The essence of all jokes, of all comedy, seems to be an honest or well intended halfness; a non performance of that which is pretended to be performed, at the same time that one is giving loud pledges of performance. The balking of the intellect, is comedy and it announces itself in the pleasant spasms we call laughter.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world is emblematic. Parts of speech are metaphors because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The world belongs to the energetic. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is very easy in the world to live by the opinion of the world. It is very easy in solitude to be selfcentered. But the finished man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.— Ralph Waldo Emerson, SelfReliance

Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

It makes a great difference in the force of a sentence, whether a man be behind it or no.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

None of us will every accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

500+ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes on life and beyond

Work is victory.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

We do not live an equal life, but one of contrasts and patchwork; now a little joy, then a sorrow, now a sin, then a generous or brave action. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever you do, you need courage, To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage which a soldier needs. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first wealth is health. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Money, which represents the prose of life, and which is hardly spoken of in parlors without an apology, is, in its effects and laws, as beautiful as roses.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal, of the crusaders a crusader, and of the merchants a merchant.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Universities are of course hostile to geniuses, which, seeing and using ways of their own, discredit the routine as churches and monasteries persecute youthful saints.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The Religion that is afraid of science dishonors God and commits suicide.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some natures are too good to be spoiled by praise. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.— Ralph Waldo Emerson, Society and Solitude: Works and Days, 1870

The reliance on property is…the want of selfreliance. Men measure the esteem of each other by what each has, and not by what each is. But a cultivated man becomes ashamed of his property— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Earth laughs in flowers. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever  I am contradicted.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Out of sleeping a waking, Out of waking a sleep. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

500+ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes on life and beyond

Never read a book that is not a year old.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

He that rides his hobby gently must always give way to him that rides his hobby hard. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every sweet hath its sour, every evil its good. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The disease with which the human mind now labours is want of faith. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

So nigh is grandeur to our dust, So near is God to man. When Duty whispers low, Thou must, The youth replies, I can. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

We do what we must, and call it by the best names.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are born believing. A man bears beliefs, as a tree bears apples.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only way to have a friend is to be one. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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If a man carefully examines his thoughts he will be surprised to find how much he lives in the future. His well-being is always ahead. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is what you may do. There is much you may not do. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

What we call results are beginnings.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Glittering generalities! They are blazing ubiquities. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

His heart was as great as the world, but there was no room in it to hold the memory of a wrong. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the Stern Fact, the Sad Self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Money often costs too much.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

500+ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes on life and beyond

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others with out getting a few drops on yourself.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

I used to always think that I’d look back on us crying and laugh, but, I never thought I’d look back on us laughing and cry.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

He is great who confers the most benefits.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.— Ralph Waldo Emerson— Ralph Waldo Emerson

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise man in the storm prays God not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The flowering of geometry. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are very near to greatness: one step and we are safe; can we not take the leap? -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 little 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 the meaning of success.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The sky is the daily bread of the  eyes.Ralph  Waldo Emerson

The only gift is a portion of thyself. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else and for everything you gain, you lose something.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man I meet is in some way my superior.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The next thing to saying a good thing yourself, is to quote one.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

By the rude bridge that arched the flood, Their flag to April’s breeze unfurl’d; Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

500+ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes on life and beyond

There are some men above grief and some men below it. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Discontent is want of self-discipline; it is infirmity of will. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and money not scarce— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply helping or hurting. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is proof of high culture to say the greatest matters in the simplest way. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise through excess of wisdom is made a fool.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men run away to other countries because they are not good in their own, and run back to their own because they pass for nothing in the new places. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Let not a man guard his dignity, but let his dignity guard him.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Speak what you think today in words as hard as cannon balls, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Character is what can do without success.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 have only an extemporaneous half possession… Do that which is assigned to you, and you cannot hope too much or dare too much.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

What I must do is all that concerns me. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and  meanness. It is harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-command is the main elegance. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

500+ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes on life and beyond

A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair the rest of his life. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest gift is a portion of thyself.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense light will not make  it beautiful.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Shallow men believe in luck, wise and strong men in cause and effect. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

A woman’s strength is the irresistible might of weakness. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said today. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Vigour is contagious, and whatever makes us either think or feel strongly adds to our power and enlarges our field of action. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Often a certain abdication of prudence and foresight is an element of success.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do what you know and perception is converted into character.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not be too timid and squeamish, All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

To fill the hour, that is happiness; to fill the hour, and leave no crevice for a repentance or an approval. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not death or pain that is to be dreaded, but the fear of pain or death.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

500+ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes on life and beyond

The years teach much which the days never knew.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every artist was first an amateur. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man is a piece of the universe made alive. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Though I am weak, yet God, when prayed, Cannot withhold his conquering aid. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some of your hurts you have cured, And the sharpest you still have survived, But what torments of grief you endured From the evil which never arrived. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The adventitious beauty of poetry may be felt in the greater delight with a verse given in a happy quotation than in the poem.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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If a man own land, the land owns him. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tobacco, coffee, alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine, are weak dilutions the surest poison is time.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you would lift me you must be on a higher ground. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Speak what you think today in words as hard as cannonballs and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The peace of the man who has foresworn the use of the bullet seems to me not quite peace, but a canting impotence. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I can find my biography in every fable that I read. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every reform was once a private opinion, and when it shall be a private opinion again, it will solve the problem of the age. -Ralph Waldo Emerson


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