Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“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. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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

 

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Always do what you are afraid to do.”
― 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 cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“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.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

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

 

 

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“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.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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

 

“The earth laughs in flowers.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“It is not the length of life, but the depth.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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

 

“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Make the most of yourself….for that is all there is of you.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

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

 

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“A great man is always willing to be little.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

 

“Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Be not the slave of your own past – plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“People do not seem to realise that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments of dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off, and may deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

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

 

“Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.”
― 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

 

 

“Every artist was first an amateur.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“You become what you think about all day long.”
― 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 to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. — ‘Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.’ — 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.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

“To be great is to be misunderstood.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

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