Ralph Waldo Emerson Famous Quotes


Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, philosopher, and poet, born in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 25, 1803 and died on April 27, 1882.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson was the leader of a philosophical movement named transcendentalism which rejected the conventions of formal religion and argued that one can achieve spirituality through intuition and connection with nature and also asserted in his writings the belief that each person has the power to transcend the material world and to see and grasp the infinite.

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody, before it was actually verified.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every spirit makes its house, and we can give a shrewd guess from the house to the inhabitant.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is no chance and anarchy in the universe. All is system and gradation. Every god is there sitting in his sphere.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We do not yet possess ourselves, and we know at the same time that we are much more.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

As soon as there is life there is danger.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man is a consumer, and ought to be a producer. He is by constitution expensive, and needs to be rich.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The method of nature: who could ever analyze it?
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is a tendency for things to right themselves.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have no hostility to nature, but a child’s love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Genius always finds itself a century too early.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Getting old is a fascination thing. The older you get, the older you want to get.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good men must not obey the laws too well.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

It is not length of life, but depth of life.
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

For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Pictures must not be too picturesque.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We aim above the mark to hit the mark.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

If the tongue had not been framed for articulation, man would still be a beast in the forest.
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In every society some men are born to rule, and some to advise.
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Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar than haste.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
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Earth laughs in flowers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

We see God face to face every hour, and know the savor of Nature.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

What we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one’s self?
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

All mankind love a lover.
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A man is what he thinks about all day long.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Always do what you are afraid to do.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.
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God screens us evermore from premature ideas.
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Great men or men of great gifts you shall easily find, but symmetrical men never.
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Every artist was first an amateur.
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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
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Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
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Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
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An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men are what their mothers made them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.
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Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The age of a woman doesn’t mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

For every benefit you receive a tax is levied.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I have thought a sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.
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A great man is always willing to be little.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every fact is related on one side to sensation, and, on the other, to morals. The game of thought is, on the appearance of one of these two sides, to find the other: given the upper, to find the under side.
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Every man in his lifetime needs to thank his faults.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every sentence spoken by Napoleon, and every line of his writing, deserves reading, as it is the sense of France.
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We are symbols, and inhabit symbols.
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Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others.
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You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

O Day of days when we can read! The reader and the book, either without the other is naught.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are wiser than we know.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Words are also actions, and actions are a kind of words.
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The earth laughs in flowers.
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