Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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Ralph Waldo Emerson was an essayist, lecturer, philosopher, abolitionist, poet and writer who is very popular for leading the transcendentalist movement, a school of thought which was based on a belief in the unity of all creation and the goodness of humanity.

As an author, Ralph Waldo Emmerson wrote books and essays such as Self-Reliance, Nature, The American Scholar, The Conduct of Life, Society and solitude and many others.

Here are some of the best Ralph Waldo Emmerson quotes about life, success, greatness, nature, love, self-reliance and many other interesting topics:

Ralph Waldo Emerson To Be Yourself In A World Quote

Ralph Waldo Emerson To Be Yourself In A World Quote

1. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson To Laugh Often Quote

Ralph Waldo Emerson To Laugh Often Quote

2. To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the 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 beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson Write It In Your Heart Quote

Ralph Waldo Emerson Write It In Your Heart Quote

3. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson Finish Each Day Quote

Ralph Waldo Emerson Finish Each Day Quote

4. 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.

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Best Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

Best Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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

6. Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

7. An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

8. God will not have his work made manifest by cowards. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

9. For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

13. 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

14. Men imagine that they communicate their virtue or vice only by overt actions, and do not see that virtue or vice emit a breath every moment. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

15. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

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16. Envy is ignorance, imitation is suicide. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

17. Let us advance on Chaos and the Dark. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

18. Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

20. Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

22. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

23. 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

24. The sinew and heart of man seem to be drawn out, and we are become timorous desponding whimperers. We are afraid of truth, afraid of fortune, afraid of death, and afraid of each other. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

25. 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

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes On Success And Greatness

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes On Success And Greatness

26. To be great is to be misunderstood. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

27. A great man is always willing to be little. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

29. Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

30. The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

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31. Every artist was first an amateur. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

33. A man comes to measure his greatness by the regrets, envies and hatreds of his competitors. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

34. Greatness is a property for which no man can receive credit too soon; it must be possessed long before it is acknowledged. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

35. What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes About Life

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes About Life

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

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

38. Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

39. 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

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

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41. Life is a journey, not a destination. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

42. Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

44. My life is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady. I wish it to be sound and sweet, and not to need diet and bleeding. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

45. I do not wish to expiate, but to live. My life is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady. I wish it to be sound and sweet, and not to need diet and bleeding. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes About Nature

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes About Nature

46. The earth laughs in flowers. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

48. Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

50. Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

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

52. No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

43. Meantime nature is not slow to equip us in the prison uniform of the party to which we adhere. We come to wear one cut of face and figure, and acquire by degrees the gentlest asinine expression. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

44. Vast spaces of nature; the Atlantic Ocean, the South Sea; vast intervals of time, years, centuries, are of no account. This which I think and feel, underlay that former state of life and circumstances, as it does underlie my present, and will always circumstance, and what is called life, and what is called death. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

45. What pretty oracles nature yields us on this text, in the face and behavior of children, babes, and even brutes! That divided and rebel mind, that distrust of a sentiment because our arithmetic has computed the strength and means opposed to our purpose, these have not. Their mind being whole, their eye is as yet unconquered, and when we look in their faces, we are disconcerted. Infancy conforms to nobody: all conform to it, so that one babe commonly makes four or five out of the adults who prattle and play to it. So God has armed youth and puberty and manhood no less with its own piquancy and charm, and made it enviable and gracious and its claims not to be put by, if it will stand by itself. Do not think the youth has no force, because he cannot speak to you and me. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes On Love

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes On Love

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

 47. The love that you withhold is the pain that you carry. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

48. Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.

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49. If you are noble, I will love you; if you are not, I will not hurt you and myself by hypocritical attentions. If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; I will seek my own. I do this not selfishly but humbly and truly. It is alike your interest, and mine, and all men’s, however long we have dwelt in lies, to live in truth. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

50. I appeal from your customs. I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am, we shall be happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should. I must be myself. I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices me and the heart appoints. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson Self-Reliance Quotes

Ralph Waldo Emerson Self-Reliance Quotes

51. I ought to go upright and vital, and speak the rude truth in all ways. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

52. A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

53. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

54. There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

56. My life is not an apology, but a life. It is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

57. Men do what is called a good action, as some piece of courage or charity, much as they would pay a fine in expiation of daily non-appearance on parade. Their works are done as an apology or extenuation of their living in the world. I do not wish to expiate, but to live. My life is not an apology, but a life. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

58. Men have looked away from themselves and at things so long that they have come to esteem the religious, learned and civil institutions as guards of property, and they deprecate assaults on these, because they feel them to be assaults on property. They measure their esteem of each other by what each has, and not by what each is. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

59. The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks. See the line from a sufficient distance, and it straightens itself to the average tendency. Your genuine action will explain itself, and will explain your other genuine actions. Your conformity explains nothing. Act singly, and what you have already done singly will justify you now. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

60. 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.

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61. I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

62. The great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

63. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

64. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

65. 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. That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

66. A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the lustre of the firmament of bards and sages. Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his. In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts: they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

67. Travelling is a fool’s paradise. We owe to our first journeys the discovery that place is nothing. At home I dream that at Naples, at Rome, I can be intoxicated with beauty, and lose my sadness. 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

68. Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of everyone of its members. Society is a joint-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

69. I appeal from your customs. I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am, we shall be happier. If you cannot, I will still seek to deserve that you should. I must be myself. I will not hide my tastes or aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices me and the heart appoints. If you are noble, I will love you; if you are not, I will not hurt you and myself by hypocritical attentions. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

70. There is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried. -Ralph Waldo Emerson