Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 April 27, 1882) was a famous American essayist and one of America's most influential thinkers and writers. more

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Some will always be above others. Destroy the inequality today, and it will appear again tomorrow.

All diseases run into one. Old age.
Fate, then, is a name for facts not yet passed under the fire of thought; for causes which are unpenetrated.
Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.
Some of your grief you have cured, and lived to survive; but what torments of pain have you endured that haven't as yet arrived.
A man makes inferiors his superiors by heat; self-control is the rule.
The first wealth is health.
Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.
Nothing is beneath you if it is in the direction of your life.
Nature... She pardons no mistakes. Her yea is yea, and her nay, nay.
As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.
Stay at home in your mind. Don't recite other people's opinions. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
The creation of a thousand forest in one acorn.
The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.
Sorrow makes us children again.
Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.
Be a little careful about your library. Do you foresee what you will do with it? Very little to be sure. But the real question is, What it will do with you? You will come here and get books that will open your eyes, and your ears, and your curiosity, and turn you inside out or outside in.
Good men must not obey the laws too well.
We lie in the lap of immense intelligence.
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
The characteristic of genuine heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have resolved to be great, abide by yourself, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic.
Health is the condition of wisdom, and the sign is cheerfulness -- an open and noble temper.
There is a crack in everything God has made.
Tis the old secret of the gods that they come in low disguises.
Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer.
The chief mourner does not always attend the funeral.
Every man passes his life in the search after friendship.
We talk of choosing our friends, but friends are self-elected
Whatever limits us we call fate.
No facts are to me sacred; none are profane; I simply experiment, an endless seeker, with no past at my back.
Intellectual tasting of life will not supersede muscular activity.
I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being perfectly well dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow.
Blame is safer than praise.
Nothing external to you has any power over you.
Do what you know and perception is converted into character.
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
We boil at different degrees.
Good breeding, a union of kindness and independence.
There is a tendency for things to right themselves.
Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.
The god of victory is said to be one-handed, but peace gives victory on both sides.
Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
The life of man is the true romance, which when it is valiantly conduced, will yield the imagination a higher joy than any fiction.
Columbus discovered no isle or key so lonely as himself.
Leave this hypocritical prating about the masses. 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.
If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.
I find that the Americans have no passions, they have appetites.
Whenever you are sincerely pleased you are nourished.
Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other.
Men are respectable only as they respect.
In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.
The sea, washing the equator and the poles, offers its perilous aid, and the power and empire that follow it... Beware of me, it says, but if you can hold me, I am the key to all the lands.
Solitude is impractical and yet society is fatal.
The only thing grief has taught me is to know how shallow it is.
A man's library is a sort of harem.
The years teach us much the days never knew.
Our chief want in life is somebody who will make us do what we can.
The good lawyer is not the man who has an eye to every side and angle of contingency, and qualifies all his qualifications, but who throws himself on your part so heartily, that he can get you out of a scrape.
Knowledge comes by eyes always open and working hands; and there is no knowledge that is not power.