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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Knowledge comes by eyes always open and working hands; and there is no knowledge that is not power.

Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know.
If you shoot at a king you must kill him.
One definition of man is an intelligence served by organs.
The best efforts of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.
That man is idle who can do something better.
Many might go to Heaven with half the labor they go to hell.
A great man stands on God. A small man on a great man.
The essence of greatness is the perception that virtue is enough.
The only gift is a portion of thyself.
He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.
Flowers are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out-values all the utilities of the world.
If you believe in fate, believe in it, at least, for your good.
Fame is proof that the people are gullible.
The faith that stands on authority is not faith.
If a man will kick a fact out of the window, when he comes back he finds it again in the chimney corner.
Our knowledge is the amassed thought and experience of innumerable minds.
Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is due to the triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it.
Tis a superstition to insist on a special diet. All is made at last of the same chemical atoms.
It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy, that the world owes the world more than the world can pay.
The most dangerous thing is illusion.
The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.
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.
Wise men are not wise at all hours, and will speak five times from their taste or their humor, to once from their reason.
When the eyes say one thing, and the tongue another, a practiced man relies on the language of the first.
No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.
Tis the good reader that makes the good book; in every book he finds passages which seem to be confidences or sides hidden from all else and unmistakably meant for his ear; the profit of books is according to the sensibility of the reader; the profound thought or passion sleeps as in a mine, until it is discovered by an equal mind and heart.
A beautiful form is better than a beautiful face; it gives a higher pleasure than statues or pictures; it is the finest of the fine arts.
We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.
We are always getting ready to live, but never living.
We are taught by great actions that the universe is the property of every individual in it.
Real action is in silent moments.
Slavery it is that makes slavery; freedom, freedom. The slavery of women happened when the men were slaves of kings.
Men talk as if victory were something fortunate. Work is victory.
So much of our time is spent in preparation, so much in routine, and so much in retrospect, that the amount of each person's genius is confined to a very few hours.
Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.
The soul of God is poured into the world through the thoughts of men.
Live, let live, and help live
Light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense light will not make it beautiful.
There is no chance, and no anarchy, in the universe. All is system and gradation. Every god is there sitting in his sphere.
Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
The betrothed and accepted lover has lost the wildest charms of his maiden by her acceptance. She was heaven while he pursued her, but she cannot be heaven if she stoops to one such as he!
The fatal trait of the times is the divorce between religion and morality.
Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws. She hums the old well-known air through innumerable variations.
Nature has made up her mind that what cannot defend itself shall not be defended.
We do what we must, and call it by the best names.
Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.
Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
The people are to be taken in small doses.
There is no knowledge that is not power.
I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.
Our best thoughts come from others.
Every revolution was first a thought in one man?s mind.
Self-sacrifice is the real miracle out of which all the reported miracles grow.
No man can help another without helping himself.
Let us be silent that we may hear the whispers of the gods.
Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person, hypocrisy begins.
We acquire the strength we have overcome.

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