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Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes (303)

Health is the condition of wisdom and the sign is cheerfulness an open and noble temper.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Cheerful

It is dainty to be sick if you have leisure and convenience for it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Disease

The thirst for adventure is the vent which Destiny offers; a war a crusade a gold mine a new country speak to the imagination and offer swing and play to the confined powers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Destiny

Tobacco coffee alcohol hashish prussic acid strychnine are weak dilutions: the surest poison is time.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Drugs

Light is the first of painters. There is no object so foul that intense light will not make it beautiful.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Light

Society is a masked ball where every one hides his real character and reveals it by hiding.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Society

We know better than we do. We do not yet possess ourselves....
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Forgive

Wilt thou seal up the avenues of ill? Pay every debt as if God wrote the bill.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Debt

No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. Good and bad are but names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my own constitution; the only wrong what is against it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Law

There is no limit to what can be accomplished if it doesnt matter who gets the credit.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Credit

If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty and light the universe with their admonishing smile.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Star

Men cease to interest us when we find their limitations.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Man

A low self-love in the parent desires that his child should repeat his character and fortune.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Children

Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Manners

It is a lesson which all history teaches wise men to put trust in ideas and not in circumstances.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Idea

I hear therefore with joy whatever is beginning to be said of the dignity and necessity of labor to every citizen. There is virtue yet in the hoe and the spade for learned as well as for unlearned hands. And labor is everywhere welcome; always we are invited to work; only be this limitation observed that a man shall not for the sake of wider activity sacrifice any opinion to the popular judgments and modes of action. An Oration delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Cambridge August 31 1837.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Labor

All great natures delight in stability; all great men find eternity affirmed in the very promise of their faculties.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Stability

It is easy in the world to live after the worlds opinions; 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   Category: Solitude

There is no beautifier of complexion or form of behavior like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Beauty

Thought is the seed of action; but action is as much its second form as thought is its first. It rises in thought to the end that it may be uttered and acted. Always in proportion to the depth of its sense does it knock importunately at the gates of the soul to be spoken to be done.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Thought

We love force and we care very little how it is exhibited.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Force

I have heard with admiring submission the experience of the lady who declared that the sense of being well-dressed gives a feeling of inward tranquility which religion is powerless to bestow. [Miss C. F. Forbes (18171911).]
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Apparel

Every man is a borrower and a mimic life is theatrical and literature a quotation.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Borrow

Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Contradict

It is proof of high culture to say the greatest matters in the simplest way.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Culture

The secret in education lies in respecting the student.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Education

An empire is an immense egotism.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Empire

A man is a little thing while he works by and for himself; But when he gives voice to the rules of love and justice he is godlike.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Justice

Every thought which genius and piety throw into the world alters the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Influence

If I cannot brag of knowing something then I brag of not knowing it; at any rate brag.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Brag

Hitch your wagon to a star.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Ambition

The ship of heaven guides itself and will not accept a wooden rudder.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Depend

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Integrity

A cynic can chill and dishearten with a single word.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Cynic

Everything runs to excess; every good quality is noxious if unmixed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Quality

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

To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To give of ones self; To leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived This is to have succeeded.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Crisis

Fame is proof that the people are gullible.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: False

The believing we do something when we do nothing is the first illusion of tobacco.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Smoking

Skepticism is slow suicide.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Skeptics

There is no good theory of disease which does not at once suggest a cure.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Valor

Shallow men believe in luck believe in circumstances: it was somebodys name or he happened to be there at right time or it was so then and another day it would have been otherwise. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Luck

There are three wants which never can be satisfied: that of the rich who wants something more; that of the sick who wants something different; and that of the traveler who says Anywhere but here.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Travel

Prudence is the virtue of the sense. It is the science of Appearances. It is the outmost action of the inward life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Prudent

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Job

People only see what they are prepared to see.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Perception

The only reward of virtue is virtue.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Virtue

Let the stoics say what they please we do not eat for the good of living but because the meat is savory and the appetite is keen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Easy

Whatever limits us we call Fate.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Fate

A sufficient measure of civilization is the influence of good women.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Woe

Real action is in silent moments.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Moments

The louder he talked of his honour the faster we counted our spoons.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Honor

The aristocrat is the democrat ripe and gone to seed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Aristocracy

We learn geology the morning after the earthquake.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Earthquake

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

Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed to be simple is to be great.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Simple

God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you pleaseyou can never have both.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Choice

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Happiness

Wise men are not wise at all hours and will speak five times from their taste or their humor to once from their reason.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Humor

If you put a chain around the neck of a slave the other end fastens itself around your own.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Slavery

The soul of God is poured into the world through the thoughts of men.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Soul

When you strike a king you must kill him.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Kindness

The man who knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Boss

The world is all gates all opportunities strings of tension waiting to be struck.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Opportunity

The faith that stand on authority is not faith.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Authority

He is a good man who can receive a gift well.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Gift

When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Patriotism

By necessity by proclivity and by delight we all quote. In fact it is as difficult to appropriate the thoughts of others as it is to invent.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Necessity

To the poet to the philosopher to the saint all things are friendly and sacred all events profitable all days holy all men divine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Philosophy

Live let live and help live.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Live

Earth laughs in flowers ...
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Flower

This gives force to the strong that the multitude have no habit of self-reliance or original action.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Masses

A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Miser

The history of persecution is a history of endeavors to cheat nature to make water run up hill to twist a rope of sand.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Persecution

The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Majority

For what are they all in their high conceit When man in the bush with God may meet?
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: God

No man ever prayed heartily without learning something.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Praise

No facts are to me sacred; none are profane; I simply experiment an endless seeker with no past at my back.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Experience

There is properly no history; only biography.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Biography

As men's prayers are a disease of the will so are their creeds a disease of the intellect.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Creed

We forget ourselves and our destinies in health and the chief use of temporary sickness is to remind us of these concerns.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Sick

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Common

The worst of charity is that the lives you are asked to preserve are not worth preserving.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Charity

Conservatism makes no poetry breathes no prayer has no invention; it is all memory. Reform has no gratitude no prudence no husbandry.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Conservative

The god of the cannibals will be a cannibal of the crusaders a crusader and of the merchants a merchant.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Cannibalism

Is not marriage an open question when it is alleged from the beginning of the world that such as are in the institution wish to get out; and such as are out wish to get in?
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Institutions

The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men round to his opinion twenty years later.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Genius

Every great and commanding movement in the annals of the world is the triumph of enthusiasm. Nothing great was ever achieved without it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Enthusiasm

We are wiser than we know.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Convince

The god of victory is said to be one-handed but peace gives victory on both sides.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Peace

Wisdom is to finish the moment to find the journeys end in every step of the road to live the greatest number of good hours.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: End

The people are to be taken in small doses.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Public

For what avail the plough or sail Or land or life if freedom fail?
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Freedom

We boast our emancipation from many superstitions; but if we have broken any idols it is through a transfer of idolatry.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Idol

Why should we be cowed by the name of Action?
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Action

People with great gifts are easy to find but symmetrical and balanced ones never.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Gravity

It is most unwise for people in love to marry.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Love

What a new face courage puts on everything!
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Courage

No power of genius has ever yet had the smallest success in explaining existence. The perfect enigma remains.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Existence

There is a certain satisfaction in coming down to the lowest ground of politics for we get rid of cant and hypocrisy.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Politics

The more reason the less government.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Less

Many might go to Heaven with half the labor they go to hell.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Heaven

Our spontaneous action is always the best. You cannot with your best deliberation and heed come so close to any question as your spontaneous glance shall bring you.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Spontaneous

Every artist was first an amateur.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Amateur

Blame is safer than praise.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Blame

The greatest meliorator of the world is selfish huckstering Trade.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Trade

It makes a great difference in the force of a sentence whether a man be behind it or no.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Word

All history is a record of the power of minorities and of minorities of one.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Minority

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   Category: Diamond

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

He that writes to himself writes to an eternal public.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Writing

Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Truth

The true test of civilization is not the census nor the size of the cities nor the crops but the kind of man that the country turns out.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Character

If a man owns land the land owns him.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Land

Each man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he does not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well he has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Care

Old age brings along with its uglinesses the comfort that you will soon be out of it which ought to be a substantial relief to such discontented pendulums as we are.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Old

A creative economy is the fuel of magnificence.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Creative

Those who live to the future must always appear selfish to those who live to the present.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Future

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

The man who can make hard things easy is the educator.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Teach

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!
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Acceptance

Whenever you are sincerely pleased you are nourished.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Please

What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half hour.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Immortality

Let us treat the men and women well: treat them as if they were real: perhaps they are.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Reality

Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet. Then all things are at risk. It is as when a conflagration has broken out in a great city and no man knows what is safe or where it will end.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Generalize

If speculation tends thus to a terrific unity in which all things are absorbed action tends directly back to diversity. The first is the course or gravitation of mind; the second is the power of nature. Nature is manifold. The unity absorbs and melts or reduces. Nature opens and creates. These two principles reappear and interpenetrate all things all thought; the one the many.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Two

The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Gold

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Conversation

All persons are puzzles until at last we find some word or act the key to the man to the woman; straightaway all their past words and actions lie in light before us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Housework

Patience and fortitude conquer all.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Patience

I like the silent church before the service begins better than any preaching.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Church

Speak with the vulgar think with the wise.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Vulgar

By the rude bridge that arched the flood Their flag to April's breeze unfurled Here once the embattled farmers stood And fired the shot heard round the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Bridge

As soon as there is life there is danger.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Danger

The religions we call false were once true.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Religion

The only gift is a portion of thyself ... the poet brings his poem; the shepherd his lamb....
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Generation

Society is infested by persons who seeing that the sentiments please counterfeit the expression of them. These we call sentimentalists talkers who mistake the description for the thing saying for having.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Sentiment

Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string. Accept the place the divine providence has found for you the society of your contemporaries the connection of events.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Confidence

If government knew how I should like to see it check not multiply the population. When it reaches its true law of action every man that is born will be hailed as essential.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Population

A mans style is his minds voice. Wooden minds wooden voices.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Voice

This time like all times is a very good one if we but know what to do with it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Time

Talent finds its models methods and ends in society exists for exhibition and goes to the soul only for power to work. Genius is its own end and draws its means and the style of its architecture from within.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Arab

Trust instinct to the end even though you can give no reason.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Intuition

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

Want is a growing giant whom the coat of Have was never large enough to cover.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Potential

Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Orthodox

When I was young I was sure of everything; in a few years having been mistaken a thousand times I was not half so sure of most things as I was before; at present I am hardly sure of anything but what God has revealed to me. John Wesley
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Certainty

For everything you have missed you have gained something else; for everything you gain you lose something else.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Gains

Nor knowest thou what argument Thy life to thy neighbor's creed has lent. All are needed by each one; Nothing is fair or good alone.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: All

We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Courtesy

Outside among your fellows among strangers you must preserve appearances a hundred things you cannot do but inside the terrible freedom!
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Appearance

We are too civil to books. For a few golden sentences we will turn over and actually read a volume of four or five hundred pages.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Book

That which we call sin in others is experiment for us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Sin

A field cannot well be seen from within the field.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: See

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

Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.... 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   Category: Conspiracy

A good indignation brings out all ones powers.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Hate

The True Artist has the planet for his pedestal; the adventurer after years of strife has nothing broader than his shoes.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Art

There is no den in the wide world to hide a rogue. Commit a crime and the earth is made of glass.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Crime

Speech is power: speech is to persuade to convert to compel. It is to bring another out of his bad sense into your good sense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Speak

The ancestor of every action is a thought.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Thief

All our progress is an unfolding like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct then an opinion then a knowledge as the plant has root bud and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end. though you can render no reason.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Progress

Every man is wanted and no man is wanted much.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Democracy

No dignity no learning no force of character can make any stand against good wit.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Dignity

In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Ice

Nature is no spendthrift but takes the shortest way to her ends.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Nature

That man is idle who can do something better.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Idleness

Who can ... guess how much industry and providence and affection we have caught from the pantomime of brutes?
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Who

Men lose their tempers in defending their taste.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Temper

Where there is no vision a people perish.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Vision

I wiped away the weeds and foam I fetched my sea-born treasures home; But the poor unsightly noisome things Had left their beauty on the shore With the sun and the sand and the wild uproar.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Sea

Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance plain clothes old shoes an eye for nature good humor vast curiosity good speech good silence and nothing too much.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Listen

Each man has his own vocation; his talent is his call. There is one direction in which all space is open to him.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Beard

Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Emotion

Every man alone is sincere. At the entrance of a second person hypocrisy begins.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Hypocrisy

Every advantage has its tax.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Competence

I find the Englishman to be him of all men who stands firmest in his shoes. They have in themselves what they value in their horses mettle and bottom. mettle: spirited bottom: capacity to endure strain
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Engineer

Nothing astonishes men so much as common-sense and plain dealing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Astonish

Wisdom is like electricity. There is no permanently wise man but men capable of wisdom who being put into certain company or other favorable conditions become wise for a short time as glasses rubbed acquire electric power for a while.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Wisdom

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Change

Often a certain abdication of prudence and foresight is an element of success.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Success

No man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Help

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Trifles

The characteristic of genuine heroism is 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 try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be common nor the common heroic.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Hero

The attraction and superiority of California are in its days. It has better days & more of them than any other country.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: California

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.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Shadow

If you would rule the world quietly you must keep it amused.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Amusement

We are as much informed of a writers genius by what he selects as by what he originates.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Quotations

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

Every hero becomes a bore at last.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Bore

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

We can see well into the past; we can guess shrewdly into the future; but that which is rolled up and muffled in impenetrable folds is today.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Day

We all live amid surfaces and the true art is to skate well on them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Life

The education of the will is the object of our existence.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Will

Every calamity is a spur and valuable hint.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Calamities

The mind does not create what it perceives any more than the eye creates the rose.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Mind

Skill to do comes of doing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Do

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.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Wrong

A man is known by the books he reads.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Company

The eloquent man is he who is no eloquent speaker but who is inwardly drunk with a certain belief.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Belief

Every sweet hath its sour; every evil its good.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Consistent

Liberty is slow fruit. It is never cheap; it is made difficult because freedom is the accomplishment and perfectness of man.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Liberty

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Sky

When the eyes say one thing and the tongue another a practiced man relies on the language of the first.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Language

We aim above the mark to hit the mark.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Aim

Every man is a divinity in disguise a God playing the fool.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Disguise

We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Corrupt

Every revolution was first a thought in one mans mind.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Revolution

We are afraid of truth afraid of fortune afraid of death and afraid of each other. Our age yields no great and perfect persons.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Afraid

Work and acquire and thou hast chained the wheel of chance.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Chance

We talk of choosing our friends but friends are self-elected.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Advertising

Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Knowledge

Insist on yourself; never imitate.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Self

The world always had the same bankrupt look to foregoing ages as to us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: World

The excellent is new forever.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Example

Self sacrifice is the real miracle out of which all the reported miracles grow.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Volunteer

Who so would be a man must be a nonconformist.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Conformity

You shall have joy or you shall have power said God; you shall not have both.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Error

There is no knowledge that is not power.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Power

Works of great intellect are great only by comparison with each other.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Unsorted

If a mans eye is on the Eternal his intellect will grow.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Intellect

The virtues of society are vices of the saint. The terror of reform is the discovery that we must cast away our virtues or what we have always esteemed such into the same pit that has consumed our grosser vices.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Vice

The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world is the highest applause.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Merit

Pictures must not be too picturesque.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Picture

Weed a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Garden

Harmony of aim not identity of conclusion is the secret of a sympathetic life.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Sympathy

The world belongs to the energetic.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Energy

These times of ours are serious and full of calamity but all times are essentially alike.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Times

Though love repine and reason chafe There came a voice without reply 'Tis man's perdition to be safe When for the truth he ought to die.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Safety

Men love to wonder and that is the seed of science.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Wonder

I can find my biography in every fable that I read.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Autobiography

Every man has his own vocation talent is the call.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Country

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Civilization

The music that can deepest reach And cure all ill is cordial speech.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Deep

Extremes meet and there is no better example than the haughtiness of humility.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Extravagance

Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and money not scarce?
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Money

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

Intellectual tasting of life will not supersede muscular activity.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Health

Peace has its victories but it takes a brave man to win them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Brave

The moment we indulge our affections the earth is metamorphosed; there is no winter and no night; all tragedies all ennuis vanish all duties even.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Affection

There is no one who does not exaggerate!
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Exaggeration

When we quarrel how we wish we had been blameless!
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Quarrels

No man acquires property without acquiring with it a little arithmetic also.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Arithmetic

People do not deserve to have good writings; they are so pleased with the bad.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Literature

Manners are the happy ways of doing things; each one a stroke of genius or of love now repeated and hardened into usage. They form at least a rich varnish with which the routine of life is washed and its details adorned.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Repeat

Talent for talents sake is a bauble and a show. Talent working with joy in the cause of universal truth lifts the possessor to new power as a benefactor.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Talent

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Method

We are reformers in the spring and summer but in autumn we stand by the old. Reformers in the morning and conservers at night.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Age

Don't waste yourself in rejection or bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Against

The world is his who can see through its pretension.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Pretension

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   Category: Compassion

Discontent is the want of self-reliance: it is infirmity of will.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Discontent

To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world burns and sparkles with light.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Dull

We rail at trade but the historian of the world will see that it was the principle of liberty; that it settled America and destroyed feudalism and made peace and keeps peace; that it will abolish slavery.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Business

There is always a best way of doing everything if it be to boil an egg. Manners are the happy ways of doing things.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Egg

The wise man in the storm prays God not for safety from danger but for deliverance from fear.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Fear

We acquire the strength we have overcome.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Strength

We sometimes meet an original gentleman who if manners had not existed would have invented them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Gentlemen

If you would not be known to do anything never do it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Deeds

Wit makes its own welcome and levels all distinctions.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Welcome

The martyr cannot be dishonored. Every lash inflicted is a tongue of fame; every prison a more illustrious abode.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Martyrdom

I do then with my friends as I do with my books. I would have them where I can find them but I seldom use them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Friendship

Beware what you set your heart upon for it surely shall be yours.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Heart

So nigh is grandeur to our dust So near is God to man When Duty whispers low Thou must The youth replies I can.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Duty

What is a man born for but to be a reformer a remaker of what has been made a denouncer of lies a restorer of truth and good?
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Reform

The man who has seen the rising moon break out of the clouds at midnight has been present like an archangel At the creation of light and of the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Creation

Work and thou canst escape the reward; whether the work be fine or course planting corn or writing epics so only it be honest work done to thine own approbation it shall earn a reward to the senses as well as to the thought.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Work

Men are respectable only as they respect.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Respect

The world is full of judgment-days and into every assembly that a man enters in every action he attempts he is gauged and stamped.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Judgment

When it is dark enough men see the stars.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Enough

We have more than we use.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Poetry

Sleep lingers all our lifetime about our eyes as night hovers all day in the boughs of the fir-tree.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Sleep

The secret of drunkeness is that it insulates us in thought whilst it unites us in feeling.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Alcohol

I dip my pen in the blackest ink because I am not afraid of falling into my inkpot.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Pen

Our greatest glory consists not in falling but in rising every time we fall.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Factory

If we live truly we shall see truly.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Present

Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Trespass

Good bye proud world! Im going home; Thou art not my friend and Im not thine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Farewell

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand nor the kindly smile nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Companion

Poetry must be as new as foam and as old as the rock.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: New

We judge of mans wisdom by his hope.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Hope

Every ship is a romantic object except that we sail in.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Sailor

A man finds room in the few square inches of the face for the traits of all his ancestors; for the expression of all his history and his wants.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Ancestors

The cannon will not suffer any other sound to be heard for miles and for years around it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Weapons

Ideas must work through the brains and the arms of good and brave men or they are no better than dreams.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Brain

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants And to serve them ones self?
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Independence

The human body is a magazine of inventions the patent office where are the models from which every hint is taken. All the tools and engines on earth are only extensions of its limbs and senses.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Body

The best efforts of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Effect

The only right is what is after my constitution; the only wrong is what is against it.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Good

Without a rich heart wealth is an ugly beggar.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Ugly

As the Sandwich Islander believes that the strength and valor of the enemy he kills passes into himself so we gain the strength of the temptation we resist.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Temptation

Men are what their mothers made them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Mother

Out from the heart of Nature rolled The burdens of the Bible old.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Bible

Earth proudly wears the Parthenon As the best gem upon her zone.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Earth

Obedience alone gives the right to command.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Oath

Time dissipates to shining ether the solid angularity of facts.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Fact

The power of a man increases steadily by continuing in one direction.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Direction

Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar but is a stab at the health of human society.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Lever

Man is a shrewd inventor and is ever taking the hint of a new machine from his own structure adapting some secret of his own anatomy in iron wood and leather to some required function in the work of the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Invention

There is a crack in everything God has made.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Perfection

The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Eyes

Truth is too simple for us: we do not like those who unmask our illusions.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Illusions

It is as impossible for a man to be cheated by anyone but himself as for a thing to be and not to be at the same time.
Ralph Waldo Emerson   Category: Cheating