Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes



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.





Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could some blunders and absurdities have 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.



Tell them dear, that if eyes were made for seeing,Then beauty is its own excuse for beingWhy thou wert there, O rival of the roseI never sought to ask, I never knewBut, in my simple ignorance supposeThe selfsame power that brought me there brought you.


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies with in us.





What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.




The glory of friendship is not the outstreched 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.

Make yourself necessary to somebody. Do not make life hard to any.

The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence.

If a man knows the law, find out, though he live in a pine shanty, and resort to him. And if a man can pipe or sing, so as to wrap the imprisoned soul in an elysium; or can paint a landscape, and convey into souls and ochres all the enchantments of Spring or Autumn; or can liberate and intoxicate all people who hear him with delicious songs and verses; it is certain that the secret cannot be kept; the first witness tells it to a second, and men go by fives and tens and fifties to his doors.

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air

In the woods is perpetual youth.

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

To laugh often and much to win the respect of 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 best in others to leave the world a little better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.

Every sweet has its sour every evil its good.

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 you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.

Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.

As soon as there is life there is danger.

All mankind love a lover.

Life is a festival only to the wise.

I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching.

The things taught in colleges and schools are not an education, but the means of education.

A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.

All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man had taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of you first.

You must pay for conformity. All goes well as long as you run with conformists. But you, who are honest men in other particulars, know that there is alive somewhere a man whose honesty reaches to this point also, that he shall not kneel to false gods, and, on the day when you meet him, you sink into the class of counterfeits.

Children are all foreigners.

Character is what can do without success.

All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen.

All life is an experiment.

A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud.

A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness.

All life is an experiment. The more experiments yoiu make the better.

A man builds a fine house and now he has a master, and a task for life he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.

A man is related to all nature.



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