Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes

Born
May 25, 1803, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Died
April 27, 1882.

Occupation
Poet.

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Knowledge is knowing that we cannot know.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole, and partakes of the perfection of the whole.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
We are wiser than we know.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
God enters by a private door into every individual.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Let us be silent, that we may hear the whispers of the gods.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our best thoughts come from others.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Truth is the property of no individual but is the treasure of all men.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
People disparage knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing. I am content with knowing, if only I could know.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The first wealth is health.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Science does not know its debt to imagination.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
The revelation of thought takes men out of servitude into freedom.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
All diseases run into one, old age.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
A man is what he thinks about all day long.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Men are what their mothers made them.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Hitch your wagon to a star.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson