Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer.
Beware when the great God lets loose a thinker on this planet.
Character is higher than intellect… A great soul will be strong to live, as well as to think.
Children are all foreigners.
Conversation is an art in which a man has all mankind for his competitors, for it is that which all are practicing every day while they live.
Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Don’t waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.
Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
Every hero becomes a bore at last.
Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
Give all to love; obey thy heart.
I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.
I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea, and at last wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the Stern Fact, the Sad Self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from.
If I have lost confidence in myself, I have the universe against me.
Insist on yourself; never imitate… Every great man is unique.
Let not a man guard his dignity, but let his dignity guard him.
Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…
Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
Nature magically suits a man to his fortunes, by making them the fruit of his character.
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.
Speak what you think today in words as hard as cannon-balls and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today.
The ancestor of every action is a thought.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
The world belongs to the energetic.
We do what we must, and call it by the best names.
Whoever is open, loyal, true; of humane and affable demeanour; honourable himself, and in his judgement of others; faithful to his word as to law, and faithful alike to God and man….such a man is a true gentleman.
Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.
He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues which it possesses.
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.
The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence.
Every artist was first an amateur.
None of us will every accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.
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.
The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.