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Ralph Waldo Emerson

1803-1884 ,  American philosopher
Ralph Waldo EmersonAmerican essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.
He was seen as a champion of individualism. He disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.

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The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.

Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and money not scarce?

In skating over thin ice our safety is in our speed.

Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.

Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.

Society is a wave. The wave moves onward, but the water of which it is composed does not.

Things refuse to be mismanaged long.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

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

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

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

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

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

It is not the length of life, but the depth.

The earth laughs in flowers.

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.

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

People do not seem to realise that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character.

Every artist was first an amateur.

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine.

It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourself.

In my walks, every man I meet is my superior in some way, and in that I learn from him.

I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.

Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, Faith looks up.

All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.

Be good to your work, your word, and your friend.

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

The years in your life are less important than the life in your years.

Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.

Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.

We don't grow old. When we cease to grow, we become old.

Why should the way I feel depend on the thoughts in someone else's head?

We judge others by their actions but we judge ourselves by our intensions.

The ancestor of every action is a thought.

Self-trust is the first secret of success.

As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.

It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

Poetry must be new as foam, and as old as the rock.

A man is a god in ruins.

There is properly no history; only biography.

Every excess causes a defect; every defect an excess.

Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great.

Nature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease; all others run into this one.

We do what we must, and call it by the best names we can.

The only gift is a portion of thyself.

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.

Every hero becomes a bore at last.

Men are what their mothers made them.

Whatever limits us we call Fate.

That what we seek we shall find; what we flee from flees from us.

All the great speakers were bad speakers at first.

Art is a jealous mistress.

If a man own land, the land owns him.

Solitude, the safeguard of mediocrity, is to genius the stern friend.

The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.

The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances...Strong men believe in cause and effect.

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

Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but, until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful.

We boil at different degrees.

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.

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

Hitch your wagon to a star.

The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

The most advanced nations are always those who navigate the most.

Alcohol, hashish, prussic acid, strychnine are weak dilutions. The surest poison is time.

Music is the poor man's Parnassus.

Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody.

Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it.

By necessity, by proclivity, and by delight, we all quote.

There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.

To live without duties is obscene.


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