May 25, 1803 - April 27, 1882


167 Greatest Quotes By Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every man is a divinity in disguise, a god playing the fool. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Be good to your work, your word, and your friend. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. 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
Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect. 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
No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them. Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is a happy talent to know how to play. Ralph Waldo Emerson
We don't grow old. When we cease to grow, we become old. Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is no beautifier of complexion, or form, or behavior, like the wish to scatter joy and not pain around us. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain. Ralph Waldo Emerson
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature. Ralph Waldo Emerson
A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer. Ralph Waldo Emerson
You would compliment a coxcomb doing a good act, but you would not praise an angel. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The reward of a thing well done is having done it. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship. Ralph Waldo Emerson
There is creative reading as well as creative writing. Ralph Waldo Emerson
I covet truth; beauty is unripe childhood's cheat; I leave it behind with the games of youth. Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Neither you nor the world knows what you can do until you have tried. Ralph Waldo Emerson
A man is known by the books he reads. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures. Ralph Waldo Emerson
You will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is not length of life, but depth of life. Ralph Waldo Emerson
A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them. Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you want to be great and successful, choose people who are great and successful and walk side by side with them. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. Ralph Waldo Emerson
When it is dark enough, you can see the stars. Ralph Waldo Emerson
With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The things taught in schools & colleges are not an education but the means of education. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Doing well is the result of doing good. That's what capitalism is all about. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force - that thoughts rule the world. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Why should the way I feel depend on the thoughts in someone else's head? Ralph Waldo Emerson
Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world. 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
No great man ever complains of want of opportunity. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well. Ralph Waldo Emerson