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Quotes By Ralph Waldo Emerson

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25-05-1803
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27-04-1882

There’s not one lover of literature who has never heard of Ralph Waldo Emerson, also called the Sage of Concord. This transcendentalist writer was elated when he moved to his new residence in Concord. What particularly caught his fancy was the pretty-looking orchard, so much so that he not only looked after to the pear trees growing there, but also enjoyed writing in the garden. Occasionally, Emerson would invite his friends over and would take great pleasure in receiving them in his beloved orchard. One day, he sent some pears from his garden to cattle show held in Concord, and soon he was paid a visit by board members of the horticulturalist society. Feeling overwhelming pride at those beautiful pears that he had grown, he let them in, only to discover that they weren’t there to praise him. Instead, they wished to investigate the soil that had caused such horrible specimens of the otherwise delicious fruit.

This agreeable man, who earned a lot of admirers and friends alike, began losing his memory as he grew old. Emerson took this forgetfulness in his stride and named it the “naughty memory”, every time it failed him. Eventually this philosopher started forgetting words that would have otherwise been a crucial part of his vocabulary, and names that he had once been in love with. At the funeral of his long-term friend, poet Henry Longfellow, the Sage of Concord observed, “That gentleman has a sweet, beautiful soul, but I have entirely forgotten his name.”

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not 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.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.

- Emerson in His Journals , Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Always do what you are afraid to do.

- 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

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.

- Self Reliance , Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only reward of virtue is virtue; the only way to have a friend is to be one.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man passes his life in the search after friendship.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

He is great who is what he is from Nature, and who never reminds us of others.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men wish to be saved from the mischiefs of their vices, but not from their vices.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Marriage is the perfection of what love aimed at, ignorant of what it sought.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A child is a curly dimpled lunatic.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Let us treat men and women well; treat them as if they were real. Perhaps they are.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like to him; wherever he goes.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.

- Prose and Poetry , Ralph Waldo Emerson

Earth laughs in flowers.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friendship, like the immortality of the soul, is too good to be believed.

- 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

He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

- Self-Reliance and Other Essays , Ralph Waldo Emerson

In every society some men are born to rule, and some to advise.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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