Quotes by 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

The selfish man suffers more from his selfishness than he from whom that selfishness withholds some important benefit.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good manners are made up of petty sacrifices.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sincerity is the highest compliment you can pay.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Commit a crime, and the earth is made of glass.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every great achievement is the victory of a flaming heart.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

A great man is always willing to be little.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fear always springs from ignorance.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Even in the mud and scum of things, something always, always sings.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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One ought never to turn one’s back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

The first farmer was the first man, and all historic nobility rests on possession and use of land.
– 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

Some natures are too good to be spoiled by praise.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Give no bounties: make equal laws: secure life and prosperity and you need not give alms.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Do not tell me of my obligation to put all poor men in good situations. Are they my poor? I tell thee, thou foolish philanthropist, that I grudge the dollar, the dime, the cent, I give to such men as do not belong to me and to whom I do not belong.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

All great speakers were bad speakers at first.
– 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

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