Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet.

Let us draw a lesson from nature, which always works by short ways. When the fruit is ripe, it falls.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every really able man, in whatever direction he work,-a man of large affairs, an inventor, a statesman, an orator, a poet, a painter,-if you talk sincerely with him, considers his work, however much admired, as far short of what it should be.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fate is nothing but the deeds committed in a prior state of existence.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

How much of human life is lost in waiting.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whenever you are sincerely pleased you are nourished.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

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

The meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply helping or hurting.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

All the thoughts of a turtle are turtle
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

All life is a nap. The more naps you take the better.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

When it is darkest, men see the stars.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

One man’s justice is another’s Injustice. One man’s beauty another’s ugliness. One man’s wisdom another’s folly.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good men must not obey the laws too much.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Do not waste yourself in rejection; do not bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Conservatism makes no poetry, breathes no prayer, has no invention; it is all memory. Reform has no gratitude, no prudence, no husbandry. The Conservative
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every reform was once a private opinion, and when it shall be a private opinion again, it will solve the problem of the age.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fame is proof that people are gullible.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

A man makes inferiors his superiors by heat; self-control is the rule.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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