Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes on Opinions (12 Quotes)


    The only sin which we never forgive in each other is difference of opinion.

    To judge from a single conversation, he made the impression of a narrow and very English mind of one who paid for his rare elevation by general tameness and conformity. Off his own beat, his opinions were of no value.



    Public opinion, I am sorry to say, will bear a great deal of nonsense. There is scarcely any absurdity so gross, whether in religion, politics, science or manners, which it will not bear.


    What forests of laurel we bring, and the tears of mankind, to those who stood firm against the opinion of their contemporaries.

    Self Esteem'It is very easy in the world to live by the opinion of the world. It is very easy in solitude to be self-centered. But the finished man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. I knew a man of simple habits and earnest character who never put out his hands nor opened his lips to court the public, and having survived several rotten reputations of younger men, honor came at last and sat down with him upon his private bench from which he had never stirred.

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

    I hear therefore with joy whatever is beginning to be said of the dignity and necessity of labor to every citizen. There is virtue yet in the hoe and the spade, for learned as well as for unlearned hands. And labor is everywhere welcome always we are invited to work only be this limitation observed, that a man shall not for the sake of wider activity sacrifice any opinion to the popular judgments and modes of action. An Oration delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, at Cambridge, August 31, 1837.

    The only sin that we never forgive in each other is a difference in opinion.

    Stay at home in your mind. Don't recite other people's opinions. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.

    I look on that man as happy, who, when there is question of success, looks into his work for a reply, not into the market, not into opinion, not into patronage


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