Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes (1444 Quotes)


    A cultivated man, wise to know and bold to perform, is the end to which nature works, and the education of the will is the flowering and result of all this geology and astronomy.


    Nature is methodical, and doeth her work well. Time is never to be hurried.

    Truth is too simple for us we do not like those who unmask our illusions.



    Manners are the happy ways of doing things each one a stroke of genius or of love, now repeated and hardened into usage. They form at least a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned.

    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.

    The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.




    Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. The manwho knows how will always have a job. The man who also knows why will always be his boss. As to methods there may be a million andthen some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man who tries methods,ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.


    Outside, among your fellows, among strangers, you must preserve appearances, a hundred things you cannot do, but inside, the terrible freedom.


    I am not much an advocate for traveling, and I observe that men run away to other countries because they are not good in their own, and run back to their own because they pass for nothing in the new places.

    Sooner of later that which is now life shall be poetry, and every fair and manly trait shall add a richer strain to the song.

    The less a man thinks or knows about his virtues, the better we like him.


    Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding.


    He presents me with what is always an acceptable gift who brings me news of a great thought before unknown. He enriches me without impoverishing himself.

    It is as easy for the strong man to be strong, as it is for the weak to be weak

    When a man is pushed, tormented, defeated, he has a chance to learn something he has been put on his wits on his manhood he has gained the facts learns his ignorance is cured of the insanity of conceit has got moderation and real skill.

    We do what we must, and call it by the best names we can, and would fain have the praise of having intended the result which ensues.


    The sea, washing the equator and the poles, offers its perilous aid, and the power and empire that follow it. . . . Beware of me, it says, but if you can hold me, I am the key to all the lands.

    The secret of drunkeness is, that it insulates us in thought, whilst it unites us in feeling.


    Who can ... guess how much industry and providence and affection we have caught from the pantomime of brutes.


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    Shel Silverstein - Robert Frost - Ralph Waldo Emerson - Lord Byron - Emily Dickinson - William Somerville - Louis Aragon - John Betjeman - Henrik Ibsen - Edmund Spenser


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