Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes (1444 Quotes)


    Every great institution is the lengthened shadow of a single man. His character determines the character of the organization.

    We walk alone in the world. Friends, such as we desire, are dreams and fables.


    It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion-it is easy in solitude to live after your own but the great man is he who, in the midst of the world, keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.




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

    When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart.




    In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.

    There are two classes of poets the poets by education and practice, these we respect and poets by nature, these we love.


    Enthusiasm is the leaping lightning, not to be measured by the horse-power of the understanding.

    'Tis very certain that each man carries in his eye the exact indication of his rank in the immense scale of men, and we are always learning to read it. A complete man should need no auxiliaries to his personal presence.

    Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other.



    A man is like a bit of Labrador spar, which has no lustre as you turn it in your hand until you come to a particular angle then it shows deep and beautiful colors. There is no adaptation or universal applicability in men, but each has his special Talent, and the mastery of Successful men consists in adroitly keeping themselves where and when that turn shall be oftenest to be practiced.

    The constructive intellect genius produces thoughts, sentences, poems, plans, designs, systems. It is the generation of the mind, the marriage of thought with nature.

    There are books ... which take rank in your life with parents and lovers and passionate experiences, so medicinal, so stringent, so revolutionary, so authoritative.



    Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other.... Society acquires new arts, and loses old instincts.

    Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.


    The first thing a great person does, is make us realize the insignificance of circumstance.

    Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner.



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