Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes (1444 Quotes)



    Traveling is a fool's paradise... I pack my trunk, embrace my friends, embark on the sea and at last wake up in Naples, and there besides me is the stern fact, the sad self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled from.

    Preaching is the expression of moral sentiments applied to the duties of life.

    The characteristic of genuine heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have resolved to be great, abide by yourself, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic.

    Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good 'Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm.




    We are ashamed of our thoughts and often see them brought forth by others.

    Great geniuses have the shortest biographies. Their cousins can tell you nothing about them.

    The wise know that foolish legislation is a rope of sand, which perishes in the twisting.

    Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody, before it was actually verified.

    There is no man who is not some time indebted to his vices, as no plant that is not fed from manure


    To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires someof the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.

    Nor knowest thou what argument Thy life to thy neighbors creed has lent. All are needed by each one Nothing is fair or good alone.

    Go where he will, the wise man is at home, His hearth the earth, his hall the azure dome.


    The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.

    Hence, instead of Man Thinking, we have the bookworm. Hence, the book-learned class, who value books, as such not as related to nature and the human constitution, but as making a sort of Third Estate with the world and the soul. Hence, the restorers of readings, the emendators, the bibliomaniacs of all degrees....

    Give no bounties make equal laws secure life and prosperity and you need not give alms.

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


    All great masters are chiefly distinguished by the power of adding a second, a third, and perhaps a fourth step in a continuous line. Many a man had taken the first step. With every additional step you enhance immensely the value of you first.

    I have no hostility to nature, but a child's love to it. I expand and live in the warm day like corn and melons.

    The compensations of calamity are made apparent to the understanding also, after long intervals of time.



    Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine, a possession for all time.

    Economy does not consist in saving the coal, but in using the time while it burns.



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