Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

This page is a collection of inspiring Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson is best remembered for leading the Transcendental movement of the mid 19th century, he was also an American philosopher, essayist, and poet.

Below is a partial list of Emerson's inspiring quotes and sayings, highlighting some of his wisdom.

Enjoy this page of inspiring Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes.



What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.



To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.



Do not go where the path may lead,
go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.



Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions.
All life is an experiment.
The more experiments you make the better.



Don't waste yourself in rejection,
nor bark against the bad,
but chant the beauty of the good.



Every artist was first an amateur.



Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely
and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.



A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.



People seem not to see
that their opinion of the world
is also a confession of character.



Nothing is at last sacred
but the integrity of your mind.



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For everything you have missed,
you have gained something else,
and for everything you gain,
you lose something else.



Guard well your spare moments.
They are like uncut diamonds.
Discard them and their value will never be known.
Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.



Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.



In art the hand can never execute anything higher
than the heart can inspire.



For every minute you are angry
you lose sixty seconds of happiness.



It is not length of life, but depth of life.



It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life,
that no man can sincerely try to help another
without helping himself.



Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live.



Live in the sunshine,
swim the sea,
drink the wild air.



Insist on yourself; never imitate.
Every great man is unique.



If you learn only methods, you'll be tied to your methods,
but if you learn principles you can devise your own methods.



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Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.



People only see what they are prepared to see.



What would be the use of immortality
to a person who cannot use well a half an hour.



When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.



Make the most of yourself,
for that is all there is of you.



An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.



None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding
except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.



Thought is the blossom;
language the bud;
action the fruit behind it.



That which we persist in doing
becomes easier for us to do;
not that the nature of the thing itself is changed,
but that our power to do is increased.



The only person you are destined to become
is the person you decide to be.



The ancestor of every action is a thought.



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



Our greatest glory is not in never failing,
but in rising up every time we fail.



Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is.
Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.



You cannot do a kindness too soon,
for you never know how soon it will be too late.



Whatever you do, you need courage.
Whatever course you decide upon,
there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong.
There are always difficulties arising
that tempt you to believe your critics are right.



What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.



Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.


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