Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes
Sorrow makes us all children again - destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing.
Thought takes man out of servitude, into freedom. (The Conduct of Life - Fate, 1860)
We acquire the strength we have overcome.
The first wealth is health.
A day is a miniature eternity
Patience and fortitude conquers all things.
Flowers are the earth laughing.
Men are what their mothers made them.
Poverty consist in feeling poor.
Every artist was first an amateur.
There are many things of which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.
Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.
There are some men above grief and some men below it.
Science does not know its debt to imagination.
We will walk on our own feet; we will work with our own hands;Divine Soul which also inspires all men. (Speech - The American Scholar, 1837)
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.
To the dull mind all nature is leaden. To the illumined mind the whole world sparkles with light.
There is no way to success in our art but to take off your coat, grind paint, and work like a digger on the railroad, all day and everyday.
He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.
Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
So shall we come to look at the world with new eyes. It shall answer the endless inquiry of the intellect, — What is truth? and of the affections, — What is good? by yielding itself passive to the educated Will. ... Build, therefore, your own world. As fast as you conform your life to the pure idea in your mind, that will unfold its great proportions. A correspondent revolution in things will attend the influx of the spirit. (Nature, 1836)
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a little better; whether by a healthy child, a garden patch of redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is the meaning of success.
Ralph Waldo Emerson