Quotations by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Born: Wednesday, May 25, 1803
Died: Thursday, April 27, 1882 (78 years old)
Profession: Poet
Nationality: American


A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Life, Day, Mind)

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Consistency)

A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Nature, Friend, May)

A good indignation brings out all one's powers.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

A great man is always willing to be little.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Man)

A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Courage)

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Man)

A man in debt is so far a slave.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Debt, Man)

A man is a god in ruins. When men are innocent, life shall be longer, and shall pass into the immortal, as gently as we awake from dreams.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Dreams, Life, Men, God, Man)

A man is a method, a progressive arrangement; a selecting principle, gathering his like to him; wherever he goes.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Man)

A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise shall give him no peace.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Peace, Work, Heart, Gay, Man)

A man is the whole encyclopedia of facts.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Facts, Man)

A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Money, Man, Principles)

A man is what he thinks about all day long.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Day, Man)

A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Growth, Friends, Man)

Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Patience)

All diseases run into one, old age.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Age, Old)

All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Trust)

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Life)

All mankind love a lover.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Love, Mankind)

Always do what you are afraid to do.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

America is another name for opportunity.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Opportunity, America, Name)

An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Action, Theory, Worth)

As a cure for worrying, work is better than whiskey.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Work, Cure)

As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Man)

As soon as there is life there is danger.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Life, Danger)

As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Beauty, Old)

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Value)

Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Beauty)

Beauty without expression is boring.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Beauty, Expression)

Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Beauty, Grace)

Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Power, Wisdom)

Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Will, World)

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one's self?
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Self)

Cause and effect are two sides of one fact.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Cause, Effect, Fact)

Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Soul, Character, Intellect, Will)

Children are all foreigners.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Children, Foreigners)

Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Genius, Clothes, Common sense)

Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Curiosity, Lying)

Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Death, Monument, Sun)

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: May)

Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Death, Fear)

Doing well is the result of doing good. That's what capitalism is all about.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Capitalism, Result)

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Life, Actions)

Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Age, Books)

Earth laughs in flowers.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Earth, Flowers)

Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Mother, Enthusiasm, Effort, Nothing)

Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Men, Laws, State)

Every artist was first an amateur.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Artist, First)

Every book is a quotation; and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries; and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Keywords: Man, Quotation)



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