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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

35 of the best book quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson
  1. #1
    “To be great is to be misunderstood.”
  2. #2
    “Envy is ignorance,
    Imitation is Suicide.”
  3. #3
    “One of the illusions is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly until he knows that every day is Doomsday.”
  4. #4
    “Eyes...They speak all languages.”
  5. #5
    “Genius is religious.”
  6. #6
    “The soul is the perceiver and revealer of truth. We know the truth when we see it, let skeptic and scoffer say what they choose.”
  7. #7
    “Every man is an impossibility until he is born; every thing impossible until we see a success.”
  8. #8
    “We are immersed in beauty, but our eyes have no clear vision.”
  9. #9
    “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
  10. #10
    “Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”
  11. #11
    “It is one light which beams out of a thousand stars. It is one soul which animates all men.”
  12. #12
    “Every natural action is graceful.”
  13. #13
    “Words are finite organs of the infinite mind.”
  14. #14
    “Build therefore your own world.”
  15. #15
    “Throw a stone into the stream and the ripples that propagate themselves are the beautiful type of all influence.”
  16. #16
    “What I must do, is all that concerns me, not what the people think.”
  17. #17
  18. #18
    “You will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it.”
  19. #19
    “Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that. Do the things at which you are great, not what you were never made for.”
  20. #20
    “Every man has a history worth knowing, if he could tell it, or if we could draw it from him.”
  21. #21
    “The life of truth is cold.”
  22. #22
    “The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity, but in being uninteresting.”
  23. #23
    “The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship”
  24. #24
    “We are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and recitation -rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing.”
  25. #25
    “This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.”
  26. #26
    “Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.”
  27. #27
    “The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul”
  28. #28
    “True courage is not ostentatious; men who wish to inspire terror seem thereby to confess themselves cowards. Why do they rely on it, but because they know how potent it is with themselves?”
  29. #29
    “Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”
  30. #30
    “We ask for long life, but ‘tis deep life, or grand moments, that signify. Let the measure of time be spiritual, not mechanical.”
  31. #31
    “A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere.”
  32. #32
    “There is no great and no small
    To the Soul that maketh all:
    And where it cometh, all things are
    And it cometh everywhere.”
  33. #33
    “Every violation of truth is not only a sort of suicide in the liar, but is a stab at the health of human society.”
  34. #34
    “We do not believe our own thought; we must serve somebody; we must quote somebody; we dote on the old and the distant; we are tickled by great names; we import the religion of other nations; we quote their opinions; we cite their laws.”
  35. #35
    “Books are the best of things, well used; abused, among the worst. What is the right use? What is the one end which all means go to effect? They are for nothing but to inspire.”
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