Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes


888 Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes:



"Tis the good reader that makes the good book."
"A man is known by the books he reads, by the company he keeps, by the praise he gives, by his dress, by his tastes, by his distastes, by the stories he tells, by his gait, by the notion of his eye, by the look of his house, of his chamber; for nothing on earth is solitary but every thing hath affinities infinite."
Author: Emerson Quotes Category: Books And Reading Quotes Taste Quotes
"In a library we are surrounded by many hundreds of dear friends imprisoned by an enchanter in paper and leathern boxes."
"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."
"The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it's the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friend."
Author: Emerson Quotes Category: Belief Quotes
"They can conquer who believe they can. He has not learned the first lesson in life who does not every day surmount a fear."
Author: Emerson Quotes Category: Belief Quotes
"If you believe in fate, believe in it, at least, for your own good"
Author: Emerson Quotes Category: Belief Quotes
"A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming."
Author: Emerson Quotes Category: Belief Quotes
"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."
Author: Emerson Quotes Category: Benefit Quotes
"A man of good sense but of little faith, whose compassion seemed to lead him to church as often as he went there, said to me; 'that he liked to have concerts, and fairs, and churches, and other public amusements go on"
Author: Emerson Quotes Category: Belief Quotes
"None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone."
"Act, if you like, but you do it at your peril. Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted and who has not been the victim and slave of his action."
Author: Emerson Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"We are always getting ready to live, but never living."
Author: Emerson Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"The German intellect wants the French sprightliness, the fine practical understanding of the English, and the American adventure; but it has a certain probity, which never rests in a superficial performance, but asks steadily, To what end? A German public asks for a controlling sincerity."
"Between eighteen and twenty, life is like an exchange where one buys stocks, not with money, but with actions. Most men buy nothing."
Author: Emerson Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage"
Author: Emerson Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"Do your work, but do your thing."
Author: Emerson Quotes Category: Action Quotes
"Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer."
"The things taught in schools and colleges are not an education, but the means of education"
Author: Emerson Quotes Category: College Quotes
"Here is the world, sound as a nut, perfect, not the smallest piece of chaos left, never a stitch nor an end, not a mark of haste, or botching, or second thought; but the theory of the world is a thing of shreds and patches"
Author: Emerson Quotes Category: Chaos Quotes



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