Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

Beauty without expression is boring.
“Beauty without expression is boring.”
Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.
“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.”
To laugh often and love much, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to give one's self, this is to have succeeded.
“To laugh often and love much, to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to give one's self, this is to have succeeded.”
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.
“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.”
We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.
“We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.”
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
“For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.
“What we fear of doing most is usually what we most need to do.”
Sorrow looks back. Worry looks around. Faith looks up.
“Sorrow looks back. Worry looks around. Faith looks up.”
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.”
I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.
“I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.”
Every artist was first an amateur.
“Every artist was first an amateur.”
Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.
“Don't be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.”
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
“Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.”
He who is not every day conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.
“He who is not every day conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”
Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.”
The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.
“The great majority of men are bundles of beginnings.”
Make the most of yourself... For that is all there is of you.
“Make the most of yourself... For that is all there is of you.”
You become what you think about all day long.
“You become what you think about all day long.”
What you are comes to you.
“What you are comes to you.”
How much of human life is lost in waiting.
“How much of human life is lost in waiting.”
It is not the length of life, but the depth.
“It is not the length of life, but the depth.”
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
Is it so bad then to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.
“Is it so bad then to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”
Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.
“Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.”
Our strength grows out of our weaknesses.
“Our strength grows out of our weaknesses.”
We acquire the strength we have overcome.
“We acquire the strength we have overcome.”
In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.
“In the morning a man walks with his whole body; in the evening, only with his legs.”
Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. This you cannot do without temperance.
“Finish each day before you begin the next, and interpose a solid wall of sleep between the two. This you cannot do without temperance.”
A man in debt is so far a slave.
“A man in debt is so far a slave.”
Everything in nature is bipolar, or has a positive and a negative pole.
“Everything in nature is bipolar, or has a positive and a negative pole.”
Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning, and under every deep a lower deep opens.
“Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning, and under every deep a lower deep opens.”
Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
Patience and fortitude conquer all things.
“Patience and fortitude conquer all things.”
Nothing external to you has any power over you.
“Nothing external to you has any power over you.”
Love, and you shall be loved.
“Love, and you shall be loved.”
The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.
“The best lightning rod for your protection is your own spine.”
A painter told me that nobody could draw a tree without in some sort becoming a tree.
“A painter told me that nobody could draw a tree without in some sort becoming a tree.”
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but retire a little from sight and afterwards return again.
“It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but retire a little from sight and afterwards return again.”
Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.
“Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.”
Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
“Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.”
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine.
“Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine.”
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”
Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.
“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.”
The invariable mark of a dream is to see it come true.
“The invariable mark of a dream is to see it come true.”