Ralph Waldo Emerson
Quotes To Live By
These Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes are all positive, inspirational sayings.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, born in Massachusetts on 25th May 1803, was an American lecturer, essayist and poet.
Emerson believed that all things are connected to God, therefore all things are divine, a view that was considered radical in his time. Emerson was against slavery, but he thought that reform would be better achieved through moral agreement than militant action.
Emerson died on 27th April 1882.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes: A
Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.
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A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud.
All our progress is an unfolding, like a vegetable bud. You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud and fruit. Trust the instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
All that I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all that I have not seen.
Always do what you are afraid to do.
A man is related to all nature.
A man is... what he thinks about all day long.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes: B
Be brave enough... to do the loving thing.
Beware of what you set your heart upon... for it shall surely be yours.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes: C
Challenges are what makes life interesting, overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
Common sense is genius dressed in it's working clothes.
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.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
Do you know the secret of the true scholar? In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him, and in that I am his pupil.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes: E
Enthusiasm is the mother of effort and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
Every great achievement is the victory of a flaming heart.
Every man contemplates an Angel in his future self.
Everything in our world, even a drop of dew, is a microcosm of the universe.
For every minute you are angry... you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
For flowers that bloom about our feet
For tender grass so fresh, so sweet
For the song of bird and hum of bee
For all things fair we hear or see
Father in Heaven, we thank Thee
For blue of stream and blue of sky
For pleasant shade of branches high
For fragrant air and cooling breeze
For beauty of the blooming trees
Father in Heaven, we thank Thee
For mother-love and father-care
For brothers strong and sisters fair
For love at home and school each day
For guidance lest we go astray
Father in Heaven, we thank Thee
For this new morning with its light
For rest and shelter of the night
For health and food, for love and friends
For everything Thy goodness sends
Father in Heaven, we thank Thee
For faith and peace and mighty love
That from the Godhead flow,
Showed them the life of Heaven above
Springs from the life below.
Mark, Julie, Sophie & Lucy
Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes: G
Give all to love, obey the heart.
God enters by a private door into each individual.
Go often to the house of thy friend, for weeds choke the unused path.
Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events.
Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself.
Happy is the house that shelters a friend.
Hitch your wagon to a star.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes: I
I do not count the hours I spend
In wandering by the sea;
The forest is my loyal friend,
Like God it useth me.
If a man writes a better book, preaches a better sermon, or makes a better mouse trap than his neighbour, tho' he build his house in the woods, the world will make a beaten path to his door.
If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown. But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the Universe with their admonishing smile.
If you would lift me up you must be on higher ground.
It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but only retire a little from sight and afterward return again.
Knowledge exists to be imparted.
Knowledge is the antidote to fear.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes: L
Life is a perpetual instruction in cause and effect.
Life is a progress and not a station.
Love and you shall be loved.
Sophie, Julie & Amy with newborn Lowen (2015)
Make the most of yourself... for that is all there is of you.
Men are what their mothers made them.
Mark & Doreen (2018)
Money often costs too much.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes: N
Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.
Nothing external to you has any power over you.
Nothing is beneath you... if it is in the direction of your life.
Of cheerfulness or a good temper... the more it is spent, the more it remains.
Once you make a decision, the Universe conspires to make it happen.
One of the illusions of life 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.
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.
Our fear of death is like our fear that summer will be short. But when we have had our swing of pleasure, our fill of fruit, and our swelter of heat, we say, we have had our day.
Our strengths grows out of our weaknesses.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes: P
Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.
People only see what they are prepared to see.
Real action is in silent moments.
Real friendship is shown in times of trouble, prosperity is full of friends.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes: S
Science does not know its debt to imagination.
Self trust is the first secret to success.
She paints with white and red the moors
to draw the nations out of doors.
Spiritual force is greater than material force... Thoughts rule the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes: T
The affirmative of affirmatives is... LOVE.
The age of a woman doesn’t mean a thing.
The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.
The ancestor of every action is... thought.
The April winds are magical
And thrill our tuneful frames
The garden walks are passional
To bachelors and dames
The hedge is gemmed with diamonds
The air with Cupids full
The cobweb clues of Rosamond
Guide lovers to the pool
Each dimple in the water
Each leaf that shades the rock
Can cozen, pique and flatter
Can parley and provoke
Good fellow, Puck and goblins
Know more than any book
Down with your doleful problems
And court the sunny brook
The south-winds are quick-witted
The schools are sad and slow
The masters quite omitted
The lore we care to know
The babe by its mother
Lies bathed in joy
Glide its hours uncounted
The sun is its toy
Shines the peace of all being
Without cloud, in its eyes
And the sum of the world
In soft miniature lies
The eyes indicate the antiquity of the Soul.
The first wealth is health.
The foundations of a person are not in matter, but in Spirit.
The future belongs to those who prepare for it.
The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship. It is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him, and is willing to trust him with his friendship.
The hues of the opal, the light of the diamond, are not to be seen if the eye is too near.
The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.
The measure of mental health is to find good everywhere.
The only person you are destined to become is... the person you decide to be.
Jessica, Lucy & Seth (2015)
The only way to have a friend is... to be one.
Ben & Tyler (2016)
The ornament of a house is the friends who frequent it.
The reward of a thing well done is.. To have done it.
The secret in education lies in respecting the student.
The Secret is the answer to all that has been, all that is, and all that ever will be.
The sky is the daily bread of the imagination.
The wise man in the storm prays God, not from safety from danger but from deliverance from fear. It is the storm within which endangers him not the storm without.
The years teach us much the days never knew.
Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it within us, or we find it not.
Thought is the blossom, language the bud, action the fruit behind it.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
To different minds, the same world is a hell and a Heaven.
To know, even one life has breathed easier, because you have lived, this is to have succeeded.
Trust instinct to the end, even though you can give no reason.
Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes: W
We acquire the strength we have overcome.
We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
illustration by Sandra Reeves
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not been discovered.
What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.
What you do speaks so loud that, I cannot hear what you say.
What your heart thinks is great, is great. The Soul's emphasis is always right.
Whatever limits us... we call fate.
When it is dark enough... you can see the stars.
Why should I hasten to solve every riddle which life offers me? I am well assured that the Questioner, who brings me so many problems, will bring me the answers also, in due time.
Why should we not have a first-hand and immediate experience of God?