Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

1803 - 1882

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be inspired by this collection of Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes. Ralph Waldo Emerson was one of the most influential literary figures of the 19th century. He was a poet, essayist, and author. He gave many lectures on his work. His work influenced many in his time and still influences people today. A few of his many works include: The Conduct of Life, Society and Solitude, Letters and Social Aims.


Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Beauty   |  


Want is a growing giant whom the coat of Have was never large enough to cover. . . .
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Funny Quotes about Life   |  


It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no person can sincerely try to help another without helping him or herself. Serve and you shall be served. If you love and serve people, you cannot, by any hiding or stratagem, escape the remuneration.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Helping Others   |  


That is ever the difference between the wise and the unwise: the latter wonders at what are unusual; the wise man wonders at the usual.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wise   |  


A person's life is limited but serving the people is limitless. I want to devote my limited life to serving the people limitlessly.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Quotes about Life   |  


There can be no excess to love, none to knowledge, and none to beauty.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Love   |  


People only see what they are prepared to see. If you look for what is good and what you can be grateful for you will find it everywhere.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Gratitude   |  


Friends should be like books, easy to find when you need them, but seldom used.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Friend   |  


Our faith comes in moments . . . yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to ascribe more reality to them than to all other experiences.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Faith   |  


Throughout the ages there have always been those who have been willing to go beyond the norms and reach for that unknown and distant star.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Inspirational Quotes  |


Health is the condition of wisdom, and the sign is cheerfulness, - an open and noble temper.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Health   |  


Peace cannot be achieved through violence; it can only be attained through understanding.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Peace   |  


A believer is never disturbed because other persons do not see the fact which he sees.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Believe   |  


Don't be a cynic, and bewail and bemoan. Omit the negative propositions. Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good. Set down nothing that will help somebody.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Complaining   |  


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.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
New Beginnings   |  


The meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply helping or hurting.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Good   |  


When friendships are real, they are not glass threads or frost work, but the solidest things we can know.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Friendship   |  


The sewer may mistake and sow his peas crookedly; the peas make no mistake, but come up and show his line.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Funny   |  


We must be our own before we can be another's.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Being Yourself   |  


Life is short but there is always time for courtesy.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Kindness   |  


Grow angry slowly - there's plenty of time.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Anger   |  


"Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Work   |  


"What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Your Example   |  


"The man who can make hard things easy is the educator."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Teacher   |


"Wise men put their trust in ideas and not in circumstances."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Trust   |  


"Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Greatness   |  


"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Mistake   |  


"Many time the reading of a book has made the future of a man."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Book   |  


"Science does not know its debt to imagination."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Imagination   |  


"Some books leave us free and some books make us free."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Top Ten Quotes on Books   |  


"Men succeed when they realize that their failures are the preparation for their victories."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Failure   |  


"God enters by a private door into each individual."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
God   |  


"Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness   |  

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