Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States.

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Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

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It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.

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The only way to have a friend is to be one.

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All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

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What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

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For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.

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The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.

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Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.

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Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.

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Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.

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Men are what their mothers made them.

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The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

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Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.

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Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

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