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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Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Men are what their mothers made them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson