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”
The first wealth is health.
With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.
Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.
A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.
Earth laughs in flowers.
Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes.
Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.
Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.
Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
The years teach much which the days never know.
A man's growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends.
Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.
The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.