Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

There are only ten minutes in the life of a pear when it is perfect to eat

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All conservatives are such from personal defects. They have been effeminated by position or nature, born halt and blind, through LUXURY of their parents, and can only, like invalids, act on the defensive.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Time is indeed the theater and seat of illusions; nothing is so ductile and elastic. The mind stretches an hour to a century, and dwarfs an age to an hour.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When the boys come into my yard for leave to gather horse-chestnuts, I own I enter into nature's game, and affect to grant the permission reluctantly, fearing that any moment they will find out the imposture of that showy chaff. But this tenderness is quite unnecessary; the enchantments are laid on very thick. Their young life is thatched with them. Bare and grim to tears is the lot of the children in the hovel I saw yesterday; yet not the less they hang it round with frippery romance, like the children of the happiest fortune.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What lies behind us, and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only true gift is a portion of yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and love much... to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others, to give one's self... this is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Love and you shall be loved. All love is mathematically just, as much as two sides of an algebraic equation.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every ship is a romantic object, except that we sail in.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't be a cynic and disconsolate preacher. Don't bewail and moan. Omit the negative propositions. Challenge us with incessant affirmatives

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Keep cool: it will be all one a hundred years hence.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Good luck is another name for tenacity of purpose.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Envy is the tax which all distinction must pay.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What torments of grief you endured, from evils that never arrived.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some of your hurts you have cured, And the sharpest you still have survived, But what torments of grief you endured From the evil which never arrived.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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