Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

There is a certain satisfaction in coming down to the lowest ground of politics, for we get rid of cant and hypocrisy.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Presently we pass to some other object which rounds itself into a whole as did the first; for example, a well-laid garden; and nothing seems worth doing but the laying-out of gardens.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When I go into my garden with a spade, and dig a bed, I feel such an exhilaration and health that I discover that I have been defrauding myself all this time in letting others do for me what I should have done with my own hands.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding

Ralph Waldo Emerson

God offers to every mind its choice between truth and repose. Take which you please - you can never have both

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Out of Plato come all things that are still written and debated about among men of thought.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The less government we have the better

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greatest delight the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult relation between man and the vegetable. I am not alone and unacknowledged. They nod to me and I to them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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