Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short, in all the management of human affairs.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Knowledge is the only elegance.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Self-command is the main elegance.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Astronomy to the selfish becomes astrology.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

At the gates of the forest, the surprised man of the world is forced to leave his city estimates of great and small, wise and foolish. The knapsack of custom falls off his back.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Plants are the young of the world. Vessels of health and vigor; but they grope ever upward towards consciousness; the trees are imperfect man, and seem to bemoan their imprisonment, rooted in the ground.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

You have just dined, and however scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed in the graceful distance of miles, there is complicity.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The faith that stands on authority is not faith.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Condense some daily experience into a glowing symbol and an audience is electrified

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Genius is its own end, and draws its means and the style of its architecture from within, going abroad only for audience, and spectator, as we adapt our voice and phrase to the distance and character of the ear we speak to

Ralph Waldo Emerson

For me, commerce is of trivial import; love, faith, truth of character, the aspiration of man, these are sacred; nor can I detach one duty, like you, from all other duties, and concentrate my forces mechanically on the payment of moneys

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Commerce is of trivial import; love, faith, truth of character, the aspiration of man, these are sacred.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If a man knew anything, he would sit in a corner and be modest; but he is such an ignorant peacock, that he goes bustling up and down, and hits on extraordinary discoveries.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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