Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

There is no calamity that right words will not begin to redress.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

So of cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more it remains.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men lose their tempers in defending their taste.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We dare not trust our wit for making our house pleasant to our friend, so we buy ice cream.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

My evening visitors, if they cannot see the clock should find the time in my face.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men's actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action. What they have done commits and enforces them to do the same again. The first act, which was to be an experiment, becomes a sacrament.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In this distribution of functions, the scholar is the delegated intellect. In the right state, he is, Man Thinking. In the degenerate state, when the victim of society, he tends to become a mere thinker, or, still worse, the parrot of other men's thinking.

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

All promise outruns performance.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Be as beneficent as the sun or the sea, but if your rights as a rational being are trenched on, die on the first inch of your territory.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising which tempt you to believe that your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires courage.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I know of no such unquestionable badge and ensign of a sovereign mind as that of tenacity of purpose...

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Marriage is the perfection of what love aimed at, ignorant of what it sought.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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