Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

A man will be eloquent if you give him good wine

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Can anybody remember when the times were not hard and money not scarce?

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

The soul comes from without into the human body, as into a temporary abode, and it goes out of it anew it passes into other habitations, for the soul is immortal." "It is the secret of the world that all things subsist and do not die, but only retire a little from sight and afterwards return again. Nothing is dead; men feign themselves dead, and endure mock funerals… and there they stand looking out of the window, sound and well, in some strange new disguise.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man takes care that his neighbor shall not cheat him. But a day comes when he begins to care that he do not cheat his neighbor. Then all goes well. He has changed his market-cart into a chariot of the sun.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Skepticism is slow suicide.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Universities are of course hostile to geniuses, which, seeing and using ways of their own, discredit the routine: as churches and monasteries persecute youthful saints.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sculpture and painting have the effect of teaching us manners and abolishing hurry.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

In sculpture did ever anybody call the Apollo a fancy piece? Or say of the Laocoon how it might be made different? A masterpiece of art has in the mind a fixed place in the chain of being, as much as a plant or a crystal.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness. Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men found that his absorbing egotism was deadly to all other men. It resembled the torpedo, which inflicts a succession of shocks on any one who takes hold of it, producing spasms which contract the muscles of the hand, so that the man can not open his fingers; and the animal inflicts new and more violent shocks, until he paralyzes and kills his victim. So, this exorbitant egotist narrowed, impoverished, and absorbed the power and existence of those who served him; and the universal cry of France, and of Europe, in 1814, was, "enough of him;" "assez de Bonaparte.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

One ought never to turn one's back on a threatened danger and try to run away from it. If you do that, you will double the danger. But if you meet it promptly and without flinching, you will reduce the danger by half. Never run away from anything. Never!

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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