Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

Life is a festival only to the wise.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The life of man is the true romance, which when it is valiantly conduced, will yield the imagination a higher joy than any fiction.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunshine cannot bleach the snow, Nor time unmake what poets know

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves, but deal in our privacy with the last honesty and truth.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men imagine that they communicate their virtue or vice only by overt actions, and do not see that virtue or vice emit a breath every moment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man's wife has more power over him than the state has.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Earth laughs in flowers.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

No one has a prosperity so high and firm that two or three words can't dishearten it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If eyes were made for seeing, then beauty is its own excuse for being

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never self-possessed, or prudent, love is all abandonment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The characteristic of genuine heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have resolved to be great, abide by yourself, and do not try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be common, nor the common heroic.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is braver five minutes longer

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Without a rich heart, wealth is an ugly beggar.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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