Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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

Conversation enriches the understanding; but solitude is the school of genius.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are parlor soldiers. The rugged battle of fate, where strength is born, we shun.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Philanthropies and charities have a certain air of quackery.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only prudence in life is concentration.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When nature has work to be done, she creates a genius to do it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The silence that accepts merit as the most natural thing in the world is the highest applause.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Manners require time, as nothing is more vulgar than haste.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Wisdom is like electricity. There is no permanently wise man, but men capable of wisdom, who, being put into certain company, or other favorable conditions, become wise for a short time, as glasses rubbed acquire electric power for a while.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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