To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on success
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Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on wisdom
447

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on happiness
398

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on beauty
317

It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourselves.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on respect
269

It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on friends
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A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.

Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on patience
201

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies with in us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on respect
189

We acquire the strength we have overcome.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on strength
188

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on grow
163

We gain the strength of the temptation we resist.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on temptation
152

The eyes indicate the antiquity of the soul.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on eyes
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To be yourself in a world that in constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

About Ralph Waldo Emerson

Name Ralph Waldo Emerson
Quotes 896 quotes
Nationality American
Profession Poet
Birthday May 25, 1803
About Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, poet, and leader of the Transcendentalist movement in the early nineteenth century.
Top topics life, world, nature, mind, work

Improve your spare moments and they will become the brightest gems in your life.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on moments
127

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson on life
118

Every great achievement is the victory of a flaming heart.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on success
118

Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on choice
84

If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on reading
80

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson on solitude
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Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.

People only see what they are prepared to see.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on acceptance
69

Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on peace
62

Shallow people believe in luck and in circumstances; Strong people believe in cause and effect.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on luck
54

Hitch your wagon to a star. Let us not fag in paltry works which serve our pot and bag alone.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on prophecy
49

The ancestor of every action is thought.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on action
46

I didn't find my friends; the good Lord gave them to me.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on friends
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Be good to your work, your work, and your friend.

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson on difficulty
42

None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on inspirational
42

Accept your genius and say what you think.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on acceptance
41

Most of the shadows of life are caused by standing in our own sunshine.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on life
40

Self-trust is the first secret to success.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on confidence
40

The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on danger
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Always do what you are afraid to do.

Travel is a fools paradise.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on travel
36

Make the most of yourself....for that is all there is of you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on inspirational
36

Make yourself necessary to somebody.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on necessity
35

Music causes us to think eloquently.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on music
35

If you shoot at a king you must kill him.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on royalty
35

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on beautiful
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An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.

Every man is an impossibility until he is born.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on determination
32

Some books leave us free and some books make us free.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on reading
32

Happiness is a perfume which you cannot pour on someone without getting some on yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on happiness
31

Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine

Ralph Waldo Emerson on adversity
30

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on greatness
30

How much of human life is lost in waiting.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on expectation
29

A weed is a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on virtue
29

A true friend is somebody who can make us do what we can.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on friends
29

The first wealth is health.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on fitness
28

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on decisions
26

To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on attitude
26

Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on fear
25

Do the thing we fear, and the death of fear is certain.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on death
24

When the eyes say one thing, and the tongue another, a practiced man relies on the language of the first.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on communication
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