Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes and Ralph Waldo Emerson sayings, and Ralph Waldo Emerson proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"The meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply helping or hurting."

"Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors."

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

"Do your work, but do your thing."

"Insist upon yourself. Be original."

"Them meaning of good and bad, of better and worse, is simply helping or hurting."

"Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little she achieves her work."

"Earth laughs in flowers."

"A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic."

"We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples."

"Enthusiasm is the leaping lightning, not to be measured by the horse-power of the understanding."

"Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved."

"Every artist was first an amateur."

"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."

"Every calamity is a spur and a valuable hint."

"If you learn only methods, you’ll be tied to your methods but if you learn principles you can devise your own methods."

"They can conquer who believe they can. He has not learned the first lesson in life who does not every day surmount a fear."

"Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood."

"The First wealth is health."

"Every burned book or house enlightens the world; every suppressed or expunged word reverberates through the earth from side to side."

"If I’m not so large as you, You are not so small as I, And not half so spry."

"It is one of the beautiful compensations in this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."

"When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers."

"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 else believes in him and is willing to trust him with his friendship."

"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded."

"One thing in the world, of value, is the active soul."

"Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be."

"When summer opens, I see how fast it matures, and fear it will be short; but after the heats of July and August, I am reconciled, like one who has had his swing, to the cool of autumn."

"There is also this benefit in brag, that the speaker is unconsciously expressing his own ideal. Humor him by all means, draw it all out, and hold him to it."

"If I cannot brag of knowing something, then I brag of not knowing it; at any rate, brag."

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