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Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

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Get your hands on this beautiful list of Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes.

This collection highlights some of the best quotes from this well-loved American author, poet, and philosopher.

Emerson (25 May 1803 - 27 April 1882) became one of the most well-known and best-loved figures of the 19th century. And there's a very good reason for his popularity.

I find his thoughts and inspirational sayings are something worth pondering over. I truly enjoy his quotes and hope that you'll find delight in these thought-provoking Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes!




A friend is one before whom I may think aloud.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't waste yourself in rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant the beauty of the good.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every artist was first an amateur.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Insist on yourself; never imitate... Every great man is unique.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not length of life, but depth of life.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Life is not so short but that there is always time for courtesy.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild airā€¦
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
-- -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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