Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and more than 1,500 public lectures across the United States. Emerson gradually moved away from the religious and social beliefs of his contemporaries, formulating and expressing the philosophy of transcendentalism in his 1836 essay "Nature".

Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson

To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.

Life, MeaningRalph Waldo Emerson
 
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Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

Nature & Environment, Patience & EnduranceRalph Waldo Emerson
 
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The age of a woman doesn't mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles.

Women, Birthday, AgeRalph Waldo Emerson
 
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It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.

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

Character, Self-ConfidenceRalph Waldo Emerson
 
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Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

Nature & EnvironmentRalph Waldo Emerson
 
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A friend may well be reckoned the masterpiece of nature.

FriendshipRalph Waldo Emerson
 
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Men are what their mothers made them.

MotherRalph Waldo Emerson
 
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Earth laughs in flowers.

Flowers & RosesRalph Waldo Emerson
 
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When you were born you were crying and everyone else was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you're the one wo is smiling and everyone else is crying.

LifeRalph Waldo Emerson
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For every minute you are angry, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.

Happiness, BeginningRalph Waldo Emerson
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In the woods, too, a man casts off his years, as the snake his slough, and at what period soever of life, is always a child. In the woods is perpetual youth.

Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
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A hero is no braver than an ordinary man, but he is brave five minutes longer.

Courage, HerosRalph Waldo Emerson
 
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A ruddy drop of manly blood
The surging sea outweighs
The world uncertain comes and goes
The lover rooted stays

LoveRalph Waldo Emerson, Freundschaft
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