Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, 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.

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What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.

Always do what you are afraid to do.

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

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

For every minute you remain angry you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.

Rings and jewels are not gifts, but apologies for gifts. The only gift is a portion of thyself.

The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.

Without ambition, one starts nothing. Without work, one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.

Children are all foreigners.

Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force - that thoughts rule the world.

Each age it is found must write its own books, or rather each generation for the next succeeding.

There are other measures of self-respect for a man than the number of clean shirts he puts on every day.

Nature hates calculators.

Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events.

Every hero becomes a bore at last.

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

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

Earth laughs in flowers.

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

Great men, or men of great gifts, you shall easily find, but symmetrical men never.

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