Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo
Emerson
1803
1882

American Lecturer, Essayist and Poet, Leader of the Transcendentalist Movement, Champion of Individualism

Author Quotes

The only gift is a portion of thyself.

The less government we have, the better: the fewer laws and less confided power.

The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.

The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.

The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.

The ancestor of every action is a thought.

The bitterest tragic element in life is the belief in a brute fate or destiny.

Take egotism out and you would castrate the benefactor.

Talent alone cannot make a writer; there must be a man behind the book.

Stay at home in your mind. Don't recite other people's opinions.

Success is to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children.

Speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon-balls and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day.

Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.

Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.

Skill to do comes of doing.

People say law, but they mean wealth.

Self-trust is the essence of heroism.

Passion, though a bad regulator, is a powerful spring.

People only see what they are prepared to see.

Our distrust is very expensive.

Out of came all things that are still written and debated among men of thought.

Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind.

Of cheerfulness or a good temper - the more it is spent, the more of it remains.

Nor knowest thou what argument Thy life to thy neighbor's creed has lent. All are needed by each one; Nothing is fair or good alone.

Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.

Author Picture
First Name
Ralph Waldo
Last Name
Emerson
Birth Date
1803
Death Date
1882
Bio

American Lecturer, Essayist and Poet, Leader of the Transcendentalist Movement, Champion of Individualism