Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo

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

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That which I hate and fear is really in myself.

Sad is this continual postponement of life.

Poetry begins… when we look from the center outward.

Religion is the relation of the soul to God, and therefore the progress of sectarianism marks the decline of religion. Religion is as effectively destroyed by bigotry as by indifference.

Reward of an act is to have done it.

People seem not to see that their opinion of the world is also a confession of character.

Our faith comes in moments, our vice is habitual. Yet there is a depth in those brief moments which constrains us to ascribe more reality to them than to all other experiences.

Only by the supernatural is man strong; nothing is so weak as an egotist.

Our expense is almost all for conformity. It is for cake that we run in debt; `tis not the intellect, not the heart, not beauty, not worship, that costs so much.

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

One of the illusion of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

None of us will ever accomplish anything excellent or commanding except when he listens to this whisper which is heard by him alone.

Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.

No man every prayed heartily without learning something.

No man has learned anything until he knows that every day is the Judgment Day.

Nature is saturated with deity.

No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.

Most of the great results of history are brought about by discreditable means.

Nature and Books belong to the eyes that see them.

Most men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are must luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner, or before taking their rest; when they are sick, or aged: in the morning, or when their intellect or their conscience have been aroused, when they hear music, or when they read poetry, they are radicals.

Men… measure their esteem of each other by what each has, not by what each is.

Man is a god in ruins.

Man is conscious of a universal soul within or behind his individual life, wherein, as in a firmament, the natures of Justice, Truth, Love, Freedom arise and shine. This universal soul he calls Reason: it is not mine, or thing, or his, but we are its; we are its property and men.

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