Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet.
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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. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.
Beauty, without expression, tires.
The greatest accomplishment is to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else
One acorn can create a thousand forests
Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.
The person you decide to be is the one you are destined to be
Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Your actions speak much louder than your words
What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.
For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.
Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it.
The earth laughs in flowers.
The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.
To be great is to be misunderstood.
We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.
Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws.
The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.
Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
Every artist was first an amateur.
No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.
Every wall is a door.
Money often costs too much.
Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.
Pretty is something you're born with. But beautiful, that's an equal opportunity adjective.
Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work.
Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.
We must be our own before we can be another's.
It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.
Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
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.
People only see what they are prepared to see.
The only way to have a friend is to be one.
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.
The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food.
The first in time and the first in importance of the influences upon the mind is that of nature. Every day, the sun; and, after sunset, night and her stars.
Imitation is suicide.
I am the lover of uncontained and immortal beauty. In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in streets or villages. In the tranquil landscape, and especially in the distant line of the horizon, man beholds somewhat as beautiful as his own nature.
You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.
Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.
There I feel that nothing can befall me.
To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy is to set our own conditions to the events of each day. To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.
So is cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more remains.
Everything in nature goes by law, and not by luck.
Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.
We must be as courteous to a man as we are to a picture, which we are willing to give the advantage of a good light.
The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.
Nature is loved by what is best in us.
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