53 Inspirational Quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson


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Ralph Waldo Emerson

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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Beauty, without expression, tires.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


The greatest accomplishment is to be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


One acorn can create a thousand forests

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


The person you decide to be is the one you are destined to be

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Your actions speak much louder than your words

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lives within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Many eyes go through the meadow, but few see the flowers in it.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


The earth laughs in flowers.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


To be great is to be misunderstood.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Nature is an endless combination and repetition of a very few laws.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Every artist was first an amateur.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Every wall is a door.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Money often costs too much.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Pretty is something you're born with. But beautiful, that's an equal opportunity adjective.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Nature never hurries. Atom by atom, little by little, she achieves her work.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Adopt the pace of nature. Her secret is patience.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


We must be our own before we can be another's.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


People only see what they are prepared to see.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


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

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


He has not learned the lesson of life who does not every day surmount a fear.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Imitation is suicide.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Most of the shadows of this life are caused by our standing in our own sunshine.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


There I feel that nothing can befall me.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


So is cheerfulness, or a good temper, the more it is spent, the more remains.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Everything in nature goes by law, and not by luck.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


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.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  


Nature is loved by what is best in us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson  



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