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 Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes 

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

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered encumbered with your old nonsense.

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

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

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

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; opinion; it is easy in solitude solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. solitude.

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

Once you make a decision, the universe conspires conspires to make it happen.

Cultivate Cultivate the habit of being grateful grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include include all things in your gratitude.

Be not the slave slave of your own past plunge plunge into the sublime sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back come back with new self respect, with new power, and with an advanced advanced experience that shall explain and overlook overlook the old.

Don't be too timid timid and squeamish squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him I may think aloud. I am arrived at arrived at last in the presence of a man so real and equal, that I may drop even those undermost garments garments of dissimulation, dissimulation, courtesy, and second thought, which men never put off put off and may deal with deal with him with the simplicity and wholeness wholeness with which one chemical atom meets another. another.

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

Every artist was first an amateur. amateur.

Unless you try to do something beyond beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

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

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

Sometimes a scream scream is better than a thesis.

Envy Envy is ignorance

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

The good news is that the moment you decide that what you know is more important than what you have been taught to believe, you will have shifted gears in your quest quest for abundance. abundance. Success comes from within, not from without.

Few people know how to take a walk. The qualifications are endurance, endurance, plain clothes, old shoes, an eye for nature, good humor, vast vast curiosity, good speech, good silence and nothing too much.

Let Let me never fall into the vulgar vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted persecuted whenever I am contradicted.

That which we persist persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased.

If the stars should appear appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; adore; and preserve preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing admonishing smile.

Let Let us be silent, that we may hear the whisper whisper of God.

He who is in love is wise and is becoming wiser, sees newly every time he looks at the object beloved, beloved, drawing from it with his eyes and his mind those virtues virtues which it possesses. possesses.

I appeal appeal from your customs. customs. I must be myself. I cannot break myself any longer for you, or you. If you can love me for what I am, we shall be happier. If you cannot, I will still seek seek to deserve deserve that you should. I must be myself. I will not hide hide my tastes or aversions. aversions. I will so trust that what is deep is holy, that I will do strongly before the sun and moon whatever inly rejoices rejoices me and the heart appoints. If you are noble, I will love you; if you are not, I will not hurt you and myself by hypocritical attentions. If you are true, but not in the same truth with me, cleave to your companions; companions; I will seek seek my own. I do this not selfishly but humbly humbly and truly. It is alike your interest, and mine, and all men's, however long we have dwelt in lies, to live in truth. Does this sound harsh harsh to day? You will soon love what is dictated by your nature as well as mine, and if we follow the truth it will bring us out safe at last. But so may you give these friends pain. Yes, but I cannot sell my liberty liberty and my power, to save their sensibility. sensibility. Besides, Besides, all persons have their moments of reason, when they look out look out into the region of absolute absolute truth; then will they justify justify me and do the same thing

All my best thoughts were stolen stolen by the ancients.

Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain. certain.

A foolish consistency consistency is the hobgoblin hobgoblin of little minds, adored adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. divines. With consistency consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to morrow speak what to morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to day. 'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.

Insist on Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can offer with the cumulative cumulative force of a whole whole life's cultivation, cultivation, but of the adopted adopted talent of another, another, you have only an extemporaneous, extemporaneous, half possession. possession.

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

In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided provided with a resource against calamity. calamity.

Sorrow Sorrow looks back, Worry Worry looks around, Faith looks up

You have just dined, and however scrupulously scrupulously the slaughterhouse is concealed concealed in the graceful graceful distance of miles, there is complicity. complicity.

If the stars should appear appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel marvel and adore. adore.

I awoke this morning with devout devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.

A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic. lunatic.

What I must do is all that concerns concerns me, not what people think. This rule, equally arduous arduous in actual actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole whole distinction distinction between greatness and meanness. meanness. It is the harder, because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; opinion; it is easy in solitude solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. solitude.

We acquire acquire the strength we have overcome. overcome.

Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered encumbered with your old nonsense.

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues virtues have not yet been discovered.

I pack my trunk, embrace embrace my friends, embark on embark on the sea and at last wake up wake up in Naples, and there beside me is the stern stern fact, the sad self, unrelenting, identical, that I fled fled from.

I am the lover of uncontained and immortal immortal beauty. In the wilderness, I find something more dear and connate than in streets or villages. In the tranquil tranquil landscape, and especially especially in the distant distant line of the horizon, horizon, man beholds beholds somewhat somewhat as beautiful as his own nature.

Scatter Scatter joy!

Trust instinct instinct to the end, even though you can give no reason.

Fiction Fiction reveals reveals truth that reality obscures. obscures.

The ancestor ancestor of every action is a thought

In order for one to learn the important lessons of life, one must first overcome overcome a fear each day.

To laugh often often and much

Every sweet has its sour; every evil evil its good.

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

I am ashamed ashamed to think how easily we capitulate capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions.

Thou Thou art to me a delicious torment. torment.

The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of becomes part of his daily food. In the presence of nature, a wild delight runs through runs through the man, in spite spite of real sorrows... sorrows...

I like the silent church before the service begins, better than any preaching. preaching.

Don't waste yourself in rejection, rejection, nor bark against the bad, but chant chant the beauty of the good.

Every burned book or house enlightens enlightens the world; every suppressed suppressed or expunged word reverberates reverberates through the earth from side to side.

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