285 Inspirational Quotes by : Ralph Waldo Emerson

285 Inspirational Quotes by : Ralph Waldo Emerson

285 Inspirational Quotes by : Ralph Waldo Emerson

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285 Inspirational Quotes by : Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American author, essayist, poet, philosopher, thinker, writer and a lecturer. He died in 1882 at the age of 78.

Ralph Waldo Emerson also led a strong movement in support of transcendentalism and individualism in America.

Ralph Waldo Emerson conglomerated most of his ideas and thoughts in a little book “Nature”.

Though Ralph Waldo Emerson passed away in 1882, his name, his life, his philosophy, his ideas and his inspirational quotes are still alive, will live forever and continue to give us inspiration.

Read the valuable thoughts or ideas came out of the powerful motivative brain of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Accept & apply those in your life as far as possible, always remember God, and feel the positive energy always in life and be successful in life. You will find depth, wisdom & practical takeaways in his sayings.

In some quotes, some words in bold indicate some specific idea kept together.


  1. Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  2. What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  3. Nothing external to you has any power over you. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  4. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  5. We must be our own before we can be other’s. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  6. Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  7. What you are comes to you. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  8. Nothing is as last sacred but the integrity of your own mind. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  9. Every man I meet is in some way my superior. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  10. It is easy to live for others, everybody does. I call on you to live for yourself. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  11. Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants and to serve them one’s self ? — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  12. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  13. Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  14. Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  15. Enthusiasm (intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval, उत्साह, जोश, उमंग ) is the mother of effort and without it nothing great was ever achieved. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  16. Enthusiasm is one of the more powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality. Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful, and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  17. Passion (strong and barely controllable emotion, जुनून ) rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  18. It is a fact often observed, that men have written good verses under the inspiration of passion, who can not write well under other circumstances. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  19. Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you, you have to win it. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  20. We aim above the mark to hit the mark. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  21. Successful is the person who has lived well, laughed often and loved much, who has gained the respect of children, who leaves the world better than they found it, who has never lacked appreciation for the earth’s beauty, who never fails to look for the best in others or give the best of themselves. Write it on your heart that everyday is the best day in the year. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  22. No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  23. 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 for abundance. Success comes from within, not from without. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  24. Every man is a consumer and ought to be a producer. He is by constitution expensive, and needs to be rich. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  25. A man is a god in ruins.When men are innocent,life shall be longer and shall pass into the immortal, as gently as we awake from dreams. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  26. A man is a method, a progressive arrangement, a selecting principle, gathering his like to him, wherever he goes. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  27. Man is priest, and scholar, and statesman, and producer, and soldier. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  28. Men admire the men who can organise their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  29. This is my wish for you : Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, love to complete your life. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  30. Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  31. Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood. All is riddle (a question or statement intentionally phrased so as to require ingenuity in ascertaining its answer or meaning, typically presented as a game, पहेली ) and the key to a riddle is another riddle. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  32. As soon as there is life, there is danger. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  33. It is not length of life, but depth of life. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  34. Life is a journey, not a destination. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  35. A chief event of life is the day in which we have encountered a mind that startled us. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  36. The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. Write it on your heart that everyday is the best day in the year. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  37. Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  38. Life is our dictionary. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  39. A man is the whole encyclopaedia (a book or set of books giving information on many subjects or on many aspects of one subject and typically arranged alphabetically, विश्वकोश ) of facts. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  40. Every fact is related on one side to sensation, and on the other to morals. The game of thought is, on the appearance of one of these two sides, to find the other : given the upper, to find the under side. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  41. Cause and effect, are two sides of one fact. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  42. Shallow man believe in luck. Strong man believe in cause and effect. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  43. Do the thing and you will have the power. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  44. The secret in education lies in respecting the students. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  45. There is more difference in the quality of our pleasures than in the amount. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  46. There is no chance and anarchy (a state of disorder due to absence or nonrecognition of authority, अराजकता ) in the universe. All is system and gradation. Every God is there sitting in his sphere. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  47. Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  48. Society is always taken by surprise at any new example of common sense. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  49. We are born believing. A man bears beliefs as a tree bears apples. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  50. Our faith comes in moments, our  vice is habitual. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  51. The faith that stands on authority is not faith. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  52. Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love. Your goodness must have some edge to it, else it is none. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  53. The best effort of a fine person is felt after we have left their presence. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  54. Trust men and they will be true to you. Treat them greatly and they will show themselves great. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  55. A man builds a fine house, and now he has a master, and a task for life : he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days.
  56. Every spirit builds itself a house; and beyond its house a world; and beyond its world, a heaven. Know then, that the world exists for you. For you is the phenomenon perfect. What we are, that only can we see. All that Adam had, all that Caesar could, you have and can do. Adam called his house, heaven and earth; Caesar called his house, Rome; you perhaps call yours, a cobler’s trade; a hundred acres of ploughed land; or a scholar’s garret. Yet line for line and point for point, your dominion is as great as theirs, though without fine names. Build, therefore, your own world. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  57. Every spirit makes its house, and we can give a shrewd (having or showing sharp powers of judgment, चालाक, समझदार ) guess from the house to the inhabitant. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  58. 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 thine, or his, but we are its; we are its property and men. And the blue sky in which the private earth is buried, the sky with its eternal calm, and full of everlasting orbs, is the type of Reason. That which, intellectually considered, we call Reason, considered in relation to nature, we call Spirit. Spirit is the Creator. Spirit hath life in itself. And man in all ages and countries, embodies it in his language, as the ‘Father’. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  59. Build therefore your own world. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  60. Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  61. Nobody/Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  62. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  63. The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  64. A man is relieved and gay (lighthearted and carefree) when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise shall give him no peace. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  65. Happy is the hearing man. Unhappy the speaking man. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  66. The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  67. Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting some on yourself. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  68. Manners require time, and nothing is more vulgar (lacking sophistication or good taste; unrefined, अशिष्ट, असभ्य, अभद्र ) than haste. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  69. Fine manners need the support of fine manners in others. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  70. As we are, so we associate. The good, by affinity, seek the good; the vile, by affinity, the vile. Thus, of their own volition (the faculty or power of using one’s will, इच्छाशक्ति ), souls proceed into Heaven, into Hell. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  71. A man in debt is so far a slave. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  72. Be not the slave of your own past – plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  73. For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  74. The reward of a thing well done is having done it. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  75. Doing well is the result of doing good. That is what capitalism is all about. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  76. A man’s growth is seen in the successive choirs of his friends. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  77. Wherever the invitation of men or your own occasions lead you, speak the very truth as your life and conscience teach it, and cheer the waiting, fainting hearts of men with new hope and new revelation. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  78. The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  79. An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  80. All I have seen teaches me to trust the creator for all I have not seen. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  81. Power and speed be hands and feet. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  82. Nothing astonishes man so much as common sense and plain dealing. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  83. We are symbols, and inhabit symbols. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  84. Mysticism ( रहस्यवाद ) is the mistake of an accidental and individual symbol for an universal one. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  85. The reason why men do not obey us, is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  86. There is creative reading as well as creative writing. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  87. There is always safety in valor (great courage in the face of danger, especially in battle, वीरता ). — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  88. People disparage (regard or represent as being of little worth, उपेक्षा करना ) knowing and the intellectual life, and urge doing. I am content with knowing, if only I could know. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  89. We are wiser than we know. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  90. Knowledge is knowing that we can not know. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  91. No men ever prayed heartily without learning something. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  92. If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  93. Every burned book enlightenes the world. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  94. Some books leave us free, and some books make us free. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  95. O Day of days when we can read ! The reader and the book, either without the other is not. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  96. Each age, it is found, must write its own books; or rather, each generation for the next succeeding. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  97. The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  98. Wisdom has its root in goodness, not goodness its root in wisdom. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  99. The sum of wisdom is that time is never lost that is devoted to work. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  100. Before we acquire great power, we must acquire wisdom to use it well. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.

  1. The first wealth is health. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  2. Health is the condition of wisdom, and the sign is cheerfulness — an open and noble temper. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  3. The health of the eye seem to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  4. I have lost my mental faculties (an inherent mental or physical power, आंतरिक शक्ति ), but am perfectly well. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  5. A man is usually more careful of his money than he is of his principles. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  6. Money often costs too much. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  7. Let not the tie be mercenary [(of a person or their behavior) primarily concerned with making money at the expense of ethics, किराये का, भाड़े का ], though the service is measured in money. Make yourself necessary to somebody. Do not make life hard to any. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  8. Who hears me, who understands me, becomes mine, a possession for all time. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  9. We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we receive. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  10. Give a boy address and accomplishments and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes where he goes. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  11. We do not yet possess ourselves, and we know at the same time that we are much more. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  12. We are a puny (small and weak, नन्हा ) and fickle (changing frequently, especially as regards one’s loyalties, interests, or affection, चंचल ) folk. Avarice (extreme greed for wealth or material gain, लोभ ), hesitation and following are our — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  13. All diseases run into one – old age. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  14. Laugh as much as you breathe, and love as long as you live. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  15. If you would lift me up, you must be on higher ground. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  16. Little minds have little worries, big minds have no time for worries. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  17. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin [(in mythology and fairy tales) a mischievous imp or sprite, डरावना, काग-डरावना, पक्षियों को डराने का पुतला ] of little minds, adored by little statesman and philosophers and divines. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  18. The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is, because man is disunited with himself. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  19. Unless you try to do something beyond what you already have mastered, you will never grow. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  20. The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising everytime we fall. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  21. Every wall is a door. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  22. Don’t be too timid and squeamish {(of a person) easily made to feel sick, faint, or disgusted, especially by unpleasant images, such as the sight of blood, नकचढ़ा, अति शंकायुक्त } about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  23. Most of the shadows of this life are caused by standing in one’s own sunshine. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  24. As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  25. Every man has his own courage, and is betrayed because he seeks in himself the courage of other persons. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  26. A great part of courage is the courage of having done the thing before. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  27. Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  28. Do the thing we fear, and death of fear is certain. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  29. It was high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, ‘Always do what you are afraid to do’. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  30. What you are afraid to do, is a clear indication of the next thing you need to do. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  31. He who is not everyday conquering some fear, has not learned the secret of life. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  32. A hero is no braver than an ordinary man. But he is brave five minutes longer. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  33. Every hero becomes a bore at last. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  34. The characteristic of genuine heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But, when you have resolved to be great, abide by yourself, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic can not be the common, nor the common the heroic. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  35. Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  36. We gain the strength of the temptation (a desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise, प्रलोभन ) we resist. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  37. We acquire the strength we have overcome. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  38. The world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  39. Every man in his lifetime needs to thank his faults. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  40. Every man supposes himself not to be fully understood or appreciated. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  41. We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  42. Children are all foreigners. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  43. For every benefit you receive, a tax is levied. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  44. In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  45. Trust your instinct to the end, though you can render no reason. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  46. Stand guard at the portal of your mind. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  47. 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.
  48. But only that soul can be my friend which I encounter on the line of my own march, that soul to which I do not decline, and which does not decline me, but, native of the same celestial latitude, repeats in its own all my experience. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  49. A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  50. I did not find my friends, the good Lord gave them to me. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  51. It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  52. The only way to have a friend is to be one. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  53. Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  54. Character is always known. Thefts never enrich, alms never impoverish, murder will speak out of stone walls. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  55. Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  56. People do not seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  57. The wave of evil washes all our institutions alike. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  58. Genius always finds itself a century too early. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  59. The man of genius inspires us with a boundless confidence in our own powers. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  60. Common sense is genius dressed in its working clothes. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  61. Great geniuses have the shortest biographies. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  62. All great men come out of the middle classes. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  63. A great man stands on God. A small man on a great man. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  64. Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force – that thoughts rule the world. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  65. Great men or men of great gifts you shall easily find, but symmetrical men never. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  66. Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  67. The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  68. People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced one never. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  69. 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. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  70. It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  71. Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  72. Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  73. Prayer that craves a particular commodity—anything less than all good, is vicious. Prayer is the contemplation of the facts of life from the highest point of view. It is the soliloquy of a beholding and jubilant soul. It is the spirit of God pronouncing his works good. But prayer as a means to effect a private end is theft and meanness. It supposes dualism and not unity in nature and consciousness. As soon as the man is at one with God, he will not beg. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  74. God enters by a private door into every individual. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  75. Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey the laws too well. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  76. Every artist was first an amateur (a person who engages in a pursuit, especially a sport, on an unpaid basis, शौक़ीन व्यक्ति ). — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  77. Cultivate the habit of being 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 all things in your gratitude. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  78. Life is short, but there is always time enough for courtesy. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  79. Write it on your heart that everyday is the best day in the year. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  80. Write it on your heart that everyday is the best day in the year. He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no dout crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day, begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. This new day is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on the yesterdays. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  81. In all my lectures, I have taught one doctrine, namely, the infinitude of the private man. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  82. There is a tendency for things to right themselves. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  83. As we grow old, the beauty steals inward. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  84. This time like all times is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  85. I hate the giving of the hand unless the whole man accompanies it. God screens us evermore from premature ideas. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  86. Make yourself necessary to somebody. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  87. I think we must get rid of slavery or we must get rid of freedom. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  88. Every mind must make its choice between truth and repose (a state of rest, sleep, or tranquillity, सोना ). It can not have both. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  89. Fiction reveals truth that reality obscures. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  90. Reality is a sliding door. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  91. Truth is the property of no individual, but is the treasure of all. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  92. In the morning, a man walks with his whole body, in the evening only with his legs. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  93. All mankind love a lover. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  94. Love of beauty is taste. Creation of beauty is art. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  95. Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  96. Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  97. Beauty is the mark God sets upon virtue. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  98. Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised (feel contempt or a deep repugnance for, तुच्छ समझना ), except by those to whom it has been refused. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  99. A more secret, sweet and overpowering beauty appears to men when his heart and mind open to the sentiment of virtue. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  100. The secret of ugliness consists not in irregularity, but in being uninteresting. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  101. Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  102. Truth is beautiful without doubt, but so are lies. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  103. The true philosopher and the true poet are one, and a beauty, which is truth, and a truth, which is beauty, is the aim of both. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  104. A good indignation (anger or annoyance provoked by what is perceived as unfair treatment, रोष ) brings out all one’s powers. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  105. The desire of gold is not for gold. It is for the means of freedom and benefit.  — Ralph Waldo Emerson. 
  106. Why need I volumes, if one would suffice ? — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  107. There is a blessed necessity by which the interest of men is always driving them to the right, and again making all crime mean and ugly. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  108. Men are what their mothers made them. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  109. The age of a woman does not mean a thing. The best tunes are played on the oldest fiddles (a violin, बेला, सारंगी, चिकारा ). — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  110. I have thought a sufficient measure of civilisation is the influence of good women. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  111. As long as civilisation is essentially one of property, of fences, of exclusiveness, it will be mocked by delusions. Our riches will leave us sick, there will be bitterness in our laughter, and our wine will burn our mouth. Only that good profits which we can taste with all doors open, and which serves all men. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  112. The civilised man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  113. The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilisation. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  114. Nature always wears the colors of the spirit. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  115. Adopt the pace of nature, her secret is patience. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  116. Every particular in nature, a leaf, a drop, a crystal, a moment of time is related to the whole and partakes (take part, हिस्सा लेना ) of the perfection of the whole. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  117. Nature is a mutable (liable to change, परिवर्तनशील ) cloud which is always and never the same. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  118. Nature hates calculators. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  119. Live in the sunshine. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  120. Throw a stone into the stream and the ripples that propagate themselves are the beautiful type of all influence. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  121. The happiest man is he who learns from nature the lesson of worship. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  122. The method of nature, who could ever analyse it ? — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  123. Every natural fact is a symbol of some spiritual fact. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  124. Nature is the incarnation (a person who embodies in the flesh a deity, spirit, or abstract quality, अवतार ) of thought. The world is the mind precipitated (cause a substance to be deposited in solid form from a solution, ठोस होना ). — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  125. Everything in nature contains all the powers of nature. Everything is made of one hidden stuff. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  126. 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. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  127. What is weed (a wild plant growing where it is not wanted and in competition with cultivated plants, जंगली घास ) ? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  128. The vegetable life does not content itself with casting from the flower or the tree a single seed, but it fills the air and earth with a prodigality (lavishness, आधिक्य, फिजूलख़र्ची ) of seeds, that, if thousands perish, thousands may plant themselves, that hundreds may come up, that tens may live to maturity; that, at least one may replace the parent. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  129. Philosophically considered, the universe is composed of the Nature and the Soul. Strictly speaking, therefore, all that is separate from us, all which Philosophy distinguishes as the ‘Not me’, that is, both nature and art, all other men and my own body, must be ranked under this name ‘Nature’. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  130. The sky is the daily bread of the eyes. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  131. The world is emblematic (serving as a symbol of a particular quality or concept; symbolic, प्रतीकात्मक). Parts of speech are metaphors (a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable, रूपक), because the whole of nature is a metaphor of the human mind. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  132. Have mountains, and waves, and skies, no significance but what we consciously give them, when we employ them as emblems of our thoughts ? — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  133. A man’s power to connect his thought with its proper symbol, and so to utter it, depends on the simplicity of his character, that is, upon his love of truth, and his desire to communicate it without loss. — Ralph Waldo Emerson. 
  134. We see God face to face every hour and know the savor (a characteristic taste, flavor, or smell, especially a pleasant one, स्वाद, मज़ा, दिलचस्पी ) of Nature. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  135. Our admiration of the antique (a collectible object such as a piece of furniture or work of art that has a high value because of its considerable age, प्राचीन वस्तुओं ) is not admiration of the old, but of the natural. — Ralph Waldo Emerson. 
  136. Only as far as the masters of the world have called in nature to their aid, can they reach the height of magnificence. This is the meaning of their hanging-gardens, villas, garden-houses, islands, parks, and preserves. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  137. The earth loves in — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  138. Flowers are a proud assertion (a confident and forceful statement of fact or belief ) that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  139. For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  140. Pictures must not be too picturesque (visually attractive, especially in a quaint or pretty style, सुरम्य ). — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  141. You can not do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  142. Revolutions go not backward. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  143. Curiosity is lying in wait for every secret. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  144. In every society, some men are born to rule, and some to advice. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  145. Preaching (deliver a sermon or religious address to an assembled group of people, typically in church, धर्म संबन्धी शिक्षा देना ) is the expression of the moral sentiment in application to the duties of life. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  146. What is a farm but a mute gospel ? — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  147. I like the silent Church before the service begins, better than any preaching. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  148. Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper of God. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  149. Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear what you are saying. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  150. Use what language you will, you can never say anything but what you are. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  151. Be silly, be honest, be kind. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  152. Words are finite organs of the infinite mind. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  153. Words are also actions and actions are a kind of words. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  154. If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years how man would marvel and stare. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  155. But if a man would be alone, let him look at the stars. The rays that come from those heavenly worlds, will separate between him and vulgar things. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  156. Hitch (move into a different position with a jerk ) your wagon to a star. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  157. It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy, that the world owes the world more than the world can pay. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  158. Jesus Christ belonged to the true race of prophets. He saw with open eye the mystery of the soul. Drawn by its severe harmony, ravished (filled with intense delight, अति उत्साहित ) with its beauty, he lived in it and had his being there. Alone in all history, he estimated the greatness of man. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  159. Science doesnot know its debt to imagination. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  160. Men love to wonder and that is the seed of science. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  161. Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody, before it was actually verified. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  162. There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snow-storm. We wake from one dream into another dream. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  163. Without electricity, the air would rot. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  164. Our best thoughts come from others. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  165. The revelation of thought takes man out of servitude into freedom. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  166. The highest revelation is that God is in every man. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  167. If the tongue had not been framed for articulation (the action of putting into words an idea or feeling of a specified type, जोड़बंदी ), man would still be a beast in the forest. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  168. Men’s actions are too strong for them. Show me a man who has acted, and who has not been the victim and slave of his action. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  169. The value of a dollar is social, as it is created by society. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  170. We are symbols and inhabit symbols. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  171. There is an optical illusion (an experience of seeming to see something that does not exist or that is other than it appears, दृष्टि भ्रम, दृष्टिभ्रान्ति ) about every person we meet. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  172. People only see what they are prepared to see. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  173. When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  174. Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  175. There are other measures of self-respect for a man than the number of clean shirts he puts on everyday. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  176. I hate quotations. Tell me what you know. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  177. Every book is a quotation, and every house is a quotation out of all forests, and mines, and stone quarries, and every man is a quotation from all his ancestors. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  178. What we seek, we shall find. What we flee from, flees from us. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  179. The intitution of the moral sentiment is an insight of the perfection of the laws of the soul. These laws execute themselves. They are out of time, out of space, and not subject to circumstance. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  180. Every sentence spoken by Napoleon, and every line of his writing, deserves reading, as it is the sense of France. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  181. The smoothest curled courtier (a person who attends a royal court as a companion or adviser to the king or queen, राजदरबारी ) in the boudoirs (a woman’s bedroom or private room) of a palace has an animal nature, rude and aboriginal as a white bear. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  182. We have listened too long to the courtly Muses [(in Greek and Roman mythology) each of nine goddesses, the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne, who preside over the arts and sciences, सरस्वती ] of Europe. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  183. The greatest delight which the fields and woods minister is the suggestion of an occult (of, involving, or relating to supernatural, mystical, or magical powers or phenomena, रहस्यमय ) relation. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  184. It is my desire, in the office of a Christian minister, to do nothing which I can not do with my whole heart. Having said this I have said all. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  185. Sorrow looks back, worry looks around, faith looks up. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  186. America is another name for opportunity. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.
  187. America is not civil, whilst Africa is barbarous. — Ralph Waldo Emerson.


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