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Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson.
BornMay 25, 1803
Boston, Massachusetts
DiedApril 27, 1882
Concord, New Hampshire
American poet and essayist. Leader of the New England transcendentalist movement. Best known for Essays (1841, 1844) and The Conduct of Life (1860).

The repository contains 33 quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson.
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If you cannot be free, be as free as you can.


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


Truth is a beautiful thing indeed, but so is a lie.


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


The only sin which we never forgive in each other is difference of opinion.


Who loses time loses life.


For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.

Courage and Fear

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


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


Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have 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.


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

Courage and Fear

It was a high counsel that I once heard given to a young person, “Always do what you are afraid to do.”

Success and Failure

How do you measure success? To laugh often, and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a redeemed social condition, or a job well done; to know even one other life has breathed because you lived this is to have succeeded.


Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.


Common sense is genius dressed in working clothes.

Success and Failure

The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.


Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

Courage and Fear

In skating over thin ice, our safety is in our speed.


I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.


If a man write a better book, or make a better mouse-trap, the world will make a beaten path to his door.

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