Ralph Waldo Emerson

1803 - 1882

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on greatness and simplicity

Nothing is more simple than greatness; indeed, to be simple is to be great.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on humanity, respect, honor, and reality

Let us treat men and women well; treat them as if they were real.
Perhaps they are.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hitch your wagon to a star

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on self, summer, and winter

I please myself with the graces of the winter scenery, and believe that we are as much touched by it as by the genial influences of summer.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Nature

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on future, life, nature, past, and time

These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God to-day.  There is no time in them.  There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence.  Before a leaf-bud has burst, its whole life acts; in the full-blown flower there is no more; in the leafless root there is no less.  Its nature is satisfied, and it satisfies nature, in all moments alike.  But man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future.  He cannot be happy and strong until he too lives with nature in the present above time.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Self-Reliance

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on awareness, dream, mind, and time

Our eyes are holden that we cannot see things that stare us in the face, until the hour arrives when the mind is ripened; then we behold them, and the time when we saw them not is like a dream.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Spiritual Laws

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on coal, power, civilization, and black diamond

Coal lay in ledges under the ground since the Flood, until a laborer with pick and windlass brings it to the surface. We may well call it black diamonds. Every basket is power and civilization. For coal is a portable climate.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: The Conduct of Life, 1860.

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on hug, correction, children, teacher, education, modesty, and respect

Of course you will insist on modesty in the children, and respect to their teachers, but if the boy stops you in your speech, cries out that you are wrong and sets you right, hug him!

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Lectures and Biographical Sketches[1883], "Education"

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on squirrel, bee, honey, nuts, work, and providing

The squirrel hoards nuts and the bee gathers honey, without knowing what they do, and they are thus provided for without selfishness or disgrace.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: The Portable Emerson

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on life, nature, observer, and universe

The universe is a more amazing puzzle than ever, as you glance along this bewildering series of animated forms, - the hazy butterflies, the carved shells, the birds, beasts, fishes, snakes, and the upheaving principle of life everywhere incipient, in the very rock aping organized forms.  Not a form so grotesque, so savage, nor so beautiful but is an expression of some property inherent in man the observer, - an occult relation between the very scorpions and man.  I feel the centipede in me, - cayman, carp, eagle, and fox.  I am moved by strange sympathies; I say continually, "I will be a naturalist."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Journals

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