Ralph Waldo Emerson

1803 - 1882

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

What you are speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you are saying.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

His tongue was framed to music,
And his hand was armed with skill,
His face was the mould of beauty,
And his heart the throne of will.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on hope and despair

"But in the mud and scum of things
There always, always something sings."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on genius, cowards, god, time, and hope

There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better for worse as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.

Not for nothing one face, one character, one fact makes much impression on him, and another none. This sculpture in the memory is not without preéstablishcd harmony. The eye was placed where one ray should fall, that it might testify of that particular ray. We but half express ourselves, and are ashamed of that divine idea which each of us represents. It may be safely trusted as proportionate and of good issues, so it be faithfully imparted, but God will not have his work made manifest by cowards. A man is relieved and gay when he has put his heart into his work and done his best; but what he has said or done otherwise shall give hint no peace. It is a deliverance which does not deliver. In the attempt his genius deserts him; no muse befriends; no invention, no hope.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The problem of restoring to the world original and eternal beauty is solved by the redemption of the soul.... The reason why the world lacks unity, and lies broken and in heaps, is because man is disunited in himself.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Nature, chapter VIII

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on emerson, nature, trees, attorney, transcendentalism, and buddhism

The tradesman, the attorney comes out of the din and craft of the street, and sees the sky and wood, and is a man again. In their eternal calm, he finds himself. The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Nature

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on consistency, foolishness, and mistakes

Foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on light and nothing

From within or from behind, a light shines through us upon things and makes us aware that we are nothing, but the light is all.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: The Essence of Wisdom, Pages: 20

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on virtue, vice, self, and growth

Men imagine that they communicate their virtue or vice only by overt actions, and do not see that virtue or vice emit a breath every moment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Self-Reliance

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