Ralph Waldo Emerson

1803 - 1882

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on journey, light, and moon

Go out of the house to see the moon, and't is mere tinsel; it will not please as when its light shines upon your necessary journey.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Nature

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on life, nature, and space

In the woods, we return to reason and faith.  There I feel nothing can befall me in life, - no disgrace, no calamity, (leaving me my eyes,) which nature cannot repair.  Standing on the bare ground, - my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space, - all mean egotism vanishes.  I become a transparent eye-ball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Nature

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on mind

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He then learns that in going down into the secrets of his own mind he has descended into the secrets of all minds.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Essays

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on great and opportunity

No great man ever complains of want of opportunities.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on ancestors, life, and music

In different hours, a man represents each of several of his ancestors, as if there were seven or eight of us rolled up in each man's skin, - seven or eight ancestors at least, and they constitute the variety of notes for that new piece of music which his life is.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson: The Conduct of Life

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on nature and spirit

Nature is made to conspire with spirit to emancipate us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Nature

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on connection, nature, and space

Shakespeare possesses the power of subordinating nature for the purposes of expression, beyond all poets.  His imperial muse tosses the creation like a bauble from hand to hand, and uses it to embody any caprice of thought that is uppermost in his mind.  The remotest spaces of nature are visited, and the farthest sundered things are brought together, by subtle spiritual connection.  We are made aware that magnitude of material things is relative, and all objects shrink and expand to serve the passion of the poet.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Treasury of Thought: Forming an Encyclopædia of Quotation from Ancient & Modern Authors

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on life

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

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Civilization's Quotations: Life's Ideal

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on light and mind

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A man should learn to detect and watch that gleam of light which flashes across his mind from within, more than the luster of the firmament of bards and sages.  Yet he dismisses without notice his thought, because it is his.  In every work of genius we recognize our own rejected thoughts; they come back to us with a certain alienated majesty.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Self-Reliance

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on circle, life, and nature

Our life is an apprenticeship to the truth that around every circle another can be drawn; that there is no end in nature, but every end is a beginning; that there is always another dawn risen on mid-noon, and under every deep a lower deep opens.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Circles

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