Ralph Waldo Emerson

1803 - 1882

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every decent and well-spoken individual affects and sways me more than is right.  I ought to go upright and vital and speak the rude truth in all ways.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Self Reliance

Contributed by: Chrissy

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

...truth is handsomer than the affectation of love.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Self Reliance

Contributed by: Chrissy

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Men do what is called a good action, as some piece of courage or charity, much as they would pay a fine in expiation of daily non-appearance on parage.  Thier works are done as an apology or extenuation of thier living in the world.-as invalids and the insane pay a high  board.  Thier virtues are penances.  I do not wish to expiate, but to live.  My life is for itself and not a spectacle.  ....I can not consent to pay for privilege where I have intrinsic right.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Self Reliance

Contributed by: Chrissy

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after your own; but a great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: self

Contributed by: Chrissy

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The objection to conforming to usages that have become dead to you is that it scatters your force.  It loses your time and blurs the impression of your character.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Self Reliance

Contributed by: Chrissy

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you maintain a dead church, contribute to a dead Bible-society, vote with a great party either for the government or against it, spread your table like base housekeepers, - under all these screens I have diffuculty to detect the precise man you are: and of course so much force is withdrawn from your proper life.  But do your work and I shall know you.  Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself.  A man must consider what a blind-man's bluff is this game of conformity.  If I know your sect I anticipate your argument.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Self Reliance

Contributed by: Chrissy

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Well, most men have bound thier eyes with one or another handkerchief, and attached themselves to some one of these communities of opinion.  This conformity makes them not false in a few particulars, author of a few lies, but false in all particulars.  Thier every  truth is not quite true.  Thier two is not the  real two, thier four is not the real four; so that every word they say chagrins us and we know not where to begin to set them right. 
Meantime nature is not slow to equip us in the prison uniform of the party to which we adhere.  We come to wear one cut of face and figure, and aquire, by degrees, the gentlest asinine expression.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Self Reliance

Contributed by: Chrissy

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

A man must know how to estimate a sour face.  The sour face of the multitude, like thier sweet faces, have no deep cause, but are put on and off as the wind blows and the newspaper directs.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: self

Contributed by: Chrissy

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.  With consistency a great sould has simply nothing to do.  He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Self Reliance

Contributed by: Chrissy

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Speak what you think now in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said today.  Ah, so you shall be misunderstood?  Is it so bad then to be misunderstood?  Pythagoras was misunderstoon, 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 (1803 - 1882)

Source: Self Reliance

Contributed by: Chrissy

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