Ralph Waldo Emerson

1803 - 1882

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- under all these screens I have diffuculty to detect the precise man you are: and of course so much force is withdrawn from your proper life.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

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

We pass for what we are.  Character teaches above our wills.  Men imagine that they communicate thier virtue or vice by overt actions, and do not see that virtue or vice emit a breath ever moment....One tendency unites them all.  The voyage of the best ship is a zsig zag line of a hundred tacks.  See the line from a sufficent distance and it straightens itslef to the average tendency.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Self Reliance

Contributed by: Chrissy

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

The force of character is cumulative.  All the foregone days of virtue work thier health into this.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Self Reliance

Contributed by: Chrissy

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every true man is a cause, a country, and an age; requires infinite spaces and numbers and time fully to accomplish his design; - and posterity seem to follow his steps as a train of clients.
A man Caesar is born, and for ages after we have a Roman Empire.  Christ is born, and millions of minds so grow and cleave to his genius that he is confounded with virtue and the possible of man.  An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man; as Monachism, of the Hermit Antony; the Reformation, of Luther; Quakerism, of Fox; Methodism, of Wesley; Abolition, of Clarkson.  Scipio, Milton called "the height of Rome;" and all history resolves itslef very easity into the biography of a few stout and earnest persons.
Let a man then know his worth, and keep things under his feet.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Self Reliance

Contributed by: Chrissy

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