Ralph Waldo Emerson

1803 - 1882

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

Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members.  Society is a joint stock-stock company, in which the members agree, for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater.  The virtue in most request is conformity.  Self-reliance is its aversion.  It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Self Reliance

Contributed by: Chrissy

A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on growth, living, and change

We don't grow old.  When we cease to grow, we become old.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

A nation never fails but by suicide.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on fear

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Do what you fear and your fear will die.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on success and succeed

To laugh often and much;
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others;
To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition;
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived.
This is to have succeeded.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: although this quote has always been attributed to Emerson, it has never been located within any of his work.

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A Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson on passion, animals, and horses

"Riding a horse is not a gentle hobby, to be picked up and laid down like a game of Solitaire.  It is a grand passion."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

Source: thinkexist.com

Contributed by: stephanie

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