Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes & Wallpapers

Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Whatever you do, you need courage. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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A complete man should need no auxiliaries to his personal presence. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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No one can cheat you out of ultimate success but yourself. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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You have first an instinct, then an opinion, then a knowledge, as the plant has root, bud, and fruit. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Solvency is maintained by means of a national debt, on the principle, If you will not lend me the money, how can I pay you? Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Old & New put their stamp to everything in Nature. The snowflake that is now falling is marked by both. The present moment gives the motion & the color of the flake: Antiquity, its form & properties. All things wear a luster which is the gift of the present & a tarnish of time. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Coal lay in ledges under the ground since the Flood, until a laborer with pick and windlass brings it to the surface. We may well call it black diamonds. Every basket is power and civilization. For coal is a portable climate. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Self reliance, the height and perfection of man, is reliance on God. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Come, see the north-wind's masonry, Out of an unseen quarry evermore Furnished with tile, the fierce artificer Curves his white bastions with projected roof Round every windward stake, or tree, or door. Speeding, the myriad-handed, his wild work So fanciful, so savage, naught cares he For number or proportion. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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There is really no insurmountable barrier save your own inherent weakness of purpose. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The Indian who was laid under a curse, that the wind should not blow on him, nor water flow to him, nor fire burn him, is a type of us all. The dearest events are summer-rain, and we the Para coats that shed every drop. Nothing is left us now but death. We look to that with a grim satisfaction, saying, there at least is reality that will not dodge us. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Sooner or later that which is now life shall be poetry, and every fair and manly trait shall add a richer strain to the song. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Love, which is the essence of God, is not for levity, but for the total worth of man. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nature arms each man with some faculty which enables him to do easily some feat impossible to any other. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Do the thing and you will have the power. But they that do not the thing, had not the power. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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We take care of our health; we lay up money; we make our roof tight, and our clothing sufficient; but who provides wisely that he shall not be wanting in the best property of all, -friends? Ralph Waldo Emerson
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There never was a strong character that was not made strong by discipline of the will; there never was a strong people that did not rank subordination and discipline among the signal virtues. Subjection to moods is the mark of a deteriorating morality. There is no baser servitude than that of the man whose caprices are his masters, and a nation composed of such men could not long preserve its liberties. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The use of literature is to afford us a platform whence we may command a view of our present life, a purchase by which we may move it....we see literature best from the midst of wild nature, or from the din of affairs, or from a high religion. The field cannot be well seen from within the field. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nor knowest thou what argument Thy life to thy neighbor's creed has lent. All are needed by each one; Nothing is fair or good alone. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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If a man's eye is on the Eternal, his intellect will grow. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I know and see too well, when not voluntarily blind, the speedy limits opersons called high and worthy. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The unbelief of the age is attested by the loud condemnation of trifles. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Experience is the only teacher, and we get his lesson indifferently in any school. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Friendship requires more time than poor busy men can usually command. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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A cultivated man, wise to know and bold to perform, is the end to which nature works. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nature is no spendthrift, but takes the shortest way to her ends. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Conservatism, ever more timorous and narrow, disgusts the children, and drives them for a mouthful of fresh air into radicalism. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Every ship is a romantic object, except that we sail in. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The spirit of our American radicalism is destructive and aimless; it is not loving; it has no ulterior and divine ends; but is destructive only out of hatred and selfishness. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Allow yourself to trust joy and embrace it. You will find you dance with everything. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The power of love, as the basis of a State, has never been tried. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The greatest discoveries are those that shed light unto ourselves. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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There is no way to success in art but to take off your coat, grind paint, and work like a digger on the railroad, all day and every day. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nature has made up her mind that what cannot defend itself shall not be defended. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Two may talk and one may hear, but three cannot take part in a conversation of the most sincere and searching sort. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The eye of prudence may never shut. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Genius appeals to the future. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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In science we have to consider two things: power and circumstance. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Something is wanting to science until it has been humanised. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Hidden away in the inner nature of the real man is the law of his life, and someday he will discover it and consciously make use of it. He will heal himself, make himself happy and prosperous, and life in an entirely different world. For he will have discovered that life is from within and not from without. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul Ralph Waldo Emerson
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We live by our imagination, our admirations, and our sentiments. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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We mark with light in the memory the few interviews we have had with souls that made our souls wiser, that spoke what we thought, that told us what we knew, that gave us leave to be what we inly are. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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What school, college, or lecture bring men depends on what men bring to carry it home in. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Whence, then, this worship of the past? The centuries are conspirators against the sanity and authority of the soul. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Our age is retrospective. It builds the sepulchres of the fathers. It writes biographies, histories and criticism. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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I suppose every old scholar has had the experience of reading something in a book which was significant to him, but which he could never find again. Sure he is that he read it there, but no one else ever read it, nor can he find it again, though he buy the book and ransack every page. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Love what is simple and beautiful. These are the essentials. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Nobody trips over mountains. It is the small pebble that causes you to stumble. Pass all the pebbles in your path and you will find you have crossed the mountain. The mind does not create what it perceives, anymore than the eye creates the rose. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Men are respectable only as they respect. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The life of truth is cold. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Tis curious that we only believe as deeply as we live. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Many of the historical proverbs have a doubtful paternity. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Is the acorn better than the oak which is its fullness and completion? Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The affections cannot keep their youth any more than men. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The men who come on the stage at one period are all found to be related to each other. Certain ideas are in the air. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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It is curious that Christianity, which is idealism, is sturdily defended by the brokers, and steadily attacked by the idealists. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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How beautiful to have the church always open, so that every tired wayfaring man may come in and be soothed by all that art can suggest of a better world when he is weary with this. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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A believer, a mind whose faith is consciousness, is never disturbed because other persons do not yet see the fact which he sees. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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If you would know what nobody knows, read what everybody reads, just one year afterwards. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The picture waits for my verdict; it is not to command me, but I am to settle its claim to praise. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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How we hate this solemn Ego that accompanies the learned, like a double, wherever he goes. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Truth has already ceased to be itself if polemically said. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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