Ralph Waldo Emerson

Country United States
Born Wednesday, 25 May 1803
Quotes 131
Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet.
Title Category
The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. Uncategorized
A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days. Uncategorized
As soon as there is life there is danger. Uncategorized
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. Uncategorized
It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. Uncategorized
In every work of genius we see our own rejected thoughts. Uncategorized
These times of ours are series and full of calamity, but all times are essentially alike. As soon as there is life there is danger. Uncategorized
Men are conservatives when they are least vigorous, or when they are most luxurious. They are conservatives after dinner. Uncategorized
The bitterest tragic element in life to be derived from an intellectual source is the belief in a brute Fate or Destiny. Uncategorized
Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit. Uncategorized
In the highest civilization, the book is still the highest delight. He who has once known its satisfactions is provided with a resource against calamity. Uncategorized
Every artist was first an amateur. Uncategorized
Next to the originator of a good sentence is the first quoter of it. Uncategorized
The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence. Uncategorized
When a whole nation is roaring Patriotism at the top of its voice, I am fain to explore the cleanness of its hands and purity of its heart. Uncategorized
Immortality. I notice that as soon as writers broach this question they begin to quote. I hate quotation. Tell me what you know. Uncategorized
Whatever limits us, we call Fate. Uncategorized
Trust men and they will be true to you; treat them greatly, and they will show themselves great. Uncategorized
The key to every man is his thought.... He can only be reformed by showing him a new idea which commands his own. Uncategorized
To be great is to be misunderstood. Uncategorized